Deciding to take care of yourself as a mom will begin growing you as a person and allow you to pour effectively into others around you. Is self-care a habit in your life?
Self-care allows us as moms to focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual parts of our lives. It helps us feel better!
When certain parts of our lives are abandoned or not taken care of regularly, it can lead to stress. Stress is something that, in small doses, can be okay, but if left unattended to, can cause headaches and can overwhelm us.
I recently taught a group of teenagers the FLY principal: First, Love Yourself. While it may sound selfish, it’s not. If it allows you to better invest in those around you, it’s the best thing to do.
These self care ideas for moms I am sharing are helpful to me, and I hope they are for you too. Keep in mind, though, there are dozens of articles out there on self-care, and I encourage you to read them. Find a mix of what works for you vs. what does not. (For example, baking is not self-care for me, haha! It actually drains me more. For others, though, it is therapeutic.)
So, let this list be an article that is a resource of sorts. Take what works, and then gather more ideas that work even better for you.
The critical takeaway is to FLY! Keeping stress under control as a mom can be done when self-care becomes standard practice in your life. Like a muscle, you won’t get better at it unless you practice it. So give it a go, sister! You will feel better.
This idea includes healthy eating, exercising, and drinking water every day for me. I recently shared my healthy journey in this post here. Feel free to head over and read more about the 18-month health and fitness journey I share with tons of tips, tricks, and ideas when implementing a healthier lifestyle.
I am getting better at this. I’ve started making sure I attend events our small group organizes, getting together with neighbors, and overall just making sure this happens a couple of times a month.
Gratitude journals don’t have to be a big-time commitment, yet they can be a powerful technique in shifting our minds. We may be overwhelmed by the day ahead, but simply writing out 3-5 things we are thankful for can turn our thoughts around. The goal? Write down 3-5 things in the AM and PM, starting and ending your day with thankfulness.
Music is so helpful in boosting my mood. When I have it playing in our home, I find that it keeps me more light-hearted, sometimes even dancing, and encouraged. I shared this playlist on songs full of hope that you can download for free here.
If the sun is shining in the Fall, take advantage of the Vitamin D and get outside! Walk around and look at the leaves, listen to the birds, go for a hike, or sit around a warm fire in the evenings.
I do better some days than others, but when I make time to meet God in the Bible, I never regret it. A great recommendation I heard recently was to make a “quiet time” basket. Place your Bible, journal, pen, and whatever else you need to set yourself up for success all together in a basket so that you can grab it in the morning. Enjoy something warm like coffee or tea during this time.
When there are lots of things around us, it can trigger stress. Or, if items don’t have a home, it can feel like chaos. Decluttering or organizing can have the opposite effect. It leaves us feeling peaceful, calm, and organized. Try decluttering a small space first, like a drawer, then see what happens from there.
Which one of these stands out to you, one that you could start trying today? I encourage you to give these ideas a go in your life. You will be so glad you did.
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