Practising self-care is a really important habit that everyone should be incorporating into their lives. It seems so obvious yet so over said. I never really knew what “self-care” actually was until this past year. I’d heard of the phrase, but never really understood it. Just about anything you do for yourself can be a form of self-care. Having a shower for a mother with a newborn, getting a coffee out of the house for a mum always on the go, reading a book or magazine can be a major form of self-care for another mother who sits down to watch tv at night, when the kids are finally asleep in bed, only to keep flicking the channel because nothing is on. Which is why I have made this 10 simple self-care habits for mothers list.
Once I started to actually put into practise some self-care rituals I realized it made a huge difference in my overall wellbeing. I have a lot of mums in my life, from family, friends, readers and followers. At some point or another we are all screaming on the inside, or out, that we just need to do something for ourselves. That doesn’t involve making anyone else happy but YOU. So I have made a little list, maybe for the beginner, maybe for someone who doesn’t quite understand the concept, or maybe for someone whose looking for more ideas. I will say these are beginner, simple things to do, that you can easily incorporate into your day.
A big word I will use for these habits are MINDFULNESS. If you buy a coffee at the local cafe almost daily and don’t consider it to be a form of self-care, yet a necessity, just be mindful of the fact that you are buying yourself a coffee because you deserve it, because you quite possibly a tired mum, running on empty but deserve to have a few dollars spent on yourself for that glorious latte. It may sound silly, but If you are more mindful and less on auto pilot it can really change how you feel.
One of my goals this year is to work on myself. My overall wellbeing, to become healthier not only physically but mentally too. I find that the littlest things can wind me up, I can be reactionary and then immediately regretful. I’m sick of being frustrated and not enjoying lifes everyday moments. So mindfulness, meditation, yoga and self-care are big on my agenda this year!
Do what you need to do to get that self-care time. Make it known to your partner, call a family member, baby sitter or send the kids to the grandparents for a few hours, whatever it takes to carve out some of that self-care time.
What are some things you do for yourself for self-care? Is it something you are already incorporating or do you feel you need to practise it some more?
If you need more ideas I wrote this list of 20 Ideas for self-care ideas last year!