Wednesday, January 23, 2019

8 Simple Self-Care Ideas for Busy Moms

Self-care for moms seems to be the latest buzz word. Honestly it's just an new phrase with an old idea, but with so much truth behind it.

Self-care is just what it says, taking care of yourself. Moms tend to put everyone else's needs first. They put Themselves last and sometimes not even on the list. 

Putting yourself last or not even on the list can effect you
emotionally and cause stress. When you are stressed you cannot be an effective nurturer for your children and forget about being a wife to your husband. You begin to doubt yourself, you feel helpless, hopeless and start to compare your life to other moms.

All of this can lead to depression and anxiety. 

For moms self-care is a must. Choosing you, doesn't make you selfish or neglectful. By taking care of yourself, you are giving your family the best you possible.

Some self-care ideas might include:

1. Get up early
By waking up before the kids you are increasing your chances of productivity. Therefore making you feel more accomplished and happy. 

Early is a relative term, so what is considered early for one person may not be early for another person. The trick is to just get up a little earlier than your kids.

Take the time to enjoy the silence, spend time meditating, and plan for the day. This is a time to think positive thoughts and embrace the life you've been given before the hustle and bustle of the day makes you forget about it. 

2. Plan for your day
By making a plan you are telling your day, barring surprises, what it's going to look like. It's not about control, it's about being intentional with your time.

You only get one chance at being a mom. Plan for the life you want to live. Plan for the mom you want to be. Plan for the person you want to be. It's never too late.

3. Make healthy choices
Self-care is all about you and how you feel. If you want to be a healthier version you, then it's up to you to take control of who you are and how you feel. 

First, get moving! Don't over complicate it. It can be as easy as walking around the block. Set a goal of walking 3 times a week and anything extra is bonus. 

Second, make healthier food choices. In the morning set out a small plate with your fruits for the day. Prep them and have them ready to snack on. Before you know it you'll have eaten all of your fruits for the day.

4. Get creative
Take up a hobby or rediscover an old one. Even something as simple as coloring is therapeutic. Art therapy helps to relieve stress and depression.

Not feeling creative, go on YouTube and type in anything. You can learn to do something like a new hair style or makeup technique.

Dance lessons would be fun too not to mention you get to knock out two birds by getting you some exercise as well.

5. Read a book
If you're a book lover and you have not been able to get to your favorite pass time, you're probably going through withdrawals. Grab a book, go to the nearest coffee shop and just read. If you can't leave the house because of kids, go outside and sit in the sun and read. The fresh air and vitamin D will help you to feel better.

6. Sit outside

Along those same lines, if you just don't have the energy to do anything and you just want to sit, then do it outside in the sun. Grab your cell phone and listen to an audio book or podcast while you're taking in some rays. 

Sometimes just "being" is the best type of self-care you can give yourself.

7. Get Rest

Rest doesn't always look like sleeping. There are several types of rest. In the book Sacred Rest, Dr. Dalton-Smith describes 7 types of rest that you may need.  There is also an assessment in the back of the book to help you narrow down some areas to rest in.

8. Add yourself to the calendar
ME-TIME! What mom doesn't want time to themselves? The thought of being in your car by yourself, listening to what you want to listen to. Or imagine being able to watch what you want to watch without worrying about little ears. Just set aside unstructured time for yourself.

Make an appointment with yourself and keep it. Rachel Hollis in Girl, Wash Your Face says "Our actions shape our lives." Keeping a commitment to yourself tells you that you are worth it.

Whatever you do, just do it. Hold yourself accountable and make time for yourself. If you struggle with holding yourself accountable, ask your husband, mom or friend to kick you out of the house one night a week. 

Taking care of yourself will give your family the best version of you that they need.

I'm praying for you!

P.S. If you're looking for more ideas for self-care, here is a list that might help spark some imagination for ways to take care of yourself.

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