Moms, you are household superheroes. This is why it is important to take time for yourself. You’re tasked with cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, managing piles of laundry, helping the kids with their schoolwork… the list goes on and on. If you add a career into the mix, getting everything done can seem like an impossible challenge.
You go, go, go, taking care of everyone—everyone except for yourself. As your to-do list grows and the stress kicks in, most of us wish we could have just five minutes to ourselves to relax and unwind, but there are simply not enough hours in the day.
From the moment you wake up, you do your best to get ready for work while making breakfast fast enough to get the kids to school so you can make it to the office on time. And when the workday is over, you have to immediately shuffle to-and-from soccer practice while tackling as many errands as you can in between.
5 Helpful Self-Care Tips for Busy Moms
You barely have time to think, let alone tend to our mental health. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Stop sacrificing on self-care and read on to discover ways you can squeeze in some “me time” for the sake of your sanity.
Take a Walk around the Block
Get outside and remind yourself what vitamin D feels like by taking a walk around the block—even just 15 minutes can be a total lifesaver. Walking is great for your physical health and exercise releases endorphins that can help you squash any stress or anxiety you might be experiencing.
Even though you have a million-and-one tasks on your plate, you should take the time to invest in the best walking shoes to keep you comfortable as you cruise up and down the street. You don’t want to feel sore on top of everything else you’ve got going on.
Pick up Past Hobbies
There are probably times when the kids are busy or away and you’re temporarily relieved of your parental supervision. Most of us use the time to tidy up, run some errands, do chores around the house… essentially, anything and everything other than tending to ourselves.
Instead, take an occasional break and do something you’re passionate about! That book you’ve been meaning to finish? Yeah, it’s still there waiting for you. Pick it back up and dive into a world that feels far away from home.
Save Time on Your Tasks
There are also ways you can reduce the amount of time you spend on task—find as many hacks as you can! Some examples might include:
- Preparing meals in advance
- Waiting to run the dishwasher until its full
- Allocating laundry to certain days of the week
Every minute saved is a minute kept, so see if you can optimize your workflow around the house. Remember, that you can always listen to wireless headphones to have a private dance party while doing your household chores!
Make Friends with Moms
Make more Mom friends! You might feel like there’s not enough time to maintain a social life, but make it a priority. Forging these relationships is valuable to your mental well-being, especially if they have some tricks up their sleeve on how they achieve a bit solitude at home.
Also, there’s a good chance they’ll be willing to help out with babysitting once in a while you go run errands or take a much-needed nap. And if they’re married, you might be able to coordinate for your husbands to get together at their place—meaning the house is yours while the kids are also away!
Be Kind to Yourself
Treat yourself kindly with the respect you deserve. Don’t be harsh on your messy bun that looks like a permanent bird’s nest perched on top of your head. Remind yourself that you will indeed take regular showers once again someday soon—and when you do, be sure to savor every second spent by yourself beneath the warm water!
Remember, life is all about balance! Between the kids, your career, and all your relationships, it’s absolutely essential to take time for yourself and get away from all the chaos. So, keep these tips in mind and remember how important it is to squeeze self-care into your schedule!
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