As a mom of three young children and a wife, I have learned just how important it is to take time for yourself. Self-care for busy moms can be hard to make time for, but it’s needed.
I know first hand how challenging it is to get any time for yourself. From the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, we are giving to others.
I am not able to set aside a couple hours exclusively for myself each day. It’s just not possible.
Self-care goes above pedicures or massages but putting your health and overall wellness on the priority list.
I used to be overwhelmed, tired, and overall moody and cranky. Doing a few things each day that will help me to be better inside and out prevents those things from happening.
Here are a few things I do each day to get in self-care as a busy mom.
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Yes, something as simple as drinking water is my way of taking care of myself. Water is my secret “youth-potion”. Susan from Glorious Mom Blog mentioned how young I looked. I definitely attribute that to drinking water each day. I also add lemons to my water using my infuser bottle and can drink water all throughout the day no problem. Drinking water keeps my energy up as I chase my kids and focus on my business.
Each day I take time to read, watch videos, or listen to podcasts that will help motivate me and get me going for the day. I get my personal development in first thing in the morning. I don’t check emails, answer texts, or look at any notifications. I simply choose what I want to do that day and I focus on it for half an hour. Sometimes we forget to invest time into our mindset. But this is just as important as taking care of our bodies. Right now, my favorite books are (Un)Qualified: How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things, The 5 Love Languages, Get Rich, Lucky B****!: Release Your Money Blocks and Live A First Class Life, and the Bible.
I don’t claim to get in a full workout everyday. But I do walk each day. Luckily, I have a really large yard. After my time reading or whatever I choose to do for personal development, I walk around the yard a few times each day. Walking is of course good for my body, but I also like to use this time to focus on prepare for the day. I think about things I have to do and get clear on how to approach and tackle the day. It’s like my time to meditate and prepare for the day while taking care of my body.
Write in a Journal
Journaling is very important to me. Much like personal development, this is a vital self-care practice for my mind. As moms, we go through a lot trying to handle it all. Being able to write it out each day helps me gain insight on how to do things better or just helps me to release any emotions I may be feeling. I try not to allow things to overwhelm me and writing about my day helps me prevent that. I am currently using the She Believed She Could So She Did journal.
Take a Nap
Seriously, napping is life! I actually have this scheduled into my day. I used to be drained and have zero energy, especially when I worked in the corporate world. Since having Ayden, I started taking naps when he’d nap. I still do. And it’s such an energy booster and helps me get through the day. I usually nap before the older kids get home from school. I can definitely tell a difference if I skip or don’t have time for a nap. To make naps even better, I use this body pillow that I got when I was pregnant with Ayden. It makes naps so much better!
Self-care is so important for us moms. Be sure to set aside time to take care of your mind, body, and your soul. I’d love to know, what things do you do to practice self-care? Do you find it hard to get that time in?
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