5 Tips for Self Care
So, you’re a mom, and your kids are your entire world, and you like it that way! You love them as much as I love mine, and would probably cut off a limb for them. We sacrifice a lot to give them what they need, what we want them to have, the experiences we want for them, etc, and that’s ok! The thing we all tend to do that’s NOT ok, however, is forget about ourselves.
Don’t try to deny it — when’s the last time you bought yourself a new outfit? Went out alone? Or even peed alone?
Yeah I thought so.
That lack of attention to ourselves leads to some pent up stress and frustration! So here are a few tips for you to get started taking care of yourself just a little.
5 Self Care Tips for Moms
- Take Moments When You Can: Put Off Chores. Seriously, that pile of laundry isn’t going anywhere. It’s going to grow again right before your eyes. The dishes too. You know what you won’t get again? Those 15 minutes of silence you suddenly notice when everyone is outside, on their ipads, playing video games, coloring…whatever it is they are all doing that’s making them not ask you for something. DON’T WASTE THAT MOMENT! Use it for yourself today. Paint your nails. Read a chapter in your favorite book. Close your eyes. (But don’t make a phone call, because that’s an instant beacon to children to come find you.)
- Remove Sources of Stress. Those people on social media…you know the ones who always post negativity, complain, and incite anger? Stop following them. Like, why do you need to see that every day? Unfriend them if they aren’t real friends, and hide their posts if they are but they suck at social media. You don’t need to be full of anger and running through the best retorts in your head all day.
- Go Outside. Seriously, just go walk barefoot in your yard for a few minutes. Like, even science says it’s beneficial. Science! It also says spending time in nature is calming. So find a way to do that. You might have to take the kids too, but guess what? it’s beneficial for them as well.
- Stretch and Move. For real, get moving. A short yoga routine when you wake up or before bed can work wonders! Even better, a long walk alone (haha, I know, what a joke…but put the littles on bikes or something and try to keep up!)
- Start a Gratitude Journal. I know, this sounds horrifically cheesy, right? But the fact is, this can be super helpful! Write 3 things you are thankful for or good things that happened each day, and you will find yourself becoming more and more positive. Plus, when the kids get you to your breaking point and you wonder why you ever started this mom gig, a quick skim of the pages will remind you why this is truly the most wonderful job you’ve ever had. ❤️
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