Are you feeling overwhelmed? Does it feel like you never have even a few minutes to yourself? Be honest, when was the last time you went to the bathroom without one of your kids coming to find you. You are probably thinking, Mommy just need a few minutes.
For overwhelmed and exhausted moms, self-care for moms provides many benefits you may not realize. Busy moms today seem to run from place to place and activity to activity often feeling frazzled and overwhelmed at the end of the day. Self-care is a way for moms to take a short “time-out” and make the world slow down.
Benefits of Self-Care
Moms benefit from self-care in many ways. First, it helps us relax when we feel stressed and overwhelmed. It reduces our stress. When we always feel anxious from kids, work, and life, it’s easy to feel stressed – all the time.
Second, self-care also helps moms feel less frustration and anger. When it feels like life is closing in and you never get a break, your temper is more likely to snap and you might yell or be angry with your kids or family. Self-care allows moms to take a pause. If you feel like your day is too much, say it’s time to take a “mommy time-out”. Give yourself a break. It’s okay, we all need a break some days.
Third, self-care may improve your health. When we feel high stress and anxiety our health is affected. For example, we have higher blood pressure. We might binge eat or eat things that are not healthy. Stress might trigger health problems like migraine headaches or pain related illnesses.
When you take time for self-care every day (or a few times a week), you will be more relaxed and less stressed. You won’t feel as anxious with your kids and hopefully, you yell less too. Don’t forget the health benefits too.
Who Should Practice Self-care
Self-care is important for all moms because it allows us to take a break. Maybe gather a few deep breaths while we take a pause from our busy days and crazy schedules.
The more we can relax, the happier we can be at home. We will be able to enjoy our family and the time we spend together.
How to practice self-care for moms
Many moms who write to me say they struggle to find the time for self-care. For moms taking even a few minutes for ourselves can be difficult on busy days.
But, taking time for yourself is important. As noted above, if you don’t take a break from your busy day, you will get over overwhelmed and frustrated. At these times, you are more likely to yell and lose your temper.
How do you practice self-care daily? You commit to taking time for self-care every day. Even if its only 10-15 minutes. To make it a habit, choose a time you can set aside each day like the first 15 minutes in the morning or 15 minutes after dinner and baths and make that your time.
You can also make a list of things you would like to do during your mommy timeout. During your timeout, try to include your favorite hobby and activities you rarely get to do. Focus on doing things you really enjoy doing so this time feels special to you. I also try to include a few hours to binge watch one of my favorite TV shows if I get extra time during the week. If you need help with some ideas, download the list of 25 self-care ideas to get you started.
I hope you enjoy your time relaxing, even if it’s only 10-15 minutes a day. Trust me it’s a great investment in you. A happier mom helps her kids and allows you to deal with the day-t0-day challenges you face.
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Don’t forget to download your free 25 Self-care Ideas for Moms printable. You can print it and save it or put it on your refrigerator where you will see it and remember to take a mommy time out today!
What’s your favorite self-care idea for moms?