The term Self-Care is all over the place these days, right? We have come to a point in our society where mental and emotional health is considered important, and that is Awesome!
Us Moms need our minds and emotions on point if we want to stay sane while raising tiny humans. To keep it together we have to practice self-care.
What does that mean exactly, you ask? Let’s cover the basics.
What Is Self-Care?
Self-care practices recharge your battery. Any activity you enjoy doing that makes you feel better and contributes to bettering your mental, emotional or physical health is worth making time for.
It requires you to step away from stressors and take that much-needed break. There are a ton of things you could do to de-stress and recharge your battery, we will go over some below, but first, let go over why it’s important.
Why Do You Need to Practice Self-Care?
Being a Mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world to do, and it’s important to take breaks throughout your day. If there is anyone in need of “me-time”, it is us, Moms!
You will bring balance to your life by setting time aside every day to recharge. Don’t let anyone tell you its selfish; it isn’t.
When you take time to take care, you will have more energy and patience for the ones; you love most. I know I could always use some more patience.
Science has found that self-care routines benefit our health. Lowering stress levels and doing things that raise serotonin, our happy neurotransmitter, can change your life for the better.
Now let’s go over some easy self-care practices you can start today:
How You Can Practice Self-Care:
The first step to get a self-care routine down is to find out what you like. For example, I stay at home with my kids, and I babysit on top of that, so I basically have kids in my face, calling my name all day long. That makes my alone time very precious to me.
I love to make myself a sweet coffee and go anywhere my kids aren’t. I sit in a quiet place and drink my belly warming cup of sugar with a splash of coffee. It is incredible.
So take a moment to go over the activities that bring you joy. Here are some ideas:
1. Get Outside
Being outdoors has been proven to benefit mental health. So grab a yummy drink, go outside and listen to those birds sing.
2. Put on Some Tunes
Listening to music helps us feel happy, and can regulate our emotions. Certain songs can comfort us and reduce feelings of anxiety. Go ahead, turn on your favorite station and dance!
3. Read a Book
Some of us love to read, and some don’t. If reading isn’t your thing, you can skip it, but reading has so many benefits, it had to make this list. Reading is mentally stimulating, help us gain knowledge and improves memory. Reading also helps us relax.
4. Watch or Listen to a Comedy Show (Youtube + Headphones)
Laughter is the best when it comes to needing to reduce our stress levels. When we laugh we release endorphins that make us feel good.
We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine, put it to the test & turn on a comedy. Adult stuff works too if you have earphones handy.
5. Write out a Gratitude List
We know there is so much to be grateful for, and I am sure you think of how grateful you are often. But, there is something to be said about writing down what you’re grateful for instead of just thinking about it.
Focusing on the things you’re grateful for and writing them down will naturally bring you a more positive vibe while lowering stress levels. Grab a pen and paper and write out what you are grateful for.
6. Take Deep Intentional Breathes
Intentional breathing/ Deep breathing is super simple and works wonders. I mean, we tell our kids to take deep breaths when they get angry, all the time right? We should too. Start by sitting or lying down comfortably in a quiet spot.
You can begin with a normal breath, then inhale deeply through the nose while allowing air to fill your chest and lungs, last breathe out slowly through your mouth. I like to push my breath out like I’m blowing candles out. Do this for five minutes or more and feel the benefits immediately.
7. Go for a Walk
We all know walking is good for us, but did you know it can make us feel less stressed if done on a regular basis? After reading about all the benefits of walking, I am going to add it to my daily to-do list.
I read on Prevention.com that walking can modify your nervous system to the point that it actually reduces feelings of anger and hostility. Sign me up!
8. Practice Mindfulness
The Cambridge Dictionary defines mindfulness as, “The practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.” Being fully present in a moment can be hard for us Moms, I know.
Our thoughts are everywhere, but if you can just take some time throughout your day to be in the present moment, it can benefit your stress levels. Let go of expectations and just enjoy the moment.
9. Take a Nap (Get Enough Sleep at Night)
Oooh, my favorite. Everyone who knows me knows I love me some naps. Granted mine are usually longer than what’s actually needed for a boost of energy.
An article on Sleepfoundation.org states “…a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness, and performance.” It is also important to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep at night.
You really need to make getting enough sleep at night a priority. You cant give your best when you’re exhausted, so grab that pillow and rest girlfriend.
10. Have a Yummy Snack
Have you eaten anything lately? I know I skip meals and snacks way too often. We need to fuel our bodies if we want to stay in the game.
Having healthy ready-made snacks is the best idea for busy days. Throw some granola bars in your bag, so you have snacks when you need them. I love apple slices with peanut butter when I’m at home.
Try to stay away from stuff that will make you crash later, like sugary snacks.
Now, I am not the biggest fan of exercise, but we can’t deny its importance. Exercise has the power to improve our mood, boost energy and even helps us sleep better (click here for more info on exercising tips).
We have all heard it, but now its time to test it. I will if you will. (wink, wink)
You Deserve It!
There are so many different ways to fill your cup & recharge. You can always schedule the time to get a massage, make time for a girls night out, or even go on vacation.
Those are all awesome ideas for self-care to, but I wanted you to have a list of activities you could do this minute, today.
I know its easy to say and feel like you don’t have the time for any of this, but I promise if you make yourself a priority and do a little bit here and a little bit there you will feel so much better.
When you feel good, everyone around you will get the best you, and that will make it all worth it!
You deserve to feel better than good, and the only way you will is if you take time to do what you love. Do more of what fills your cup; you are so worth it!
Comment below with your go-to self-care activities & how you make time for them.
& Be sure to share this post with any Moms who might need a little reminder.