Moms take care of themselves last because we are always too busy tending to the needs of others throughout the day. These 10 simple self care ideas for mom will help revive your spirit, bring back some positivity into your life, and remind you that a little attention goes a long way.
Benefit Of Making Self-Care a Priority
Making personal care a priority is absolutely a self-care act. As a mom, you deserve personal time and attention. But it isn’t always easy to carve out this designated time from your calendar.
And by the way, self care doesn’t look like facials and manicures. It could mean a hot, long shower and a good cry. Do you, boo.
To finally prioritize yourself is a challenge unto itself. And you know what? That’s ok to admit.
As parents, it’s our ROLE to tend to our children, tend to our house, tend to our loved ones. Sometimes, there’s just nothing left to give at the end of the day and there might be MONTHS of these moments repeating in a row. Ask me how I know?
But you have to get to a point where you register that your mind, body, and soul are all equally depleted. You also have to admit that no one will come and rescue you. There are no Prince Charmings in this story. It’s up to you to allow yourself some grace, forgiveness, and TIME.
Does it feel like you’re wasting time doing something for yourself? Do you feel guilty? Work through these emotions. It’s ok to admit this to yourself – that’s part of the journey.
You are a provider. It is in your nature to provide, but now it’s time to provide for yourself. Don’t forget about her. She needs you most.
It can be tough finding time for self-care, especially when you are a mother. Challenging, but not unattainable! Use these simple self love ideas to help start making yourself a daily priority in your very own life.
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Take a Nap
Napping used to be a burden, but now it sounds like a dream, right? Whenever you get the opportunity, find the time to take a short nap. It doesn’t matter the length of time. Close your eyes whenever you need to – even for just five minutes. Listen to your body.
Read a Book
Do you enjoy reading? What genre do you like the most? Is there a book on your bedside table that you’ve been hoping to read for a long time now, but can’t find the time? Carve out 30 minutes each day and dive in.
In case you fall asleep at night reading, you might want to try getting up 30 minutes before your family does to enjoy your guilty pleasure over a cup of coffee.
I’m not telling you to pack your bags and run away for two weeks to a deserted island. Although… wouldn’t that be lovely?! What I am telling you is to get in your car and drive away for a bit.
If your house is filled with so much stress that you are absolutely overwhelmed? Then – get away. Drive to a park, to a local coffee shop, to a friend’s house, to the mall. You don’t have to spend any money, but you do need to remove yourself for a bit and disconnect.
Get Some Fresh Air
Go outside and walk around your neighborhood. You don’t have to walk for miles or even for a designated amount of time. A 5-minute walk will do! You will be surprised what a few minutes of fresh air will do for your peace of mind.
Will you make a habit out of this? Will a daily ten-minute walk be something that you’d like to incorporate into your lunch routine? Who knows!? You might see great results from your mental state. Positive habits bring on positive results.
Learn Something New
If it’s been a while since you’ve done anything creative which means that it’s time to try something new. Consider picking up writing, painting, knitting, or design.
What is it that you’ve always wanted to try but never had the courage to attempt? It’s all about relieving stress! And remember, it’s never too late to try a new thing. Who knows? You might end up enjoying your new hobby and turn it into a career.
How often do you criticize yourself? We all have these quiet thoughts in our heads that never benefit us in the long run. We are too hard on ourselves – our own worst enemies.
If you are holding onto past mistakes, grudges, and memories that are acting as mental blocks which prevent you from moving forward… release them.
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Visit a Friend
Self-care is about connecting with yourself, but remember that relating to other people is also good for your spirit!
So, call a friend! I mean – any friend! Grab a drink or a cup of coffee. Take it a step further and make dinner plans. Or just head out for a morning walk. It doesn’t matter what you do, but figure out a way to have a human conversation with someone that cares about you.
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Writing requires attention and journaling will help balance all of your emotions and log them in one place. It also forces you to spend time reflecting on your current state. Are you happy? What would you like to change?
Surprisingly, journaling has a multitude of health benefits. So, be sure to add this to your daily routine as soon as possible.
Learn to Meditate
If you find it difficult to turn off your thoughts, meditation is a beautiful remedy. Can you find 5-minute of time to meditate every morning as a means to start your day?
Through meditation, you can learn how to keep yourself calm even when your day spins off cycle.
Remember, it will never feel like you have time for self care if you are a mom. That’s because there is always something to do around the house or for someone in your family. This is NORMAL.
What isn’t normal is spending your whole life neglecting your basic needs – like sleep, friendship, attention, forgiveness, and freedom of expression. These gaps in our soul need to be occasionally filled otherwise we begin to feel like we are falling into an endless void filled with chores, parental responsibility, and marital duty.
I love being a mom. I am a mom. I will always be a mom. But I am also a woman. I am also a human. I also am.