When you think of self care ideas for moms, what comes to mind? Maybe eating right, exercising, and relaxing in a bubble bath?
While these are all good ideas, I'd like to go a bit deeper in thinking about self care for moms.
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The fact is, the lack of self care among moms can leave you discouraged and contribute to depression. We give so much, but we have to remember to take time for ourselves.
I'm sure you've heard the saying that you can't pour from an empty cup, and it's true. The better you take care of yourself, the better mom, wife, friend and person you will be.
Let's have a look what moms really should be doing to practice self care. A few of these might surprise you.
Self Care Ideas for Moms
Have a Self Care Routine
As a mom, you're busy, I get it. But if you just fly by the seat of your pants all the time, guess what? You'll be so busy taking care of everyone else's needs that there won't be any time left for your own. Self care for busy moms is important, but to make it happen, you have to have a plan.
Setting up a self care routine means that you have a certain time every day, week or month (depending on the activity) that you devote to self care. This means writing it down and letting everyone in the family know that during that time you will be doing whatever self care activity that you want to do.
Use a Self Care Worksheet
As stated above, it's important to write down and schedule your time for self care. That's the only way it will happen is if you make it happen.
Having a self care worksheet means that you have your ideas all laid out in front of you. Then you can use the worksheet to schedule your time for self care.
Of course this can be flexible depending on what's going on in your life. But the important thing is to not just let it go. If you have to move something to another time, that's totally okay. Just make sure you don't skip it, because you will be tempted to do so when things get busy.
Think about it: You will always be busy! So take the time to practice self care regularly.
Keep a Self Care Basket
Wait, what? You might be thinking, what the heck is a self care basket? I mean I'm sure you've heard of making self care baskets to give to another mom, right?
So why not make one and keep it for yourself?
Keeping a self care basket can help you when you only have a little time to fit in to doing something for yourself. Any basket will do! Fill it with your favorite books and magazines to read. Maybe beauty products so you can do your nails or put on a little makeup when you have a few minutes. How about your favorite coffee or tea that you only make on occasion?
This might sound silly I'm sure. But actually having that basket sitting around will be a constant reminder for you that you need to practice self care regularly. Plus it will keep the things you enjoy handy and accessible, where you won't have to go digging around and spending all your free time looking for something. (Or maybe that's just me?)
Need Some Tips for Practicing Self Care?
Have a Self Care Journal
Writing is therapeutic, whether you're a natural writer or not. Getting your feelings down on paper means that they're not all stuck in your head anymore. Keep a journal of your hopes, dreams, even trials and disappointments. The purpose of this self care journal is to have a place where you can convey all your thoughts and emotions, even the ones you might not want to share with anyone.
Self care challenge: The next time you're extremely upset, go write in your self care journal. Think about how you feel after you're done writing. I usually feel a sense of relief after writing out all my feelings. Even if it helps you just a little, it's totally worth doing I think.
Read Self Care Quotes
With the internet today there is no shortage of quotes on any topic, self care included. Find a few that really speak to you and write them down. Recite them daily or weekly, anytime you need a reminder that practicing self care is important.
I do this with quotes I love and also with scripture. All you need are a few Index Cards and a pretty journaling pen (because we all love pretty pens, don't we?) and you can create positive self care quotes that will be there when you need them.
Practice Self Care Activities
Taking care of yourself means your body, mind and spirit. We tend to look at the obvious when it comes to self care, and that's usually the body. Eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep.
But you need to have your mind and your spirit right as well. This means doing things to take care of them, things that feed them and nourish them.
For me, taking care of my spirit means reading my bible, a devotional, and praying. If my spiritual life is off, so is everything else in my life. So for me this is the most important part of self care.
Then there's taking care of your mind. Do something every day where you have to use your mind. Read. Do a crossword puzzle. Have a real, adult conversation. Learn something new. Think. Dream. Imagine. Plan.
If we let our minds sit idle for too long, I honestly think we forget how to do some of those things. We forget what it's like to talk with adults when we're at home with small children all day.
And sadly, we can even forget how to dream. Even if being a mom was your biggest dream ever and you have reached that dream, let me tell you, it's okay to want more. Your kids will still be the best things you've ever done in your life, but keep dreaming mama.
Go for whatever it is that makes you happy. Do what you enjoy. Even if it's just getting out once a week with another mom to chat. Take a class. Start a hobby. Whatever excites you, do that. Trust me, if you're using your scheduled self care time, it won't take anything away from being a good mom. In fact, nurturing your mind will make you a better one.
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