How to Practice Self-Care as a Mother
Let’s have a look at how to practice self-care as a mother.
Let’s face it, Moms: we have our work cut out for us. Motherhood is amazing, yes, filled with so many of life’s sweetest moments and treasured memories. But on the flip side of all that joy is a lot of stress, commotion, confusion, time-constraints, temper tantrums, messy explosions… the list goes on. If you’re a working mother who balances a career with her babies, then you know that finding a moment of “me” time can feel next to impossible.
Motherhood is indeed beautiful and worth every moment, but at some point or another, we all feel like we’re going to pull our hair out and find a pillow to scream in. The key to making it through these nearly-insufferable days? Practicing self-care and remembering to love yourself as much as you love your children!
Here are some tips on how Moms can find a little peace and serenity in the middle of all the chaos and calamity of parenting.
Step 1: Check in with Yourself
If you’ve found yourself here, then you’re already off to a great start. It means that you’re at some sort of breaking point in your life where something has to give—and preferably not your sanity!
Try to identify exactly what it is that’s grinding your gears and then practice some self-compassion. Being kind and compassionate to yourself breeds resilience by encouraging you to go a little softer to yourself when you struggle with a setback or challenge.
Sometimes when we’re stressed, we don’t even know exactly what is weighing us down. If you’re just feeling overall flustered, use an aura camera to see how your energy reads. Chi, prana, aura… the words to describe one’s energy have changed over the 5,000 years it’s been documented, but essentially these cool gadgets can give you a visual representation of your consciousness and external projections.
Seeing a lot of purple, for example? That suggests you’re playful, a visionary, someone who loves to delight—all qualities of a loving mother!—but to avoid feeling overwhelmed, you should express those visions. Try to pick up a journaling habit to clear some of those blocked chakras!
Step 2: Adjust Accordingly
Now that you’re more in tune with yourself, you can craft the self-care that you crave. Maybe you need to clear some headspace and silence the constant chatter in your mind? After drawing the kids a bath and putting them to bed, why not draw one for yourself? Take a long soak in the hot tub with essential oils and let the aromatherapy melt the stress away.
Is the house feeling cluttered? With kids constantly running around, it usually looks like every room has been hit by a tornado. Do your best to teach good clean-up habits, but for the days that you have to admit defeat, retreat to your space, if only for a few moments. Here, it’s quiet. The surfaces are clean. You have a fresh, beautiful bouquet of flowers. And once you spend enough time in your zen space, you can return to the chaos with a renewed sense of patience.
Maybe you’re feeling pent up and need to exercise more. Take the kids to the park and add a bodyweight workout to your supervision duties! Exercise is great for releasing endorphins, so this is a win-win activity for both you and the kids.
Taking care of your health definitely falls within the self-care category, so check in with your diet in addition to your exercise habits. Highly refined foods that are rich in sugar are known for making the body feel sluggish and fatigued, whereas healthy doses of antioxidants and omega-3 improves memory and concentration. You can even find a two-in-one probiotic and psychbiotic that reduces your body’s cortisol level, AKA the stress hormone!
Step 3: Repeat!
It could be a good idea to take a family vacation, shake off the stress, come back recharged and ready to commit to your new self-care habits like clockwork. You can go camping on a budget, which would allow you time to disconnect from the grid, reconnect with nature, and spend quality time with the people you love most.
Remember, the best Mom is a happy Mom—so don’t forget to take time out of your busy schedule to care for yourself, too
I hope you have enjoyed this post on how to practice self-care as a mother.