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Easy Self Care For A Busy Mom – It Actually Works!

There’s a lot of discussion about how vital self-care is – and it is – but showing yourself self-love when you don’t have time can be daunting.

I get it – we moms are essentially superhumans who prioritize the needs of others over our own. It’s tempting to believe that’s the way things are or must be, but if you peel back the layers, you’ll discover that putting yourself first can have significant benefits.

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Then there are the additional advantages of self-care, such as better mental health, happiness, trust, and overall stress reduction.

Reduced tension leads to more restful sleep (which we desperately need!). and better overall lifestyle choices (this might be the topic of another blog post, but I’ll keep it brief – you get the idea). Although there are many advantages to self-care, the bottom line is that doing little things for yourself (and enjoying yourself!) adds up to big results.

I’ve broken down the self-care ideas into manageable time blocks because you can find you don’t have enough time to perform small (or large) acts of self-care.

Eat Healthy

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To be a healthy mom, you should take the eating healthy most priority! Self-care begins by eating nutritious foods.

You feel amazing when you fuel your body with high-energy foods.

Consume real food, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats.

Processed food is low in calories, has little or no nutritional value, and actually depletes your energy levels – it’s time to stop it!

(This isn’t to suggest you can’t have a cheat meal; it just means you can make healthier choices the majority of the time.)

Drink More Water

Water is the adult drink, according to a meme, joke, or whatever you want to call it.

I laughed, but then realized that I couldn’t think of a more accurate sentence.

Your favorite beverage should be water.

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I won’t go into great detail as to why (I’m sure you already know), but I will suggest that you can bring a water bottle with you at all times to ensure you’re getting enough…water.

(This isn’t to suggest you can’t have a cheat meal; it just means you can make healthier choices the majority of the time.)

Get Rid Of Technology

I know it’s ironic that I’m telling you to put your phone down because you’re probably reading this…on your phone.

However, walking away from social media and, more importantly, your phone, is rejuvenating. It helps you to be completely present. It makes it possible for you to avoid comparing yourself to others.

In my own life, I’ve developed guidelines for when my phone is allowed to accompany me.

When I’m with my family, I put my phone in a separate space so that I don’t have to check it all the time.

Create A Seft-Care Schedule

There’s no point in believing (or claiming) that you don’t have time for self-care. Making a plan is the simplest way to incorporate self-care into your life and routine. It doesn’t matter what you put on your calendar; what matters is that it makes you happy. You will reap the benefits of self-care if you are consistent and stick to your schedule.

Learn To Say NO

We’ve all heard that saying no to things that don’t make sense for us is a smart idea, but should we really do it?

Most certainly not.

Saying no has been a work in progress for me for the past two years. That’s right, two years.

It took some time for me to understand how to say no without feeling like I’m letting anyone down.

Here’s a good rule of thumb to remember: if the invitation to something drains you the moment you hear (or read) it, it’s time to say no.

Okay, mama, we’ll take it from there.

Avoid Toxic People

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Avoiding toxic people who want to take over your time without giving you anything in return is closely linked to saying no. Do you have someone you’re always trying to please in your life? Are you concerned about their reaction? Isn’t it particularly true if you say no? These are the ones you need to get rid of or stay away from.

Stretch

Stretching as a form of self-care

You may not have considered it, but give it a shot for 5 minutes.

I kept seeing the idea to stretch as I was looking for ways to take better care of myself.

Is it true that it would make me feel better?

It’s that sweet. I started stretching right after my journal writing and it’s become a part of my self-care routine.

Phone Burge For The Win

And, for that matter, social media cleanup.I recently sat down and counted how many useless applications I had on my tablet. Some were just gathering dust, while others were no longer needed. It was past time for me to detach from the internet, you know? Clean up your phone for 5 minutes – it’s almost as good as decluttering a home! After that, consider purging your social media friends list – now THAT’ll make a woman happy!

Dancing On Your Own

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You know what I mean when I say dance like no one is watching?

Mama, we only live once, so get down and boogie in front of the mirror.

You’ll find yourself laughing and smiling, which is, after all, the best treatment.

Grab Some Tea

Choosing to make tea and sit and relax rather than chasing dust bunnies under the sofa is often much more significant.

Mama, don’t worry, the dishes will always be there when you get home.

Pick your tea.

Deep Breathing

This should have been included in the list of 5 minute self-care suggestions, but it’s not.

I was a skeptic of deep breathing’s efficacy.

Is that true? Is it true that taking deep breaths would help me feel better?

Oh, my goodness, I feel so much better because a friend asked me to do some deep breathing every day.

Deep breathing soothes, relaxes, de-stresses, and aids in the elimination of toxins from the body.

You will feel better if you have less toxins.

Isn’t that correct?

Conclusion

Choose self-care practices that you enjoy early in the morning before the kids wake up and late at night after the kids have gone to bed. Starting with small, 5-minute self-care ideas is also a great way to gradually begin taking care of yourself.

It’s a beautiful thing, believe me! I’m less depressed, more rested, and much content in my own life. Do you understand what that means? As a result, I’m a better mom. Tell me, mama, which self-care concept has piqued your interest. Please leave a comment and a share below!

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