Self-Care or Self-Indulgence?

There’s always going to be one more thing on the to-do list. But you can’t pour from an empty cup! That’s why self-care is unquestionably necessary. I’m not making an argument against self-care. Rather, against the terrible amount of bad advice out there.

So often the big suggestions for self-care are something frivolous like “Use a bath bomb or go for a walk.”

It can also be just an excuse for all sorts of self-indulgent behavior, like copious amounts of wine and chocolate.

That’s why I love my friend Lydia’s new course, Joy Comes In The Morning: A Self-Care Challenge For Moms.

Lydia is exactly the right person to talk about anxiety and overwhelm. She runs the blog, Flourish In Hope. It’s specifically for moms dealing with all of the emotional challenges that come from transitioning to Motherhood (whether it’s your first time or your 10th time).

She’s experienced in supporting women with postpartum anxiety and depression and she can speak about this from the viewpoint of a faithful practicing Catholic. Her idea of self-care is healing, not just indulging. Nourishes the soul and refreshes the heart.

I had the privilege of being a beta tester for Joy Comes In The Morning this summer and it rocked! For five days, I watched a short video and completed a section in the workbook. With this challenge, Lydia helps you dig deep into your obstacles to balance. I learned exactly what I’m lacking in self-care, and how to remedy that in a balanced way.

And I’m a serious course junkie. I’ve taken at least 20 courses this year alone. But this one has really stuck with me. I keep the workbook printed out on its own dedicated clipboard on my desk so that I can refer back to it whenever I’m feeling frazzled. It’s so useful to have some guidance for getting my mood back on track.

There's always going to be one more thing on the to-do list. But you can't pour from an empty cup! That's why self-care is unquestionably necessary. I'm not making an argument against self-care. Rather, against the terrible amount of bad advice out there.

Lydia has not offered her course for sale before. But for a limited time, she’s offering it as part of the Catholic Mom Bundle 2017. Two of the other products are also perfect for women feeling out-of-sync with their mothering joy.

Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood
A collection of mothering stories from acclaimed bloggers and authors. In joy and in sorrow, motherhood is an act of love. The many authors and poets in this anthology weave a vivid tapestry of the many different ways to raise a child.

Refresh: A Catholic Mom Guide To Getting More Done
Sterling Jaquith has assembled a great toolbox for self-evaluation and improvement. This is a short and effective book, with seven quick exercises. Sterling places a particular emphasis on discerning the will of God in our decisions. Something I seriously need to work on!

Altogether, these products are worth $33.99. But until Sunday midnight, you can get them (along with 9 other Catholic Mom resources!) for only $19. Make sure you check it out! Once it’s done, it’s gone.

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