Self Care For Moms + Printable Self Care Planner
As a mom, it often puts us under a lot of daily stress. Because of this, I believe it’s important to practice some self care tips for moms. It’s important to take care of yourself, if you don’t you could end up suffering physical symptoms or mental health issues. At some point we all need to slow down and take it easy. That includes you to mom.
Self care isn’t just something you do now and then it’s important to create a regular self-care routine. Try to find some quiet time in your busy schedule. I know as a mom myself we have a busy life and lack of time to do most things. However, finding time for self care will help benefit you and your physical and mental health.
Below you will find a list of 12 simple yet amazing self care tips for moms.
1. Get Some Fresh Air and Take a Walk.
If you have time in your day, it’s good to get out of the house, staring at the same four walls all day can drive you nuts! If you’re at home with the little ones, you can always put them in the pushchair and take them with you.
If you’re at work, try to get out of the building on your lunch break and go for a walk and get some fresh air. It’s important to take a break from the office to. Bonus the walk also covers your exercise for the day!
It’s important to get outside especially during the winter months, we tend to hibernate and stay inside. But getting outside is important for both mental health as well as physical activity! Anything from gardening, walking a dog or just sitting on your porch can make you feel better. Plus there’s always that beautiful chance of spotting a bird or a butterfly.
2. Make a List of Important Jobs for that Day.
Just focus on achieving a couple of these. If you can’t manage them all it’s OK, add them to tomorrow’s list. There’s always another day. If you’re anything like me, the jobs that you class as ‘important’ aren’t really important and nothing bad is going to happen if you don’t do them.
3. Take a Hot Bath or Shower
Having a hot bath or shower is the perfect way to relax and get a little you time. If you can wait until someone else if around to watch the kids for you so you can have some peace (sometimes impossible, I know). You could try removing the kid’s toys from the bath and get yourself a candle instead – just to make it a bit more ‘grown-up’. You can also add your favourite bath product to create a wonderful bubble bath.
4. Learn To Say No
You can’t do everything for everybody all the time, it’s impossible. It’s so important for us mums to learn to say NO! Don’t forget you need to take care of yourself too, your needs matter just as much as the next persons. So say no and make some you time!
5. Ask For Help
Asking for help does not make you a bad mum. We all need a break at some point otherwise we’d go stark raving bonkers! If your parents, friends or in-laws sometimes want to help you out with meals or household chores, let them.
This is a great way to relax. It gives you time to sit and rest and escape to your own little world. Sometimes it’s nice to just escape reality for a bit. If you find it difficult to find time during the day to read, why not curl up with your favourite book in bed at night?
7. Listen To Your Favourite Music
Listening to uplifting and inspirational music can really lift your spirits and help motivate you to be the best you. I recommend mixing this one with point 3 – bath time or taking a shower – who doesn’t love a singsong in the shower? Here are some more ideas of motivation for new moms.
8. Take 10 Minutes For Yourself During The Day
Go have a cup of tea, check your Facebook, grab yourself a snack, or simply sit and watch the world go by. It’s important to take time out of your day for yourself – just to stop, pause, reflect on what’s going on before going back into the crazy world of kids!
9. Have A Good Meal
This is one that I struggle with as well because it’s easy to get stuck in the rut of eating fast food all of the time (I’m looking at you, pizza). But we really need healthy foods so our minds can function better and our bodies can bounce back. It’s important to find time for cooking healthy foods and using those meals as a chance for self-care too!
When you’re busy with a family, it’s easy to forget or not have time for simple things like a meal. Make time – even if it’s just a sandwich once the kids are in bed, it’s better than nothing. If you can try to have breakfast, lunch and tea. Also, fruit for snacks is always a winner. Healthy nutritious food will help you feel so much better by giving your body the best nutrients it needs.
10. Write A Journal
Writing your thoughts and feelings can be really beneficial. I find it helps just to get it out of my head and on to paper. After I find my mind doesn’t feel so cluttered and often after reading back what I’ve written, I realise it’s not so bad.
Filling in a self-care journal is also great for this and will help you keep focused on your self-care.
11. Think Back On A Positive That Happened Today
It doesn’t have to be anything amazing or fancy. Some positives can be you put on makeup or didn’t lose your sanity watching kids’ programmes!
12. Meditation Sessions
One of the most popular ways to self care is meditation. I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough for me at first because my mind just kept telling me “no way.” But with time and patience, meditation became one of those things that helps clear my head so I can be more present in life.
I’ve chosen this meditation app which helped me get started but you can also find guided meditations on YouTube or even just try to do it for a few minutes around the house.
So there you have it, my 12 simple yet amazing self care tips for moms. What amazing self care tips for moms do you have? I’d love to read your comments below.
How To Practice Self Care For Moms
The exciting thing about being a mother and motherhood is that you get to love up on your little ones, get endless cuddles, kisses and hugs. However, on the other side of that is “you time” and your own self care for moms.
It is far and few between, your needs get pushed to the bottom of the list and you rarely have time for yourselves.
I understand that coming second to your family’s needs is a part of motherhood. It comes with a great deal of sacrifice, but I don’t believe it has to.
There’s a way to carve out 10-15 minutes of your daily Mummy grind to give back to yourself, love yourself and allow yourself to decompress.
The sad thing is that some women just deal with juggling it all and don’t understand the emotional, physical and mental ramifications of not taking care of ourselves, that eventually bleed into our family’s lives, our children and quality of our household.
It’s extremely important to bring the awareness and importance of self care for moms into the forefront of motherhood.
Being able to put yourself first is not about selfishness or not taking care of our children, it’s the complete opposite, it’s a gift that keeps giving.
It’s not a question of selfishness, but it’s a question of value. If you see the value in self care.
Below are simple ideas to implement self care for mums into your life. In the comfort of your own home:
Exercise is the best and quickest way to get you out of a stressful mental state and into an exhilarated and happy place.
It is recommended by every medical professional; it keeps you not only healthy, but happy.
This is because exercise produces happy chemicals in the brain: endorphins.
If it’s been some time since you’ve exercised, try some peaceful stretches at first.
Perhaps a quick yoga beginner tutorial on YouTube can get you started on your fitness journey.
Yoga is a great way to stretch, get familiar with your capabilities and work towards strengthening and toning your body.
Remember, you don’t need to be an expert.
As long as you’re doing something at least 10 minutes a day for 3-4 days a week will be better than nothing.
There are so many resources to learn something new through watching YouTube or listening to podcasts or audio books.
If you already have a hobby that you’ve always loved, get back to doing that.
Delve into a topic that is interesting to you.
Make up, fashion, self help, learn about anything that you find interesting.
This activity allows you to get your mind off of the day-to-day responsibilities.
Remember, this is your time.
You get to do something you love to do.
I believe in talking to a professional.
A therapist is helpful in understanding life as a mum, the challenges, struggles and overall chapter of motherhood.
I felt extreme loneliness when I became a mum. This lasted for sometime and the only thing that helped me was talking to a therapist.
After 4 years of motherhood and sometime had passed, I realised I was going through postpartum depression.
In the thick of it all, I didn’t think of it as anything. Just something I was dealing with.
If you are feeling down, emotionally off or just needing to talk to someone, do it.
Talk to a professional… if you don’t have this capability or resource, reach out to a trusted friend or family.
Simply getting it out helps with processing your feelings. These emotions are forms of energy and somehow it will get out, choose the responsible way to release.
Otherwise, you will either take it out on your baby, your partner or yourself.
Writing your thoughts’ is the best, easiest and rewarding way to get some you time and decompress, mentally and emotionally.
This, for me, has been the biggest help to release my thoughts, emotions and helps me rationalise current concerns or issues.
I also use this to write my goals, think of different things I’d like to see happen in my life.
Example: write a goal you want to see happen in a 6 months or a year, either something personal for you, see a parental goal out or a romantic goal for you and partner.
Meditation is a great way to quiet your mind and promote gratitude.
It helps you understand your reality clearly, allows you to be balanced and release unnecessary emotions.
Mediation, like anything takes practice. Do this at least once a day.
Start in increments of 5 minutes, gradually increase day by day. 10 minutes in a couple of days until you get the hang of it.
A lot of meditation instructions tell you to focus on your breathing, but I say this:
Imagine yourself in a black void, like you’re in outer space, floating in nothingness.
Then, you see a shooting star passing you by, and you see another shooting star pass you by, then another.
The shooting star are your thoughts and the goal is to allow your thoughts to come up and let it pass until your thoughts turn into shooting stars that keep passing you by.
This allows your rational brain a time off, from its chatter and constant thought process of the daily grind and promotes balance, peace and gratitude.
Try A Self Care App
You can also try a self care app. My personal favourite is Headspace. It is perfect for helping you schedule time to relax. On there you will find things such as guided mediation sessions, help with getting better sleep, mediation to help reduce stress as well as practicing mindfulness.
Boosting our energy, mental awareness, emotional aptitude and our physical well being allows us to be present for the people we care for and depend on us, truly give them the best we have and are because we are giving back to ourselves.
Our motherly energy needs to be harnessed and we must keep it sacred.
This energy is powerful, it creates a vibration of love and peace that ripples into our children’s lives and affects our relationships.
God knows we need more love and peace in all of our lives and every part of our lives.
It is our responsibility, as mothers and nurturers of our household to give ourselves time for self care. This is a reflection on how well we nurture the ones we love.
I hope you see the value of putting yourself first. And how magnificent it can be to actually have some time to yourself and love yourself.
Self care for mom is a gift that keeps giving.
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My name is Maria Henderson and am a mommy of two, to two toddlers. I am a full time career woman and a part time Mommy Blogger/Podcaster sharing insight on motherhood, fitness, motivation, beauty & skincare.