Moms Need Self-Care: Take care of you, so you can take care of others

Self-care is a phrase we are seeing everywhere. So often, we get lost in the overwhelming responsibilities of our daily lives. In the chaos, we forget to (or choose not to) take care of ourselves.

In my experience, moms are the worst offenders–me included. It is hard to take time for yourself when you know that you have so many other things to be taking care of.

As a mom of two young boys, I feel like I have so much to balance:

  1. Keep my two little ones fed, alive, clean, healthy and happy.
  2. Spend quality time my family.
  3. Feed the family.
  4. Keep the house clean.
  5. Work (I work from home, full time).

There are only 24 hours in a day, and finding time for self-care feels impossible. But it is not only possible, it is necessary. When I was teaching, we did a workshop around Tom Rath’s How Full is Your Bucket, where we discussed the importance of self-care our ability to effectively teach and care for our students. The same concept applies in our homes, as parents. Moms need self-care.

You have to fill your own bucket, before you can pour into the buckets of others.

Mom’s need self-care. And self-care will mean something different to each person. For some, it will mean taking time to get a pedicure, or a haircut. For others, it might mean attending yoga classes, or settling in with a good book and a cup of tea. For others, it might mean simply taking a shower and getting ready for the day (check out my recent blog post, here).

If you are like me, I found it really challenging to take time for self-care, no matter how much my husband prodded. I have a hard time “finding time,” and sometimes I have no idea what to do with that “me time.”  Sometimes, my husband even gives me a gift card for a pedicure and pushes me out the door (okay, he doesn’t really push me).  But self-care doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. It doesn’t even have to involve leaving the house.

I have compiled a list of my favorite ways to practice self-care:

Make it happen, and make it a habit. Schedule time into your week to focus on you.  Notice how your energy improves. Notice how you have more of yourself to give.

What are some of your favorite ways to practice self-care? Leave a comment below!

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