Moms often find themselves taking care of everyone’s needs, except their own. Between kids, careers and significant others, our self-care seems to fall by the wayside. Sometimes you need to put yourself first and there’s no need to feel guilty about it! Committing to your well-being is one of the best investments that you can make for you and your family. When you are at your best the people who depend on you will benefit as well.
By practicing self-love you are also teaching your children great habits that will help them love themselves, build confidence and lead healthier lives. Set a standard of self-care for yourself by gradually introducing new practices into your daily routine. Try to incorporate practices that focus on physical, mental and emotional health. Some examples of these include:
- Physical: Sleeping 7–8 hours, eating healthier, exercising in ways that you enjoy (yoga, dancing, running, pilates, weight training, walking), take a nap when you can
- Mental: Taking small breaks from work and to-do lists, decluttering your living space, reading a book, learning about something that interests you, meditating
- Emotional: Showing yourself compassion and forgiveness, journaling, allowing yourself to truly feel your emotions (cry if you need to), laughing and doing things that make you happy
Carve out little blocks of time throughout your day to practice self-love and self-care. Even if it’s just yoga for a couple of minutes while your kid is napping or taking the time to say your affirmations during your commute, small adjustments will yield big results in the long run.