Moms are constantly pulled a million different directions, finding themselves far too busy to get done what they need to get done, let alone worrying about self-care.
The busier moms find themselves taking care of themselves less and less as they get busier taking care of their families. Here are 5 ways you can start changing all of this and start helping yourself to feel better. It’s natural to put your kids first, but you can’t neglect yourself completely; after all, “If Momma don’t feel good, ain’t nobody feeling good”.
1) SQUEEZE IN DAILY ACTIVITY
It’s good to keep yourself active. However, depending on the age of your child you may get more than your fair share of activity. Physical activity can help your body release endorphins which can improve your mood and increase your energy.
Do whatever activity you enjoy that gets you active. You could walk around the park with your stroller, play tag outside with your kids, buy some balloons (under-inflate them) and start throwing them and bopping them around in the house, walk up and down your stairs to music about 5 or 10 times, use a workout video; do whatever will get you active each day.
2) KEEP IN TOUCH
Taking time to nurture important friendships and relationships is a crucial part of your self-care. It’s not always easy to pay them a visit, especially when they live far away, but there are other, simple ways you can still put the effort in to show them you care.
You could call them for a few moments when you’re doing dishes or taking a walk once or twice a week and keep in touch. Invite them over for tea if they live close or plan for lunch. You could write them a card or letter, send them a gift or leave a video message to let them know you’re thinking of them.
3) SLEEP MATTERS
It’s tempting to try to make the most out of the time your kids are asleep, but it’s important to get sleep yourself. The Director of UCLA Sleep Disorders warns mothers of the risk of limiting their sleep:
“We know from research studies that chronic lack of sleep has adverse health consequences: people who consistently sleep less than six hours experience increased appetite, which causes weight gain and increases the risk of depression, cardiovascular disease, and type two diabetes.”
Sleep is a crucial part of your mental and physical health. Getting the appropriate amount of sleep each night is one self-care treatment you can’t afford to miss out on.
4) EAT RIGHT
Eating right is a great self-care routine to instill. You can experience both short term and long-term effects by eating healthier regularly. It’s tempting to go for the quicker, unhealthy option for yourself, but eating right is better for your body and sets a positive example for your kids. Simply put, when you eat better, you feel better, your mind runs better and your energy levels soar.
TIP: Keep a daily food log to hold yourself accountable with the food you’re eating.
5) HEALTH MATTERS
We always make sure to carefully note each checkup and appointment for our children, knowing the exact month to return for yearly checkups, but we rarely take as much care with our own. Your health is important; take special care to make appointments for your yearly checkups and don’t miss any regular exams.
As a mom, you probably struggle to find time to yourself. You put your kids before yourself, which is commendable, but it leaves a void in your self-care routine, resulting in your neglecting yourself. Hopefully, these few, simple tips will start you on your way to squeezing in some self-care time during your hectic life.
Starting a daily meditation routine into your day creates calm and relaxation and only takes about 10 minutes for each session. Meditation is proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Don’t know where to start? Download the app CALM, it gets you on your way and you can start today!
You are important, and your needs deserve to be valued. You can easily improve your mental and physical health by taking care of yourself every day.
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Wishing you all peace, love and tons of laughter, it really is the best medicine!