Do you shrug, roll your eyes, or outright laugh when someone mentions self care? As a busy mom, self care is probably the last thing on your mind. But, busy moms need self care, too, probably more than the rest of us sometimes.
You know taking care of yourself should be a priority. But when you are juggling work, getting the kids to school, recitals, cooking dinner, and all the other things on your plate, your family’s needs always seem to come first. Much-needed personal time falls by the wayside.
But, you cannot take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself. Sooner or later, something will give, and you don’t want that something to be you. If you aren’t feeling your best, you can’t give your best to your family. Here are our favorite self-care activities moms should do every day to help them stay mentally and physically well.
1) Schedule Yourself Some Me Time
First things first –and that means you. Put yourself on your busy schedule. If you find yourself going to the bathroom just to be alone, then you know you need it. Dedicating even 5-10 minutes just to be alone with your thoughts in a form of self care. Use the time to check in with yourself and do a mental inventory of your needs for the day. Then make a mini-plan for how to fill them.
2) Yoga or Meditation
Yoga and meditation can help you stay balanced and centered. And you don’t have to devote a lot of time to them go get their benefits. If you’ve never done yoga before and want to dip your toe in, try these yoga poses every beginner should master. You can also try some mini-meditation, such as guided meditation or deep breathing. You can even have the kids join in.
3) Prioritize Sleep
As a mom, it’s easy to get sucked into the do-it-while-the-kids-are-asleep mindset. This means you are either getting up early, going to bed late, or both. It is important not to skimp on sleep. Chronic lack of sleep can have adverse health effects. People who regularly get less than six hours of sleep have increased appetite, which can cause weight gain and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression, and type 2 diabetes.
In order to get better sleep, avoid alcohol, food, emotionally tense conversations, and stimulants, including caffeine and nicotine. Establish a regular bedtime routine.
4) Get Your Body Moving
Whether you want to exercise more often, or just shake up your current routine, find an activity that consistently motivates you. Train for a 5k, 10k, or even a half marathon (13.1 miles). Not only will this keep you moving consistently, achieving a goal like this is GR8 for your self-confidence and self-esteem. Whatever you do to get your body moving, make sure it is something you like. Add an element of fun by having your kids join in. Dance with them in the living room, or go rollerblading together.
Taking a walk outside is one of the best things you can do for yourself. We know that breathing fresh air can help us feel better, boost our immune system, lungs, heart health, brain health, and more. It’s also GR8 for decompressing, destressing, and relaxing. Even 20 minutes outside is enough to raise energy levels.
5) Feed Your Body with Healthy Food
Feeding your body right not only safeguards your health, but it also gives you the energy you need to handle your busy days. And, since it is something you have to do every day, it’s a GR8 way to practice self-care. It’s natural for moms to put their children first, but don’t forget to nourish yourself as well. And, when your children see you practicing healthy eating habits, they’ll pick up healthy eating habits also.
Not sure where to start? Try going vegetarian one day a week, such as meatless Mondays. There are tons of easy meatless meals to try. These meatless meals are simple and easy and perfect for your first try. Even if you don’t go meatless, cooking from scratch often makes your meals healthier. Try phasing out sodas and coffee and drink more water. Take a few minutes to plan your meals for the week and try prepping for the week so you can quickly make healthy meals when it’s time to eat.