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Moms spend so much time taking care of everyone else. They make sure that the home is tidied, the meals are cooked, and the children are educated. Sometimes the to-do lists get completed by sacrificing proper mom self care.
It happens. Kids get sick and spouses travel for work. Sometimes all the same week! Life just gets in the way.
Proper mom self care is important though for a few reasons:
- Recharges mom’s batteries
- Keeps mom healthy – which makes everything run smoother
- Provides a good example for the children
- Avoids burnout.
Try to fit as many of these self care suggestions into your life on a regular basis as possible.
Mom Self Care Ideas
If you are a fan of baths, you know the appeal of a nice hot soak. Make it even more relaxing by adding scented bath salts. I like all of the products by The San Francisco Salt Company, but my favorite is Bubble Fun. These light pink crystals foam up like bubbles and smell like bubble gum!
Soaking in a hot bath can start to feel boring after a few minutes, so I always bring my Kindle Fire. Just be careful to keep it out of the water! The Kindle Fire lets me read a book, read a magazine for free through Prime Reading, or even watch a movie – all from the comfort of my bubble bath.
I almost always leave my nails natural, but having painted toes makes me feel like at least part of me has it all together. I’m way too cheap to go to a salon for pedicures though. This simple self care idea only costs a few dollars and a few minutes to do at home. Put on your favorite show (HGTV or This Is Us for me) and spend a few minutes taking care of yourself. Seeing my colorful toes always makes me smile during yoga . . . which leads me to my next mom self care idea.
Exercise is an important part of staying physically and mentally healthy, but the temptation to skip it can be powerful. Resist that temptation! Find some sort of physical exercise that makes you feel strong and do it often. I like to take classes at a local gym, but don’t let no gym access stop you! There are plenty of exercises that you can do at home with no equipment. Running, yoga, YouTube aerobics videos, etc. Just do something. Exercise is not only good for your body, but it is good for your mood too. Often times I begin a workout feeling stressed, but feel peaceful and happy afterwards.
Eat Healthy Foods
We wouldn’t dream of letting our kids dine solely on pb&j crusts or food eaten while standing up or driving, but all too often we do it ourselves. Make nourishing your body a priority. Now a days everyone seems to define healthy foods differently. Define it however makes you feel the best. For me that means lots of veggies, fruit, and protein.
Preparing healthy food doesn’t have to be time consuming. I like to meal prep and keep healthy meals stashed in the freezer, but lately I have been really enjoying Birds Eye veggie pasta and protein packs. They are in the freezer section near the frozen vegetables, but they feel like a meal. In the time it takes me to heat up soup for my kids, the gluten free veggie pasta cooks in the microwave.
I know. Sleep can be hard to come by when you are a parent. Little kids wake up early and big kids stay up late. There are certainly seasons of life where sleep is hard to come by. Not getting enough sleep can make anyone moody, frustrated, and irritable. Do whatever you can to get a decent amount of sleep. I go to bed shortly after I turn off my kids lights. My husband and I laugh at ourselves because in the summer it is still light out when we are getting ready for bed. Better to go to bed when you start getting tired than snapping at kids the next day though.
Get out without the kids
Sometimes you just need a break. Not necessarily a real break, but a mom break. What I mean by that is that you just need to run errands without buckling car seats, holding hands crossing parking lots, or explaining why we are not buying ice cream cones at 10 am. You are still getting stuff crossed off of your to-do list, so it isn’t a true break, but there are no children in tow.
Every once in a while though, plan a real break. Go out with your friends. Get a babysitter and take your husband on a date. Go to a coffee shop and read. Get out of the house and do something that makes you happy.
Recharge throughout the day
Recharging throughout the day is absolutely necessary for any mom that wants to maintain her sanity. Find small ways to practice self care that are not expensive and don’t require leaving the house. For me that looks like taking a few minutes most days to light a candle, drink a mug of tea while it is still hot and read.
How do you practice proper mom self care?
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