Practicing self-care is important for everyone, but mom’s have a high track record of forgetting about it. Since I became a mom, I’ve put a lot of things on hold. I don’t shower as often, I barely eat, I don’t get dressed up and I barely even touch my hair in the morning. I find that it has become a real struggle to pay attention to my own needs. Many other moms are the exact same way but that doesn’t mean we are right in how we behave. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t take care of our children efficiently.
What Happens When We Don’t Practice Self-Care?
- Feeling Burnt Out
- Constantly Tired and Exhausted
- Feeling Overwhelmed
- Short Tempered
- Lose Patience
- Lose Your Sense of Self
- Highly Stressed Out
- Get Sick
When we don’t pay any attention to ourselves, we fall into bad habits that will eventually make us sick. If I have gone days or weeks without doing anything for myself, I usually end up feeling one or more of the things listed above!
Types of Self-Care.
According to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, there are six types of self-care:
You can check out the Planned Parenthood Website Here for a more in depth explanation on each of these.
- Exercise — Not because you care about your physical appearance but because it releases serotonin which benefits your mental health and you can be physically stronger to handle your children, God knows I need it with two boys hanging off of me, more energy throughout the days
- Eat Well — Don’t skip meals because you’re too busy doing things for your family. Nutrition is extremely important in your physical health, even more so than exercise. Need a good balance of foods to keep your body going.
- Ask For Help — Asking for help is not a sign of weakness! It is important to have a support system and people who are there for us emotionally.
- Shower — It is hard finding the time to shower. I know this because I have two children who do not like to sleep! But asking for help and making a small amount of time to clean up is a great way to practice self-care.
- Rest— When you need it, get some rest. Nap when the kids nap! Even if you have stuff to do, its okay to put it aside. Your health is more important.
What is your favourite form of practicing self-care? Let me know below!