Time to put Self-Care on your to-do list.
Ah, Motherhood. The most difficult yet most rewarding job you’ll ever have. You’re now responsible for keeping other human beings alive. If they’re not attached at the boob, they’re colouring in the dog and spilling Cheerios all over the floor. The home chores have doubled, you can’t remember the last time you saw the bottom of the washing basket and you’re doing all of it on significantly less sleep.
It’s no wonder that we forget to take care of ourselves.
“Taking good care of YOU means that people in your life will receive the best of you, rather than what’s left of you.”
I speak from experience. So long as my clothes weren’t inside out, my shoes were on the right feet and my hair was somewhat brushed, I felt like I was doing well.
A “full face” of makeup was remembering to apply my mascara each day. My go-to hair style was the classic mum-bun. My clothes were hideously baggy to hide the body that I wasn’t taking care of. I didn’t care for skincare and my diet was particularly crap with a side of whatever the kids didn’t finish.
I was around 3 years into my motherhood chapter before I started to really focus on my self-care. Once I did, I actually became a better me, a better partner, a better friend, and most importantly, a better mother.
Here are my ideas for practising self-care:
Take time to identify the actions and activities that make you feel good.
Read a book.
Nap when your children nap.
Ask family to have the children.
Listen to music or watch a film from your childhood.
Spend time outside.
Find somewhere quiet and meditate.
Unplug from social media.
Make sure you’re up to date with your dentist appointments, smears etc.
Eat a healthy diet – do remember to treat yourself from time to time.
Read inspiring quotes.
Light a scented candle.
Go for a walk.
Try a new perfume.
Get a hug, don’t be the first to let go.
Sing along to an old favourite.
Try a new hairstyle.
Breathe in, breathe out.
Buy yourself flowers.
Sit tall, don’t slouch, carry yourself high.
Learn the lyrics to a new favourite song.
Exercise, join a fitness class.
Remind yourself that this too shall pass.
Splurge a little – and make sure it’s on yourself and not the kids.
Get a pedicure.
Write down how you’re feeling.
Try and get an early night.
Spend time with a close friend or family member.
Do something that inspires and motivates you.
And my favourite… Make yourself a cup of tea… and drink it whilst it’s hot!