There's no greater journey than motherhood. From sleepless nights with a fussy baby to getting the kids ready for school each morning, it may feel like a never-ending cycle to keep up with their needs. Being a parent that goes above and beyond for their kids takes energy, so you might not be left with a moment to breathe.
It goes without saying, as a mom you need to set aside time for self-care and TLC if you want to keep being an amazing mother. With an already jam-packed schedule, finding some quality me-time might feel like a stretch but not far from impossible. When it comes down to it, self-care isn’t just about a fancy spa day or a long bath, it’s putting yourself first.
It’s about time you ask yourself, what are you doing for YOU?
The Basics of Self-Care
As a mom, you wouldn’t want to take care of your child with a broken arm, would you? Self-care is an all-encompassing way to nourish your physical and mental well-being so you can charge up your supermom powers. Practicing self-care is as simple as eating healthy, getting a restful night’s sleep, a long walk in the park, a spa day, or a long hot shower. Prioritizing your personal needs will leave you feeling energized and recharged. Truth be told, self-care can be one of the most effective strategies for parents to address both their own and their family's needs. Self-care is anything but selfish being a busy mom.
Prioritize You Daily
In its most basic form, self-care refers to actions taken to care for oneself. If you’re finding it difficult to practice self-care, it can take something as simple as a cup of coffee or a walk in the park to find balance in your hectic routine. We sometimes talk ourselves out of me-time because we don't have the time or money to go to a spa or any luxury that's become synonymous with self-care. After all, what is self-care if not a means to unwind? It can be something that doesn’t take up any time in your routine with the kids but improves your physical and emotional well-being.
Self-care or Self-indulgence
Let’s start with what self-care isn’t: being selfish. One of the most common misunderstandings is between self-care and self-indulgence. The difference between the two comes down to intention. Self-care is the deliberate act of taking measures to help maintain your mental or physical health. On the other hand, self-indulgence can be an impulsive decision without any long-term positive benefits. As a mom, you want to take the time to feel good that leaves a lasting impression on your mental and physical health.
Being a parent doesn’t mean we don’t deserve a relaxing hot bath with scented candles or a movie date with friends, ask yourself what you need to recharge your mental and physical health to be the best mom for your child.
It starts with peaceful activities to soothe your soul and ends with quality time with your kids. When you take time to look after yourself every day, you're also looking out for your family, it’s that simple when you think about it.