As a mom, self-care is often a foreign concept, out of reach and unattainable. We can barely squeeze in a weekly shower half the time, let alone take time to pamper ourselves. Additionally, along with our critical lack of free time, there's often a sense of guilt tied to doing anything for ourselves, a feeling that we're "stealing" from our children. If you can relate (please tell me I'm not the only one who feels this way), I'm here to assure you that self-care isn't only good; it's necessary! Think about it, how can you love on your little ones if you're too drained to function?
When you take care of yourself, you can take care of your family, so prioritizing time to breathe and unwind is crucial. I know you don't have a lot of time, you're busy doing thirty things at once, but these self-care ideas for busy moms are the perfect way to fit a little "you time" into your day!
Multi-Task That Workout
There's no doubt that exercise is essential to your physical and mental well-being, but who has time to always make it to the gym? Mixing your workout with other parts of your day can help ensure you stay fit without spending money on a gym membership. Why not run around at the playground with your kiddo? You may feel silly at first, but soon you'll find you're having a blast! Try doing squats as you fold the laundry or lunges as you vacuum; anything can be a workout with a bit of creativity!
Ditch The Donut
Eating healthy is one of the best forms of self-care, but it doesn't have to be difficult. Making small changes can lead to significant results and help you feel (and look) your best. Instead of snacking on chips, reach for a handful of almonds. Looking for something sweet? You can't go wrong with a bowl of fruit! It's ok to splurge sometimes but keeping your diet mostly healthy will ensure you're ready for whatever life and your kids may throw at you.
Prioritize Your Sleep
Anyone with an infant knows the value of sleep and how hard it is to function without it. Try to stick to a daily bedtime and ditch the electronics at the door. Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night will help you feel alert and well-rested and keep the dreaded "mom brain" at bay.
Discover "Micro" Self-Care
Micro self-care is small things you do just for yourself. It could be taking a bath, wearing a facemask, painting your nails, or even sneaking a candy bar while you hide in the bathroom like a cave troll (or is that just me?) It doesn't have to be fancy or complicated, as long as it makes you happy and helps you feel rejuvenated.
You are a superhero, working around the clock to ensure your family is happy and healthy. Taking time for self-care can help you be the best version of yourself. So, kick back, relax, and unwind or at least lock the door behind you when you go to the bathroom; you earned it, mama!