For Moms, Self-Care is something that is sometimes looked at as impossible to do. We spend a lot of time making sure our little ones are good and that can sometimes mean neglect for us. I am here to tell you its time to start making time for self-care. When we are our better selves, we are even better parents to our children. I know some get scared of self-care because we envision these super luxury spas and pamper days. If that’s your way of implementing self-care, then I am all for it. Pamper me dates are the best. On the other hand, if you are looking for a few things to do that doesn’t break the bank and that you can do more often to create self-care habits in your life, you are in luck. See the list below.
1) Treat Yourself- Whether you are treating yourself to your favorite restaurant for lunch, a 20-minute express massage, ice cream from your favorite parlor, a nice pair of shoes that you have had your eyes on for a while etc. Treating yourself is a great form of self-care.
2) Journaling – Journaling can be used to take care of your mental wellbeing. Being able to journal your thoughts out onto paper and have self-reflection can release a lot of stress that may have occurred throughout the day. Many say Journaling brings a calm aurora that is a great representation of self-care.
3) Catching up on your favorite things to do- This can be something as simple as catching up on your favorite TV shows. Anything that makes you happy and provides a little me time is a direct form of self-care.
4) Doing something on your bucket list- How awesome will it feel to go for that hike you have been wanting to go on? How about visiting that museum that has been on your bucket list forever? Doing things on your bucket list or things in general that are just fun for you is a fantastic way to include self-care.
5) Saying NO – This must be a favorite. With moms being looked at as superheroes these days, having the ability to just say no is a HUGE form of self-care. So often we spend a lot of time doing things for others even outside of our children. These things sometimes take up so much of our time that could be used for making time for ourselves. Saying no allows you to have that extra time, so therefore it to my friend is a form of self-care. The bottom line is that although we love our children so much and take so much pride in being the best moms ever, YOU matter too. Not including self-care and operating in burnout is not the way to go. Take advantage of these fun and cost-effective forms of self-care and take care of you for a change.