Posted on Sep 20th 2019
Time is a valuable but limited resource for moms, and there never seems to be enough of it in the day to get everything done. This means you have to prioritize, and your self-care likely falls to the bottom of the list to make room for tasks oriented around kids, work, home, and family. But self-care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Your needs are important too! If you never make time for yourself, you’ll quickly burn yourself out and succumb to stress, fatigue, or even illness. Here are some of our most useful self-care tips for moms, brought to you by your friends at Romp n' Roll.
You may pride yourself on providing your children with healthy meals, but you’re not doing yourself any favors if you spend all day preparing delicious and nutritious food for the kids and leave no time for you besides snacking on junk food or throwing a quick frozen dinner in the microwave after they’ve gone to bed. Healthy food is the fuel that powers your body. Without it, you’ll find your energy and attitude drain much faster throughout the day. Start with small changes to your diet to ease your way into healthier eating habits. Drink water instead of soda, replace sugary snacks with fruits or veggies, shop more often at farmer’s markets, and try to make time for at least one well-rounded meal in your daily routine.
Get Enough Sleep
This isn’t groundbreaking advice, and you’ve doubtlessly heard it before, but getting enough sleep is perhaps the most essential self-care practice to get into. It’s easy for moms to slip into a routine of squeezing in extra tasks after the kids go to sleep and waking up early to get even more done before they get up, but this comes at the price of your health. Habitual lack of sleep will exhaust your energy, as well as harm your mental and physical wellness. Studies have shown that people who consistently get less than six hours of sleep experience impaired cognitive functionality, a weakened immune system, increased appetite, weight gain, and an increased risk of serious health conditions such as depression, heart disease, and diabetes.
Find Time for Friends
Busy schedules shouldn’t mean erasing quality time with your close friends. You’ll find that friendships become even more essential in times when your schedule begins to overwhelm; it brings you out of the isolation that often comes with the responsibility of motherhood and gives you an opportunity to connect with people who will lift you up. Find time for friends in your agenda on a regular basis, whether it’s going out for coffee every other week or movie night once a month.
Squeeze in Some Exercise
If you’re feeling a little sluggish and down-in-the-dumps, getting your blood pumping is often the perfect remedy. This doesn’t mean you have to find the space for a six-mile run somewhere in your day. Kids, chores, and a million different obligations take up a lot of your time, so it makes sense that you don’t have much time to devote to exercise. Instead, squeeze in small activities you can do to keep yourself physically healthy and strong. A quick bike ride, walk/run around the block, yoga session, or even dance party in your living room with your children is enough to get your energy levels back up.
Make Time for Things You like to Do
Don’t lose yourself in the responsibility of being “mom”. It’s easy to get buried in daily chores and kid-oriented tasks, but devoting all your identity to these duties will leave you feeling like an empty shell of your former self. It isn’t selfish to make time for things you enjoy! Pursue hobbies such as reading, journaling, drawing, gardening, baking, or running. Pamper yourself by indulging in a spa day, a shopping trip, a hot bath, a long nap, or a little extra time in the morning for makeup. Even leaving space for thirty minutes of alone time each day will help you feel more relaxed and happy.