When you’re a mom, there is rarely enough time in the day to take care of yourself.
Between work, family and other responsibilities, taking even five minutes for “me time” can seem impossible sometimes.
However, it is important that you remember to take care of your own needs because if you don’t, how will you be able to look after everyone else?
Here are 5 quick tips on how to practice self-care to create balance in your life.
I know it's hard to find time for yourself, but I promise you'll feel so much better if you do.
When was the last time you went out with friends or did something just for your own enjoyment?
When was the last time that you made a point of doing something nice for YOURSELF?
My suggestion would be to take an hour this weekend and do whatever makes your heart happy: go shopping at the mall; see a movie on date night; read a book in bed while sipping tea; or take care of any other long-neglected task that has been waiting patiently by your side.
#2. Connect with other moms
Being a mother is an amazing journey, but one that can also be experience as isolating and overwhelming.
The demands of parenting a new baby, toddler, or teen are great and the low points are deep.
This is one of the reasons why it's so important to connect with other mothers, so that you can share experiences without interruption and feel like you're not alone in your confusion or exhaustion.
Connecting with other mothers gives you an immediate support system, because no matter how different each parent may be, they will all understand exactly what you mean when you say: 'Our child won't sleep through the night.'
Tip: A great places to connect with other moms online is Facebook groups.
#3. Get enough sleep when possible
Sleep is important.
In fact, it’s one of the most important things for our health.
But guess what? We’re not doing it enough.
A recent study found that around 33% of Americans don't get enough sleep on an average night.
Whether it’s because of our busy lifestyle, or you don’t feel tired while jet-lagged, we all could get more sleep.
And it turns out that getting enough sleep has a lot of benefits other than feeling refreshed in the morning.
There are lots of perks to sleeping well.
First, you’ll feel rested and energetic throughout the day.
You’ll also have a better temperament and be more productive.
Sleep is important for memory and learning, too.
And getting enough of it may even help you live longer.
So, when possible, get more sleep - your body will thank you for it.
#4. Eat healthy food and drink plenty of water
Eat healthy food and drink plenty of water to stay energized.
Water and energy are related to each other.
Without water, a person cannot generate enough energy to complete a task effectively.
On the other hand, without food, a person may lose too much energy to even move effectively.
So, the key to staying energized is to find the right balance between eating well and drinking loads of water.
Try to include foods into your diet that are high in carbohydrates, protein and vitamins such as potatoes, bananas, broccoli, pasta, salmon and nuts.
It’s also important to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Carry a water bottle and make it a habit of drinking 10-12 glasses of water per day.
#5. Get outside in nature
A lot of people seek ways to destress and get a break from their busy lives.
Some would say that one of the best ways to unwind is by getting away from it all and going on vacation.
Recently, I’ve discovered something even better than a vacation: being in nature.
Indeed, engagement with nature has been consistently linked to our subjective well-being and mental health.
Research shows that in the short term, spending time in nature: (1) Reduces physical pain; (2) Relieves stress; (3) Improves mood; and (4) Boosts creativity.
It’s not always an easy thing to fit into a busy mom schedule but self-care is extremely important.
Once you make the time to care for yourself you will be able to be an even better mom and wife.