Ladies, as moms we are constantly pulled in a million different directions, and most times finding ourselves far too busy to get done what we need to get done, let alone worrying about self-care.
The busier women get, more often than not, I find them taking care of themselves less and less as they rise to the challenge of trying to get it all done for their families. It’s natural to put your kids and family first, but you can’t neglect yourself completely; you’re important too. Well I’m here to help; I want to provide you with some simple tips and reminders to get in your much needed self-care and to get you back to feeling your best. These tips apply to mom’s but can be implemented by any care-giver
1) Get in Activity Daily
It’s good to keep yourself active. However, 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.
2) 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, 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. 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. If they live close make it a priority to get together at least once a month. One piece of friendly advice is don’t make it a play date-this time together is for adult time.
3) Prioritize Sleep
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.
4) Eat Right
Eating right is a great self-care routine to instill. 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.
5) Prioritize Your Health
You always make sure to carefully note each checkup and appointment for your children, knowing the exact month to return for yearly checkups, but we rarely take as much care with our own. Your health is important; take special care to make appointments for your yearly checkups and don’t miss any regular exams! This is a big one as I see this all the time in my practice.
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. I hope these few, simple tips will help you find a way to squeeze in some self-care time during your hectic life.
You are important ladies, and your needs deserve to be valued. You can easily improve your mental and physical health by integrating these simple self-care tips.