Busy moms, especially those who work and manage a household, may struggle to find time for themselves. Although it may seem like there aren’t enough hours in the day, it’s important to set aside some much-needed “you time” every now and then.
It can be easy to put your family’s needs before your own, however, personal time is important and will help you to unwind, relax and keep stress from becoming overwhelming. So you may be asking yourself — “how is it possible to balance work, being the best mom I can, and my own self-care all at once?”
Well here are some ideas that may be able to help!
Schedule Time For Yourself
If you’re a mom that likes to schedule your day — you’re already off to a great start! Finding room in your daily routine for some alone time or to partake in a hobby that you love is essential to your health and wellness.
If you don’t find yourself writing down your agenda for the day, it may be a good idea to put everything on paper to make your to-do list more manageable.
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Wake Up Earlier
Although waking up earlier may seem counterintuitive in helping your self-care, it can actually help to jump-start your day. By going to sleep an hour earlier at night, and waking up an hour before your alarm goes off, you can be much more productive around the house or have some time alone before your family starts their day.
Take this time to do something that helps get you energized for the day. Whether it’s working out, meditating, or, getting household chores done, utilizing this time to spend productively will help you power through the rest of your day.
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Join A Book Club or Simply Read More
Did you know reading is a work out for your brain? That’s right, your brain needs a work out too in order to relieve stress and improve brain function. Reading does that and so much more. It expands your vocabulary and helps to positively promote literature in the eyes of your children as well.
If your kids see their mother reading a book on a regular basis, it could make cracking open a book a household activity you all enjoy together. A book club is also a great way to get out of the house on a weekly basis and spend time with other women or friends you wouldn’t see otherwise.
Simplify Your Beauty Routine
If you’re looking to maximize your time in the morning to get more done, consider simplifying your beauty regimen. Spending less time in front of the mirror could mean extra time for you to get lunches put together, prepare for a work meeting or just relax with a cup of coffee.
Try to wash your hair at night to save you from the hassle of drying and straightening it in the morning. Likewise, applying face masks or an effective anti-aging formula before bed will prevent fine lines and wrinkles while keeping pores clean. Try to spend less than 15 minutes at the vanity each day.
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Make Time for Your Personal Fitness
Keeping your physical health in-check is just as important as your mental health. As you age, your body is more susceptible to heart disease, as well as many other serious ailments that can result in serious damage to your long-term health.
Find time each day to go for a walk, run outside or create a workout routine for yourself. This will help prevent sluggishness that results from a sedentary lifestyle that can sometimes be common as you age.
Every once and a while it’s good to pamper yourself, whether that be getting your nails done, scheduling a massage, or even going shopping for a few hours. If you’re able, leave the kids at home with your significant other and meet up with girlfriends to catch up over dinner and drinks.
Doing little things for yourself can go a long way when it comes to your self-esteem as well as your mental health. It can make your week a little less stressful to know you have a date planned for Friday night or a hair appointment on hump day. Do what makes you happy because if you are always catering to others, you lose track of yourself.
However, you choose to care for your mental and physical well-being, make sure that you can incorporate it into your daily routine and it adds value to you and your life. Although it can sometimes slip our minds, our own health and welfare are essential, and without it, you can’t expect to have the energy or stamina to keep up with your busy family.
What’s your favorite self care tip?