Self-care is an essential component of motherhood. Our families rely on us each day to make the best decisions, to love them and to provide for their overall wellness and health. How can we give our best if we haven’t learned to apply our best to ourselves?
I think many women, mothers, and daughters are pleasers. I recently received some great advice about creating time for self care and wanted to share for Mother’s day and moving forward…
Top 10 Ways Moms Can Take Care of Themselves
1. Get enough sleep.
This means making sure to unplug from computer and cellphones minimum one hour before bedtime. Have an evening routine that is calming for kids and family. Consider a lavender bath with Epsom salts and aim for 7 to 8 hours sleep.
2. Fuel your body with nutritious and delicious meals!!!
Of course that is my philosophy 🙂 Shopping and planning ahead will set you up for success for the week ahead. Consider learning new strategies, easy recipes and great food combinations and options. See my Mother’s Day Teas for some new ideas, or…
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Studies show that 30 minutes combined cardio and weight resistance training increases endorphins, longevity ,healthy weight and overall health.
4. Yoga and Meditation
Consider some new or ongoing practise which have proven stress and therapeutic relief.
5. Count your blessings.
Make a gratitude list. Look beyond the difficult moments and strive for the positives and silver lining. We all have a multitude of things to be grateful for. Post your list and add to it.
6. Ask for help.
We don’t have to do it all alone. Ask family, friends, partners, spouses and co-workers for help. People love to be needed.
7. Say “no”.
Saying “no” to a project, to someone you love, to a volunteer activity is sometimes necessary. The guilt can be real but is a risk and discomfort to be taken at times.
8. Help others.
Nothing feels as good as giving to others. Get involved in charity, a cause or your passion. Helping each other makes all our lives richer and rewarding.
9. Get Connected.
Connect to your community, spirituality, girlfriend, pets or whatever feels right for you. Ie. Nature, music, reading, hobbies ,dancing or gathering with girlfriends. Do something at least once a week that makes you feel whole.
10. Be your REAL you.
Believe in yourself and abilities. Going out of your comfort zone can be the best thing that can lead to great transformation!
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