Being a mom is a wonderful gift, providing us with joy and fulfillment. Yet sometimes it is also accompanied by stress and exhaustion. Try these five self-care strategies to deal.
It is very important, especially when times are a little tougher, to be reflective of our own individual needs.
As mothers, we live a life of unrelenting responsibility. We work hard to care for our children, to nurture our relationships with our partner and to keep up with the responsibilities of work and home. Our lives are a service of giving and caring.
To achieve these goals we also need to practice the art of self-care. This sometimes can feel like another “thing” we need to add to our daily list of things to do, but the reality is that when we neglect to take care of ourselves it can have negative implications on both our mental and physical health, ultimately affecting our whole being.
As mothers we need to nurture healthy habits so that we can be the mothers — and the individuals — that we want to be, women living with purpose, balance, connection and joy!
I encourage you to take a few minutes to be reflective about the care you are giving to others to see if that is balanced with the care you are offering yourself in this current stage of your life. I invite you to work to develop and nurture the following healthy mom habits to promote your well-being and to help you become a better you.
Sleep is vital for our functioning, our mental state, our health and overall well-being. Sleep deprivation is not uncommon among mothers and can have serious consequences on our health and the care we are able to provide for our families.
When we are sleep deprived we lack patience and have difficulty focusing, concentrating and are often more irritable. We as mothers need to be mindful and intentional about our sleep habits. Especially when our children are not sleeping though the night, we must be extra diligent to get the sleep we need to maintain our overall health.
To do this we sometimes need to let some some things go by lowering self-imposed standards of perfection. Do what you can to take naps and catch up on sleep when you can. It will make you a better mother.
Making time for exercise can feel like work at first, but when you make it a habit in your life you will quickly be able to feel the benefits. Exercise helps you to feel good, strong, confident and energized.
To make exercise a habit in your daily life, you may benefit by having some type of motivation or accountability tool, such as scheduled classes, a gym membership, a workout partner or using a fitness tracker. Seek out activities that work with your lifestyle, that are fun and sustainable.
3. Eat Intentionally
Be mindful of the type, quality and quantity of food you are putting into your body each day. Sustain yourself with nourishing, regularly scheduled meals and keep healthy snacks on hand. Drink lots of water and limit overconsumption of caffeine and/or alcohol. Select optimum fuel for your body.
4. Make Time for Connection
Nurture relationships with your partner, friends and other loved ones. Carve out quality time with your spouse and make sure you have time each day to enjoy your children! Set aside time to connect with your friends in person, over the phone and/or over social media.
Work to stay spiritually anchored by devoting even just a few minutes of quiet time each day for prayer, meditation or gratitude practices.
5. Nurture Your Joy
Do something each day that you really like to do. Maybe you like to volunteer in one of your child’s activities or maybe you like to play an instrument, garden, knit or paint. What fills you up? What stimulates your mind? Fuel your creative spirit by doing something that you truly enjoy each day.
Work to make these self-care strategies habits in your daily life. You may need to start small working to incorporate one or two of these ideas as consistent routines, but even every small effort will likely yield positive benefits.
Keep at it mama! You deserve to feel happy, healthy, strong!