Is Self-Care Selfish?

“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” ~Parker Palmer
Self-Care is never a selfish-act | RachaelRoehmholdt.com

Do you ever look at the women who go out and get their hair done regularly or show up to events looking completely polished and pulled together, and think to yourself “wow, she must have a nanny or a lot of money in order to get that kind of royal treatment”?

I used to too.

I used to think that the only way that moms who actually presented themselves well to the world (read: not in yoga pants and sweatshirts every day) were the ones that had means far beyond what I did.

That somehow they could afford a better life.

That somehow they deserved a better life than I did.

That they were selfish for spending time on themselves instead of their families.

In the past few months, I’ve discovered just how wrong I’ve been about all of these ideas.

All mamas have access to feeling amazing and looking fantastic – on a regular basis.

It has only been after doing tons of my own internal work and working with other mamas regularly that I realized that self-care isn’t selfish at all.

In fact, now I see that self-care is a fundamental right that all women and moms deserve.

And you don’t need tons of hours a week or month to get that feeling. Or a nanny. Or loads of money. [Read more...]

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Are you constipated?

Do you ever feel like you’re life is constipated?

Like you’re stuck in a rut and don’t know how to move forward? That life just isn’t progressing the way you expected it would?

I’ve been there. Emotionally AND physically.

And yes, I’m talking about poop.

Are you constipated? | RachaelRoehmholdt.com

In the midst of my second trimester, I had a ridiculous bout of constipation. I didn’t poop for four days and felt like I crap with all this extra (ahem) crap hanging around in my body for so long.

I tried everything to get it to pass: more water, sitting on the pot, eating more greens, pulling back on grains and dairy, sipping lemon water. Nothing seemed to work.

Then I just got mad. I strained. I pushed. I oomphed – and still nothing.

I was miserable, because I felt like I wasn’t in control. My body was bloated, uncomfortable, and then - I felt unhealthy, out of control, and like I had been run over by a bus.

Constipation is the worst. You want so badly for things to keep free-flowing, and yet whenever you try to go… nothing. Maybe a few toots. No real relief that you’re looking for in that moment.

That’s the time when your brain starts playing tricks on you.

Telling you that you can’t do it.

That maybe you’ll never poop again.

That somehow you did so much damage that you’ll never get better and you’ll have to go to the doctor to have them fix it for you…

You want to give up and throw in the towel – or the toilet paper – and wish that you could just have a brand new body. That there must be a better or easier way. [Read more...]