It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, as a busy mom, it’s always important to take care of yourself. And, yes, I get it, those children need soooo many things and soooo much of your time. Well, consider this: you won’t be any good for anyone if you burn out or worse, become ill. So, let’s explore some savvy and simple ways to take care of yourself.
Pay Attention to How You Feel
While emotions tend to shift, depending on what’s going on, keeping them more balanced does help make life seem easier and more peaceful. If you do have emotions that are affecting how you function, it may be time to take a break or step away from the situation. Stress and negative emotions can leave you feeling constantly exhausted and unable to handle as much as usual.
Consider cutting back on some activities if you get overwhelmed. If the kids are old enough, give them chores to do around the house. Also, take strategic timeouts when you feel it’s needed. Let a partner, relative, or trusted babysitter cover for you.
Take Care of Your Body and Skin
I love to treat myself to facials, spa treatments, massages, and even simple at-home DIY spa days. After all, being a mom isn’t the easiest job in the world. We need to pamper our bodies if we want to stay young-looking in the future. And, trust me, I know how easy it is to slack off on self-care when my world gets busy. This past year since the pandemic started hasn’t exactly been easy either. I think I actually went a month (or maybe longer) without shaving, let alone doing any specialized self-care. So, ladies, it’s time to sit on the throne and treat ourselves like queens!
Watch Something Entertaining
Relaxing in front of the TV to watch something you’ve been looking forward to is the perfect way to relax and let that guard down. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a drama that you’ve been aching to see, a reality show with all the shenanigans, or watching some relaxing snooker live streaming to ease the stress. Whatever makes you smile and allows you to wind down from your busy day.
Get Some Exercise
While you may not be the type of woman who bangs on the gym doors at 6:00 am ready to go, understand that some kind of consistent movement is necessary for health. Exercise provides stress relief, transports your mind to another place, and, let’s face it, it’s the only thing that will keep those body parts in place. That is unless you want to spend loads of cash on plastic surgery.
Additionally, the chemicals that get released into the bloodstream when you exercise in any form help to elevate your mood. The last time I checked, being happy kinda makes for an easier time being a mom. Take a walk in the park or go for a swim…alone, without the kids. Yeah, I just said that. Better yet, call a friend and hang out for a bit.
As moms, we often give the best of ourselves to our kids. That’s honorable and deserves a standing ovation, but there’s also a problem. We are vulnerable to burnout and can easily miss some important cues to take care of ourselves. If you always find this happening, try keeping your “me” time on the calendar and treat those times as sacred appointments.