Self-care is a big buzz word, which I’m sure you have heard hundreds of time on TV and social media. If you’re one of the people who hear it and immediately think “ I don’t have time for all that!”. Or you’ve heard “you cannot pour from an empty cup” and rolled your eyes? I hear you! I am a busy mom of two kids running a business (from home!) and I can tell you from personal experience if you don’t MAKE the time for yourself you’re putting your health at risk.
As moms we care A LOT. And our to-do list feels MILES long. Between drop-off, pick-up, work, sports, dinner, bedtime, sleep, how do we find time or the energy for something for ourselves? It just gets pushed from one day to the next or altogether cancelled. The struggle is real, I get it. But as the end of the day you will be significantly better for it so I challenge you to MAKE time and carve out even just 15 of the 1440 minutes per day for YOURSELF. And as a result your kids will be better for it too.
What Is Self-Care?
So what actually is “self-care” and does it take a lot of time?
First, there are 5 categories of self-care: emotional, physical, intellectual, social and spiritual health. There are literally thousands of ways that fall under those categories that you can be intentional about taking care of yourself in a way that feels right for YOU. See my list below for 25 ways to get started and inspire you.
Second, no it does not have to take a lot of time! Taking just a few minutes daily away from computers, TV, phone, work, kids, and enjoying some peaceful moments will refill your cup. It will reenergize you both mentally and physically, giving you the energy to be a better mom, wife, friend, boss, co-worker etc.
Third self-care is personal to you. What energizes you or feeds your should and makes you happy is not going to be the same for your friend or sister. Therefore take some time to find what bring you happiness, peace, and helps you have a healthy mindset.
Why is Self-Care Important?
First of all the most important reason for taking the time is you could in fact be doing more harm than good. Self-care is essential for managing stress, and preventing exhaustion, burnout, even illness. When you are taking care of yourself you will be more grounded and stable for your kids. We all want to be the best moms we can be right? Well, a happy and less stressed mom is more emotionally available for her kids.
As a result of taking care of yourself you will gain self-confidence and self-worth, feel more positive, you are a model for your child, you are more optimistic, and consequently more likely to reach your goals.
As moms we are natural care givers. However, taking care of yourself may actually not come naturally at first. Therefore having a plan is key. Creating and taking small steps will have have you progressing towards your goals. I like to have the mantra “Progression, not perfection” in all aspects of my life. Lastly, it is equally important to throw away the pressure we put on ourselves to be perfect!
Simple Self-Care Ideas for Even The Busiest Moms
Here are some ideas to get you started. They are perfect for even the most chaotic schedule. Remember, you don’t need to spend an hour or two every day! The whole day or afternoon ideas are great to add in occasionally, maybe once a month or quarter. In the meantime, start with something you can accomplish in less than 5 minutes.
- Take a walk
- Stretch or yoga
- Take a bike ride
- Try a new exercise class
- Set a goal to train for like a 5k
- Write in your journal
- Read a good book
- Do a crossword puzzle
- Relax in a hot bath
- Get a massage
- Take a nap (yes, you!)
- Declutter or organize something-drawer, closet etc.
- Buy yourself some beautiful flowers
- Do a mask or facial
- Check out a new restaurant with loved ones or friends
- Join a book club or moms group
- Take a cooking class or try an new recipe
- Get back into a sport you loved when younger
- Sing and dance to your favorite music
- Have a family/friends game night
- Go to a concert or comedy show
- Simply sit outside and soak up some sun (Vit D!) and take some deep breaths
In summary, don’t strive for perfection. As long are you are getting enough sleep (7-9 hours), fueling yourself with good nutrition, drinking enough water, finding time for movement you are off to a good start. If you need help with any of these, check out my packages to learn more about how we can create an easy and healthy lifestyle for you and your family! I hope that you found some inspiring ideas from the list above to get yourself started.
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