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Self-Care (according to PsychCentral.com) is an activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health.
Here are some simple and easy ways to practice self-care even if you are very busy:
1. Drink plenty of water
Drinking water is good for your body. You need at LEAST (8) 8oz. bottles a day. You don’t have to drink boring plain water. There are so many water recipes on Pinterest now! You can get a flavor enhancer like Crystal Light or Mio or you can add fruit to your water. I LOVE fruit water. They even have water bottles that have the times of the day on them so you know if you are behind on your water drinking and they even have bottles with middle inserts for the fruit so you can use the same fruit all day and just refill with more water.
Getting plenty of sleep is so important. You need at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Now, if you aren’t getting that, you can slowly get up to 7-8 hours by going to bed 15 minutes earlier each week (just bump it up by 15 minutes each week until you get to the 7-8 hour mark). You can train your body to go to sleep earlier. You can take naps too! You can take a 15-minute catnap and wake up ready to take on the world! LOL!
3. Focus on the present
Focus on the present and stop multitasking.
Put your cell phone on the kitchen counter at night and unplug. This will also help you go to bed earlier. Americans spend 5-6 hours a day on their phones. This is where a lot of your time is going that you don’t think you have. Again, take it slow. If you have the phone in your hand until bed, just start putting it up 15-30 minutes earlier for a while and then increase it weekly. You don’t have to quit cold turkey. You can work your way up by taking it in small bite-sized chunks.
5. Spend time with your family
This goes back to the previous two items (focus on the present and unplug). Spend time with your family. Put the technology away at dinner. Go on a family date once a month. Decide what you want this to look like for you and put it on your calendar.
6. Do Something YOU LOVE
For once, do something you LOVE to do. If you used to read and don’t anymore, buy a book. If you like music, book concert tickets. If you love movies, watch a movie. It’s as simple as doing what you like doing. Think about what you used to do before you were married and had kids. What did you like doing that you don’t do anymore? It might be an elaborate skincare routine. Whatever, you choose how it looks for you.
7. Me Time
Moms need me time. You need me time to recharge and be a better version of yourself. You need time where you don’t have to do anything but worry about yourself. Take an hour or so without the husband and kids and take off doing something you like doing. You can do anything you want during your me-time. You can get a mani/pedi, read a book, hang out at Starbucks, ride around in complete silence, etc. Heck, you can even take a shower with the door locked so no one can interrupt. Gasp!! When was the last time you did that? You get to decide what you’re doing. You don’t have to take anyone else into consideration but yourself.
Unfollow people. You can unfollow people that make you feel bad, people that don’t emulate the kind of person you want to be, people that don’t help you reach your goals, people who give you FOMO. Whatever just hit unfollow. You don’t have to unfriend them or anything, just hit unfollow.
9. Practice Gratitude
Wanna feel better? Get a gratitude journal. Thinking about being thankful and filling the journal out every day will make you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot in life. For real! I love my gratitude journal. Pssst… it takes less than 5 minutes a day!
10. Love yourself
Love yourself. ACTUALLY, love yourself. Stop beating yourself up. Stop waiting for tomorrow. Stop waiting until the right time. Stop waiting until you have the perfect job or the perfect body. Love yourself TODAY. You’re worth loving. You are. The one reading this right now. Love yourself like you love your husband and kids. Talk nicely to yourself, buy yourself things you ACTUALLY like, practice self-love, practice self-care. LOVE YOURSELF, Mama. You’re worth loving and you deserve it.
11. Compliment yourself
Compliment yourself AT LEAST once a day. Do you look amazing with your new hair cut? Does your new makeup make you feel beautiful? Is your style on point today? Do you cook a mean dinner? Are you smart? Are you kind? Are you a good mother? Are you a good wife? Go ahead and compliment yourself, you deserve it! When you walk past the mirror, say “Hello Beautiful!” or say it in your head if you’re in public and don’t want people to think you’re nuts. LOL! Or just do it anyway. Doing this one thing will help you gain self-confidence and it will let you know what we already know about you and that’s how amazing you are right now in this very movement.
If you “fail” or “miss the mark”, give yourself grace. You’re not perfect and no one expects you to be, but you. I am using fail and miss the mark in air quotes because you get to decide if you fail or miss the mark. You get to decide what that means. Maybe it means you were brave enough to try something new. Maybe it means you got out of your comfort zone. Be nice to yourself and give yourself grace. One filter you can use with this is by asking yourself if you would talk to your child the same way you talk to yourself? If the answer is NO, then you’re being too hard on yourself and you need to stop.
13. Having your own back
I am obsessed with this one. It’s the best one on the list for sure! I saved the best for the last. Natalie Bacon talks about this on her podcast and blog and it’s phenomenal. Its life-changing for sure. Have your own back. Don’t talk down to yourself. Don’t beat yourself up. Don’t get carried away with guilt and shame. Speak highly of yourself. Be proud of yourself. Basically, you treat yourself the way you do your husband and kids. You know that saying your mom may or may not have repeated over and over and over again to you when you were a child? Treat others as you would treat yourself. Well, that goes for YOU too! Don’t leave yourself out of the golden rule.
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