Years ago, I saw an ad in a women’s magazine that showed a row of pictures – husband, children, elderly parents – below the caption “People you mostly take care of it.” Below that, and the words “People you mostly don’t take care of” was a mirror.
Sound familiar? Self care – the one thing you’re probably not doing as a busy mom!
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 take care of their families more and more.
I’m a mom of four, homeschooling, running an online business, and still trying to find time for myself.
So here are some tips that can help YOU get in some of that vital self-care so that you can feel your best. It’s okay to mostly take care of your family, but you have to take care of yourself, too.
Self Care Tips for Moms
Get in Activity Daily
It’s good to keep yourself active.
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, do yoga in your local studio when you can, use a workout video; do whatever will get you active each day.
Stay in Touch with Those Close to You
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, or when you have a house full of small children, 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. I call my best friend when I know I’m taking a drive that’s more than ten minutes – that gives us time to catch up and share news.
You could write them a card or letter, send them a gift, or something along those lines to let them know you’re thinking of them.
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.
Eating right is a great self-care routine to work on.
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.
It’ll help to provide you with more energy and better overall health.
Prioritize Your Health
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 are 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. We hope these few, simple tips will help you find a way to squeeze in some self-care time during your hectic life.
You’re important, and your needs deserve to be valued, too. You can easily improve your mental and physical health by integrating these simple self-care tips.0