When you’re a mom, it can be pretty easy to put yourself last on your list of priorities. You’ve got so much going on with the kids, the house, your job, and your relationship that you don’t have time to slow down. The very idea of taking a moment for yourself seems impossible without something going wrong. So, you grin and bear it until you wear yourself out.
It’s really important for moms to realize how important prioritizing their health really is. If you are not at your best mentally and physically, you cannot be the great mother that you are to your children. Taking time every day to do things to care for your wellbeing isn’t selfish, and believe it or not, the world will not fall apart.
Creating a Routine
How many times have you said to yourself that you’re going to make a point of putting yourself first for something to come up and you forget all about it? The best way to ensure you don’t forget self-care practices is to develop a routine. Routines provide structure and help you to develop healthy habits. While it is important to choose self-care practices that make you feel best physically, mentally, and spiritually, here are some suggestions to add to your daily routine.
Mornings set the tone for how the rest of your day will flow. If you’re in disarray trying to get the kids off to school and you to work on time, you start your day off stressed. Set an alarm and start waking up early enough to prepare yourself without all the rush. When you first wake up, do a few stretches. Then, head to a quiet area and meditate for at least ten minutes. Next, hop in the shower, complete your skincare routine, and do your hair. Finally, get dressed and head down to the kitchen. to prepare a quick breakfast for you and the family. Now you’re charged and ready to wake the kids.
After a long day of work and household chores, you’re pretty drained. Your evening routines should include wind down and relaxation techniques so you can get a good night’s sleep. Once the kids are in bed, spend a few moments catching up with your significant other. Then, head to the bathroom and draw yourself a nice warm bath with CBD products like oils to help calm your nerves. While taking a bath you can read an inspirational book, listen to relaxing music, or just soak quietly. Then, unplug from technology and wind down with a good book or an uplifting television show before going to sleep.
Making Time for Self-Care
Now that you have an idea of things you can do to incorporate more self-care into your daily routine, you’re probably wondering how you’ll ever find the time to do these things. Below are a few suggestions to free up your plate:
- Create routines for the kids – One of the first steps is creating a routine for your children. Setting a time for them to get up and get ready in the mornings, do their homework and eat snacks in the afternoon, and eat dinner before preparing for bed keeps them on a system that allows you to better determine when you can fit in your “me time”.
- Rely on Your Partner – If you have a spouse or significant other living in the house with you, ask them to pitch in with household and parenting responsibilities so you can prioritize your own needs. Maybe they are willing to help with homework in the afternoons, prepare dinner, or clean up at the end of the day giving you the time you need to relax at night.
- Give Kids Responsibilities – The sooner you start teaching your children about responsibilities, the better. It also frees up some of the things on your plate. If you have older children in the house, there is nothing wrong with giving them household chores and other tasks to help out. Older siblings can help younger siblings with their homework, wash dishes, take out the trash, or help you prepare dinner in the evenings.
It can be challenging to balance the needs of your family with your own needs. Keep in mind, however, that if you don’t properly take care of yourself, eventually, taking care of your family becomes difficult. Prioritize your health and wellness by creating morning and evening routines that help you start and finish every day off on a positive note.