Taking care of yourself as a mom is one of those things that gets put on the back burner often. With trying to do #allthethings, it’s virtually impossible to fit in time to take a bath or read a book that makes you feel refreshed and renewed.
What is self care?
Self care is pretty self explanatory, I think. It is taking care of yourself. Making sure that you are getting time to reset and recharge your batteries so you are functioning as a normal human being. Moms are definitely the person in the family who get to go last on the list of “Things I Want to Get Done.”
It is almost impossible, in my honest opinion, to be able to fully take care of the others in your life without taking care of yourself first.
Why is it important?
Have you ever been on an airplane? Remember when they go through the safety procedures in the beginning and tell you to put your mask on before you assist your child? It’s because we have to take care of ourselves first before we can help others.
It’s hard, right, to think about taking time out of your day to do something for yourself when there is dinner to be made, laundry to be folded, or kids to be bathed. However, it is extremely important because we can’t pour from an empty cup.
Do you ever feel:
- Tired and exhausted
- Like you could drink a whole pot of coffee
- Ready for bed before you even get up in the morning
These are all reasons as to why you need to take care of yourself. You need to take just 15 minutes in your day to do something just for you! Burnout is real and we don’t want that for you.
How do you fit it in your day?
Okay lady, it sounds great and all, but I don’t even have time to get done what I need to get done. How am I supposed to fit in time for MYSELF?
Yeah, I said this too. Then I just broke and decided the only way I was going to stay somewhat sane was to paint my damn toenails! Seriously, that was my first big “treat myself” moment after having my son. It. Was. Glorious. (I hate naked toes.)
If you are finding yourself pressed for time, look at your day. Find something that you are doing during the day that is not a must. Do you REALLY need to fold the laundry? Can the dishes wait until tomorrow? Maybe you need to wake up just a few minutes before your kids.
This is so important. Just start small and find something that you have been needing to do for just you. I would be willing to bet a million dollars that you can find 15 minutes each day to do something for yourself, however, I will allow just 15 minutes in one week. The other night I had my husband do bath by himself while I went to take my own bath. Mmmm… it was so nice. You deserve it, so go find your time!
What are some examples?
You found your time (maybe you found lots of time) and now you want to know what to do with it! Well, there are so many things.
- Go for a walk
- Paint your toes
- Pluck those eyebrows
- Go to a concert
- Read something that has no pictures
- Go for a drive alone
- Blast some epic tunes and have a dance party by yourself (this is a fave of mine)
- Call a friend that you have been meaning to call
- Write a letter to someone
By no means is this an exhausted list. Just a few things that can take 15 minutes, some of them a little more.
I can tell you from experience that if you are becoming anxious and overwhelmed with your life then you are not taking good care of yourself. Stress, anxiety, depression are all real things, and if we would focus on putting our masks on before we try to do our kid’s masks or our husband’s, then we might be able to bypass some of that overwhelm that so many moms are experiencing. It’s all about priorities mama.