It is a fact that we, as moms, tend to neglect ourselves while taking care of our family and their needs. This results in stress and frustration, which ultimately affects our health and relationships. You as a mom are always on your toes looking after your kids, but it is equally important to look after yourself. Only when you are at your best, you will be able to do what’s best for your kids. So, take a moment and think – what are the things you are doing to take care of yourself? If you feel what you are doing for self-care is not enough, it’s time to do more mama! Here are some self-care tips you can easily follow to become a better version of yourself.
Take a break when you need
When you are a mom, you are constantly busy with one thing or the other. There’s so much to do in a day that you find yourself struggling to finish all the work. But that’s not how it should be. Take a break for a few minutes when you start feeling low or tired. Hydrate yourself, sit down, and relax. Listen to your favorite song, read a page or two, or just lay down, if that’s what you need. A short break can help you keep going through the day.
Spare some time for yourself
Spend some time in a day with no one but yourself! This is so important for every mom to maintain her sanity. All through the day, your kids need you for something or the other. This ‘me’ time ensures you get to enjoy life as an individual and not just as a mom. Utilize this time to pursue your hobby, watch your favorite shows, or catch up with your friends.
Take good care of your health
Staying fit and healthy is not only important, but it also sets a good example in front of your kids and motivates them to practice the same. Exercise, practice yoga or go for a brisk walk to get your heart pumping. Stay motivated and be a regular. Not only this, it is equally important to schedule and go for your annual medical checkups and all other doctor’s appointments, just as you would do for your kids.
Start your day early with meditation
Wake up before the rest of your family, and enjoy your morning tea or coffee. Prep the things you need to start your day. Then reap the benefits of the peace and quiet (which you won’t otherwise find during the day) by meditating for a while. Meditation will help you calm your mind, increase focus, and productivity. A calm mom is a happy mom, and that will ultimately reflect in your parenting.
Plan a Vacation
Following the same routine every day can get very boring. And that’s why mama needs a vacation! A short vacation (if not a long one) can help you in rejuvenating and energizing. Vacations with or without kids are always fun. So, chalk out a plan and get going! If going out is not an option, look for new ways to spend quality time with kids at home. A little change in your daily routine will be refreshing for both you and your kids.
Follow a Healthy Diet
Eat healthy as it is the key to staying fit. Like you make sure the food that’s served on your kid’s plate is healthy, do it for yourself too. Don’t just get the leftovers on your plate. Eat a well-balanced diet each day. If you follow a specific diet, make sure you don’t miss out on it. Consistency is the key. Treat yourself with recipes you love once in a while. Good food will surely keep your mood elevated!
Try to get enough sleep
This one’s a little bit tricky, especially if you have little kids as they don’t sleep through the night. Matching your sleep schedule with your little one can help in getting a little extra sleep during the day. But if your kids are older, and you don’t have to worry about crying babies at night, fix a time for waking up and going to sleep. A minimum of 8 hours of sleep is recommended for adults. If you can’t make it an 8-hour long night, take a nap during the day to feel refreshed.
Indulge yourself in a spa session
Having a spa treatment or a massage once in a while will not only give you the much-needed break but will also prepare your body to deal with the daily struggles of motherhood. If going out to a spa does not fit into your schedule, a simple at-home spa session can also be beneficial. Whenever possible, ask your partner for a massage to help you relax. I’m sure you won’t be denied!
This one’s the most important of all self-care tips. There may be many instances in your mom-life when you will feel insecure and doubt if you are being a good mama to your kids. Another thing that might bother you is the change your body has gone through after having kids. But don’t let these things get into the way you look at yourself. Self-love is crucial! Love yourself the way you are and see the magic! Your family will appreciate you more for being the person you are.
What is your self-care mantra? Let me know in the comments section!