Do you make self-care a priority or is it pushed way down your to-do list?
Do you ever feel that when you are at your lowest point mentally and emotionally, more things seem to go wrong? This is no coincidence.
As busy mums, we need to be on top of our game, it’s important to remember that it’s not selfish to need or crave down time.
When you’re refreshed, energised and feeling good about life the whole family benefits, and you will give off positive energies and be much more solution focussed towards any of life’s little challenges. When we stay connected to our own well-being it radiates out to our children, and we are much more patient.
We often know that we should be looking after ourselves a bit more, but Knowing and doing are two completely different things. Let’s make it easy for you.
When we think of self-care or ways to be kind to ourselves, we can easily draw a blank, so here’s a list of things you can do to look after yourself.
1. Book yourself a massage, or invest in some simple massage rollers, heat pads, fluffy throws or cosy PJs to snuggle up in
2. Take up Yoga, sign up for a class and make new friends, or if it’s difficult to get out, there’s plenty yoga video’s on YouTube
3. Unwind with a good book and your favourite hot drink
4. Meditate and practice mindfulness, there are lots of ideas on YouTube
5. De-Clutter something, a room, a cupboard, a drawer or wardrobe
6. Know when you’ve had enough and remove yourself
7. Unplug for a while from your social media, whatever you feel you can realistically manage
8. Book a manicure, or spend a quiet evening in painting your nails
9. Stretch, it only takes a moment!
10. Focus on healthy eating, or start with choosing healthy snacks that give energy
11. Take a walk or run
12. Find a place to be around nature, water is great for the soul
13. Get some Vitamin D during the summer, sit out in the sunshine (Safely of course)
14. Give yourself a facemask
15. Make time for hobbies or creative activities
16. Smile and laugh as often as you can
17. Connect with a friend you haven’t caught up with in a while
18. Learning to say ‘No’ to things that don’t serve you, and Say Yes to invites or requests that can give you a positive outlet or a break from parenting, stop putting yourself last
19. Create a set of positive affirmations for yourself to check in with each morning
20. Say Yes to invites or requests that can give you a positive outlet or a break from parenting, stop putting yourself last
21. Start using a journal. There are lots of different ideas online to find a way of journaling that suits you 22. Plan a break or a holiday
23. Not to overextend or overcommit yourself on things
24. Cook your favourite meal
25. Listen to your favourite song or album that uplifts you
26. Practice gratitude
27. Take time out to focus on your breathing, even briefly, look up Diaphragmatic breathing
28. Learn something new, that you’ve been wanting to, but put off, take a course, or check out online tutorials
29. Drink more water, 2.7 litres is our recommended daily intake
30. Try painting or colouring, it is known to be very calming
31. Hire a sitter and spend an evening out doing something you enjoy
32. Try something new
34. Ask for help
35. Plant flowers, try a spot of gardening
36. Take an early night
37. Create yourself a quiet space somewhere
38. Take a long shower or bath
39. Help someone out
40. Shop for just yourself as a special treat
41. Get a beauty treatment or give yourself one with a face mask
42. Listen to an energising podcast
43. Watch a sunrise or sunset
44. Set yourself goals, visions and intentions for the future, write them down
45. Have coffee with a good friend
46. Talk about yourself with kind words
47. Acknowledge and release your stress
48. Fill your life with things and people that uplift you
49. Assess and remove draining energies
50. Remember what an amazing Mum you are, kiss your children’s forehead and feel the love you have for each other.
Be kind to yourself by putting larger self-care treats into your diary as a date with yourself and make a rule not to cancel! If you want to be amazing at self-care and be on top form, try to do something no matter how small every day.
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” Eleanor Brown
I hope you find these useful, do let me know which ones you enjoy the most!
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