I’m a huge advocate of self-care and think it should be a daily requirement for every living soul, but it’s especially crucial for a mom’s sanity.
When you’re a mom, juggling soccer games, parent-teacher conferences, and a 9 to 5, self-care often falls by the wayside.
I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve put off my fair share of showers just so that I could clean the house. Don’t pretend to be grossed out; we all know you’re guilty of skipping a few showers, too.
Remember, you need to take care of yourself, not just for your own health and happiness, but also for that of your family.
Seriously, mamas, prioritizing yourself needs to a non-negotiable part of your daily life.
All joking aside, skipping out on the most basic of self-care acts is not only unhygienic in my case, but it’s also damaging to your overall wellbeing.
When you take care of yourself, whatever that looks like to you, you feel better. When you feel better, you’re happier and healthier.
I know that when I feel good, I’m a much better partner to my husband and mother to my daughter. How about you?
Do you burn the midnight oil (it’s 1:30 am as I’m writing this) to get work done or clean the house? Do you go years without a visit to the doctor? When is the last time you read a book for fun or enjoyed an uninterrupted trip to the bathroom?
It may feel impossible, but you should aim to practice self-care every single day.
It’s so important to take some time for yourself each day, even if some days all you can manage is a 10-minute tea break while the kids are preoccupied. If you’re not used to prioritizing yourself, it can be a challenge to get in this mindset and not feel guilty. If this sounds like you, read this right now!
What is Self-Care?
Self-care is simply any act that protects or nourishes your wellbeing. It’s prioritizing your own health and happiness.
(Learn more about what self-care is and why it’s so important for moms.)
It doesn’t have to be elaborate, time-consuming, or expensive.
It can be anything like taking a nap, soaking in the tub (try this DIY lavender coconut milk bath recipe), or carving out some time to read that new book that’s collecting dust on your nightstand. Self-care is making your annual dentist appointment, getting a massage when your back aches, and venting to your best friend over coffee. It’s learning a new skill and dedicating time to your favorite hobby.
(Here are 75 hobbies you can try, some tried and true, others new and unique.)
That’s the great part, an act of self prioritizing can be just about anything as long as it’s something you’re doing to nourish your wellbeing, mind, body, or soul.
If you’re new to practicing mindful self-care, you can start with our 30 Days of Self-Care Challenge.
30 Days of Self-Care Challenge
Challenges are a fun way to introduce something new into your lifestyle. They can help you form healthy habits and a healthy mindset. Our FREE 30 Days Self-Care Challenge Checklist is the perfect way to get you in the habit of prioritizing your wants and needs on a regular basis.
Here’s how it works:
- Commit to doing one self-care activity a day for 30 days.
- You can use our printable checklist or create your own with self-care activities that fit your needs. Either way, you want a visual so print it out or write it down.
- Post it up where you will see it often. I taped mine to the bathroom mirror.
- The activities on our checklist do not need to be completed in order, but you should check them off as you go to keep track.
- Reap the benefits of finally prioritizing yourself.
Click here to download the checklist, you can always create your own list to suit your individual needs.
More Self-Care Resources for Moms
If you’re new to self-care and prioritizing yourself, the following posts can help.
Here are 55 quick ways to practice self-care in just 15 minutes or less.
If you’re a new mom, here are 7 simple acts of postpartum self-care to help you feel human again.
Here’s everything you need to know about mom burnout, including how to prevent it and recover from it.
Learn how to ditch mom guilt for good and finally start prioritizing yourself.
If you’re looking to really treat yourself, here are 10 self-care splurges that every mom deserves.
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