5 Self-Care Tips for Moms
Hello friend. Here, you will find self care tips for moms that will help you become the best version of yourself.
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As a wife, mom of oneand another on the way while also working 32 hours a week, just being able to juggle the ongoing demands of my life is enough to push me into the fast lane. Either that or I’m tempted to fall intoa frenzied, stress filled, sometimes unfulfilling and frustrating lifestyle, rather than one that I actually enjoy living.
At times like these, even knowing the pure joy of rest (its benefits to my perspective on life) is not enough to prompt me to slow down. And as moms, there’s just too much to do in a day and it’s easy to get caught up in it all and to feel overwhelmed. That’s why I have armed myself with these simple strategies that nearly always help me to stop, slow down and rest.
Define your rest time
This is the hardest part for most of us. Taking time out and leaving the dishes and the mess alone, and stopping to rest is so important to our well being. Well, mom, it’s time to define what rest time means for you and to you. What can you do or not do to help you take time out and take care of yourself? It could be as simple as going for a walk and enjoying watching the sunset while you’re at it. Or catching up with a good friend, taking a short nap, or maybe writing in a journal. It doesn’t have to take all day to do as long as it is something that doesn’t involve you thinking about work, household chores, and other daily demands.
This could even mean taking a day (or two) off from physical exercise and actually doing nothing. We all know the benefits of exercise but pushing yourself every day with vigorous workouts can take a toll on your body. If you’re a gym junkie like me, and you push yourself more than 5-6 times a week doing intense high-intensity interval training (HITT), take time out to recharge by doing something different. If you absolutely can’t stand to do any exercise, then perhaps you can try a different form of exercise like yoga. It’s relaxing and less strenuous.
Fuel your body right
I have previously (stupidly) wondered why I lack energy all the time before I realized that I was burning off a lot of energy doing way too much (working out, running errands, working) while neglecting to properly replenish myself by eating the right foods. If you are constantly lacking energy, maybe it’s time to check on your eating habits? It could, of course, be any number of things, but this is the most obvious culprit if you’re otherwise healthy and fit.
If you’re budget conscious (and most of us should be), then an expensive hour-long massage or facial may not be an option for you right now. But treating yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. One of my favourite past times is taking a long soak in the bath! Light up a few candles, pour a glass of wine or a cup of tea, and have a good book or magazine to read, and you’re set. That could be all you need to recharge for a good night’s rest and set the tone for the next day.
As a busy mom, this probably takes the most effort, especially while most of my close friends aren’t moms and they don’t necessarily have the same schedule as me. Making time for a girly hangout can do so much good to the soul. It’s so easy to lose touch with friends when you are a mom. If you work from home or stay at home, you may not have those connections and adult conversations that you would otherwise have in a work environment. Make an effort to see your friends regularly.
Take your eyes off of the screen
Technology is one of the best ways to achieve many of our goals, connect with people, and simplify our life. But the other side of technology is that we can get side-tracked from actually connecting with our family and friends in person (yes, face to face!). We can overdo it on social media especially when we feel the need to fill a gap in our friendships and relationships. It can be exhausting looking at the screen all day. This is especially true if your work is online. Taking a break from screen time, and going out of the house for a few hours is so helpful for recharging.
Are you a mom? How do you cope with the daily demands of your life?