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Being a mom is hard work, no matter what stage you’re in. If it’s not midnight diaper changes and round-the-clock feedings, it’s packing school lunches and “helping” with long division homework. Add a career to the never ending list of responsibilities, and we are just one bad day away from completely losing our sh*t.
Between managing a household and a career, it can seem pretty impossible to find time for ourselves. Here’s the thing though, we can’t adequately take care of our families or our careers if we don’t take care of ourselves. This, my mom friends, is why moms NEED self care and why making time every day for self care should be non-negotiable.
Why Moms Need Self Care
1. Self Care is Vital for Your Physical Health
I know manicures and shopping sprees won’t make you any healthier – physically, mentally, or emotionally. I’m talking about a different form of self care.
Living a healthy lifestyle is an essential part of self care. Taking the time to take your favorite spin class is self care. Making yourself a nutritious and satisfying meal instead of scarfing down your toddler’s uneaten dino nuggets is self care. Scheduling a massage appointment or finally getting that bothersome tooth fixed are both acts of self care.
As moms, we are so willing to put the needs of our family before our own.
Our kids won’t ever miss an annual wellness check-up, but I’m going to bet that at least 75% of the moms reading this post can’t even remember the last time they had a physical. How often do we whip up whatever random meal our picky toddler actually wants to eat, while rummaging through the fridge for leftovers for ourselves?
It’s a noble cause, putting our families first, but it’s not doing us (or them) any good.
2. Self Care is Important for Your Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
Ever hear of the term ‘burnout’? Burnout by definition is the “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress”.
When we are stressed and overworked, self care is often the first thing to go. Eventually, if you stop taking care of yourself, you’re going to experience burnout. This is why moms need self care, people.
Not only do simple acts of self care (such as a warm bubble bath or reading before bed) help prevent burnout, but they also help alleviate the negative effects of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Giving yourself a break is an important part of self care. Whether it’s a break to do something you truly enjoy (like a fun hobby or favorite fitness class) or time to reflect on your day (perhaps by journaling or meditating), mental breaks are a great way to nurture your emotional wellbeing.
3. Self Care Makes You a Better Mom
You know when you’re on a plane and the flight attendant instructs you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others in the event of an emergency? Well, the same goes for self care and motherhood.
Let me say it really loud for the people in the back – YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF SO THAT YOU CAN HELP TAKE CARE OF THOSE YOU LOVE.
Putting yourself and your needs on the back burner can lead to feelings of resentment (guilty as charged) and depression. It’s a lot harder to take care of yourself and your family when you’re unhappy or even a little (or a lot) bitter.
Taking the time to care for yourself can make you a happier mom and a better mom. Regularly treating yourself to acts of self care can result in having more energy and focus when it comes to the time you spend with your family.
THIS is why moms need self care.
So, What is Considered Self Care?
The beautiful thing about self care is that it comes in so many forms. It’s not just about face masks and bubble baths.
Self care can be anything that boosts your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
Self care can be actually taking a lunch break instead of eating at your desk while you work. It can be grabbing a coffee and having a chat with a close friend. Self care can be a big splurge, such as a yoga retreat in Costa Rica, or as simple as buying your favorite scented candles.
Whatever kind of self care you need, make it a priority. Do it for yourself and do it for your family.
How To Make Self Care a Priority Every Day
There are so many little details of daily life before kids that we took for granted. Remember when you could shower whenever your heart desired? How about not being the last person on Earth to eat dinner? What did you even do with all those kid-free evening hours you had?
The truth is that maintaining a decent self care routine can be struggle for just about any one – kids or no kids. As busy moms, it becomes even more of a challenge.
Despite how impossible (or how unimportant) it may feel to incorporate self care into your daily routine, you need to give it a shot. Remember, moms need self care for all those persuasive reasons we’ve just gone over.
If you can manage to incorporate even the most basic acts of self care into your daily life, I promise that you will see and feel a difference in your overall wellbeing.
Not sure where to get started?
Download this free printable Daily Self Care Checklist.
Print it out and tape it to your bathroom mirror or pin it to a bulletin board. Hang it in a place where you will see it throughout the day. This checklist will guide you towards a better self care routine and keep you accountable. The goal is to make basic (and realistic) self care a daily habit to prevent burnout, boost your health, and restore happiness.
Do you have a daily self care routine, or is there a daily self care activity that you can’t live without? Tell me about it in the comments section.
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