Parents have many responsibilities ranging from making dinner, cleaning the house, running their children to various activities while ensuring everyone’s needs are being taken care of. This makes it difficult for many moms to be able to meet their own needs.
Self Care is important for all of us; it allows us to feel better, be more productive, and meet the needs of others. Self-care can include several different things such as exercise, reading books and magazines, taking a bath, or even simply sitting down to have lunch alone. Self-care is not selfish!
Children need to see their moms taking care of themselves so that their children will practice self-care in the future.
If you are a busy mom who struggles with self-care. Keep reading to exactly how you can fit it into your busy schedule.
We have all been told by experts that practicing self-care is important. But things are sometimes easier said than done. When it comes to self-care, three main myths come up.
3 Self Care Myths
Myth #1: Self-care is selfish
Fact: Most moms understand that taking care of themselves is essential. However, they don’t usually permit themselves to take care of themselves! They are often concerned if a family member or friend is struggling with their self-care.
Mom’s feel selfish if they take 5 minutes away from their children or have babysitters come over so they can have a night out with friends.
Myth #2: Scrolling Through Social Media Is A Form Of Self Care
Fact: Moms need to sit down and relax. But scrolling through Instagram isn’t self-care. It’s numbing. Self-care is defined as “the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s health”. Scrolling through social media doesn’t accomplish that. Social media can harm your permit mental and emotional health. Avoid any addictive, compulsive, or harmful things to your mind and body. Self-care practices should be supporting your health and wellness.
Myth #3: Self-care requires outside resources that you may not have.
Fact: Self-care is often viewed as a luxury that many moms have neither the time nor the money to enjoy. However, take it into your own hands and make it less costly by thinking outside traditional ideas like paid spa days or tropical vacations.
It can be as simple as doing 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation per day, or you could do some yoga stretches at home (if you’re not doing this already!). Even something simple such as taking an Epsom salt bath is considered low cost yet effective for rebooting our minds and bodies during stressful times!
Here are some things you can do today to get into the habit of practicing self-care.
3 Self Care Steps
1. Make Self-care part of your morning routine:
Self-care begins first thing in the morning — when we start our day! How parents approach their mornings directly influences what happens during the rest of their day. Studies show that creating positive will influence your thoughts and actions throughout the day, so why not consider adding Self-care.
2. Self-care is a daily act
The basis of self-care is to perform an action that will benefit your health and well-being regularly. It doesn’t have to be limited to once or twice per month; it can happen as often as you need it to without feeling guilty!
3. Find something you love for self-care
Whether it’s a few minutes of exercise, reading a book in the mornings, or making time for breakfast with your kids. Self-care is all about YOU!
You’ll want to try different things until you find what works best for you and your needs. Especially when stepping out of your comfort zone to practice self-care. If one thing doesn’t work, you can always try something new again tomorrow.
If you are not sure where to start, either because it is new to you or you are unsure of what you love doing for self-care.
Here are some ideas
A great way to recharge is by meditating. It has health benefits, too: Some research suggests that meditation practice may help reduce anxiety and depression while improving your sleep quality in the process! If you’re new to this type of relaxation technique. There are apps like Expectful (which is specifically designed for pregnant women), Calm, or Headspace, which can get you started on some beginner’s lessons.
You might not know where to start when you’re feeling overwhelmed. But as it turns out, putting your thoughts on paper can be a great way to get everything off of your mind. That way you have more time and energy for the other things in life!
You should start by looking at guided journals- they come with prompts or topics already laid out for you. Taking 30 seconds each night after work to jot down what’s going through your head will help you feel better equipped during tough times.
#3 Go for a walk
Taking a walk is one of the easiest ways to recharge. Walking offers fresh air, change in scenery, and physical activity, which all offer chances for resetting your mental health! The American Psychological Association states that “walking can be a refreshing way to recharge your mental resources during the workday instantly.”
#4 Reach out to someone
Talk to someone! Self-care is not always easy because we are focused on being perfect moms, wives, and employees. If you find it hard reaching out to friends, there are many online support groups like Parenting Without Drama or other mindful mother groups. You may also consider joining a Facebook group for mothers and connect with other women going through the same things as you. Peer support offers help when asking for advice from others while making connections.
#5 Go Off social media For A Day
For those who feel like their social media apps are constantly draining you of energy, going off the grid for a few hours can do big things to improve your mental health! Temporarily delete or hide your go-to social media app from your phone. Disable notifications so that you conserve more time and energy. You might be amazed at how much better it is when not worrying about what other people are doing all day!
#6 Make time for things you love
Do you have a favorite hobby that others may not understand? Self-care lets you take time to do things important to you, whether it’s reading, writing, or knitting. It’s about spending time on something that helps you unwind and feel good.
Volunteering isn’t just a way to give back; it’s also an incredible opportunity for personal growth. Studies have shown that giving time and energy to the community not only provides you with feelings of happiness but can even improve your health! In addition, there are many different opportunities available in every corner of this country. From picking up litter at local parks to walking dogs at animal shelters. So no matter what type or how much free time you may have on your hands. Chances are you’ll be able to find something perfect for you.
#8 Do A Craft
If you need a break from the daily grind, try spending some time on your creative side. Whether it’s crocheting, photography or drawing. There are so many different ways that we can express our passions and get energized in return! Self-care is about spending time on something that helps you unwind and feel good.
If you’re a beginner at To yoga, a great way to start would be a 30-day yoga challenge. You could even make little goals each week for yourself.
If the idea of self-care sounds like a luxury or something you simply don’t have time for. Consider this: Self-care isn’t exactly easy — it takes work! Hard work! But the therapeutic benefits are worth your while in so many ways. Keep in mind that you don’t have to do something big; it can be as little as taking two minutes each day and breathing deeply or meditating on loving thoughts.
You will be surprised at how often people say, “I like to do that, too!” Self-care is an act of love you offer yourself. It’s a way to help reduce stress and anxiety in your life while improving your mood and help parents think more clearly.
Taking care of yourself is the act of doing something that makes you feel good. Whether it’s reading a book, shopping for new clothes, or going on a walk with your baby.
Practicing self-care isn’t always easy, and sometimes it feels selfish; but in reality, it can help reduce stress, boost your energy levels and improve your overall happiness! It’s essential because if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t care for our families. Self-care is something that everyone should make more time for because it helps moms be the best they can be! Self-care comes in different forms depending on what works best for you.
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