Motherhood is a beautiful and awe-inspiring journey, but it can also be challenging and overwhelming at times. With Mother's Day around the corner, it's the perfect time to pause, reflect and celebrate the incredible job you do every day. However, looking after your well-being should be a priority all year round. Self-care is essential in maintaining the physical and emotional strength required for your journey as a mother. This Mother's Day, embrace the idea of celebrating YOU and use these self-care strategies to help appreciate the gift of motherhood and the phenomenal woman you are.
Busy mom mantras
Mantras are an excellent way to center yourself when life feels chaotic. Positive affirmations help increase self-awareness and create a more positive mindset amidst the challenges of parenthood. Whether you say them out loud or to yourself, repeating a mantra can help calm your mind and bring inner peace. Some useful mantras for busy moms include:
- I am doing my best, and that is enough.
- I am calm and focused.
- It’s OK to slow down.
- My baby is my number one priority.
- I can do hard things.
- I got this.
- Today is a new day to create memories.
- I take time to bond with my baby.
- The dishes can wait.
Taking care of yourself without guilt
Self-care is an essential part of being a good parent, but many moms feel guilty taking time for themselves. It's important to acknowledge those feelings and understand that spending time on self-care is necessary for nurturing your mental and physical health. Recognize that by tending to your needs, you are better equipped to care for your family. Practice self-compassion, let go of guilt, and make self-care a non-negotiable part of your routine. This doesn’t have to be extravagant and can take as little as 5 minutes daily. Pick one self-care practice and stick to it daily. Here are some simple practical ideas:
- Take a walk in nature
- Journal about motherhood
- Turn on calming music
- Start your day with gratitude
Breathing through parenthood
Deep breathing exercises are an easy and effective way to calm the mind and relax the body. Incorporate deep breathing into your daily routine to help manage stress and anxiety. One simple technique is the 4-7-8 method - inhale for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 7 seconds, and exhale for 8 seconds. You can also quickly reset your nervous system with the 4-4-4 method also known as Box Breathing. So, the next time you’re feeling challenged, practice deep breathing for a few minutes, and you'll notice an improvement in your overall well-being.
Releasing tension through yoga and pilates
Physical activity, specifically yoga and Pilates, can help release tension and provide mental clarity. These practices incorporate mindful movement, focused breathing, and relaxation techniques, making them invaluable tools for busy moms. Dedicate time to regular yoga or Pilates practice, and you'll experience not only the physical benefits but also an increase in mental resilience. There are a ton of free workout videos on YouTube ranging from 5 minutes to 1 hour. You can even find videos specifically for moms pre- and postpartum and workouts for specific mommy needs, such as yoga for nursing moms or after C-section Pilates. Find what works for you and make it a part of your self-care routine.
Clearing your head by walking or taking a warm bath
Sometimes, all it takes is a simple activity to clear your head and reset your perspective. Going for a walk or taking a warm bath can work wonders in making you feel renewed and refreshed. Schedule regular walks to help you unwind and don’t be afraid to ask for help so you can make time for a relaxing bath whenever you need a break from the daily demands of motherhood. Taking care of yourself is essential for being the best version of you, which impacts how you show up for as a mom.
Healthy and energy boosting foods
Your diet plays a significant role in your mood, energy levels, and overall well-being. Prioritize consuming wholesome, nutritious foods that will fuel your body and keep you energized throughout the day. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your diet, and avoid processed foods high in sugar and unhealthy fats. Making healthy choices will leave you feeling more vibrant and ready to tackle parenthood.
Mother's Day is an excellent reminder to prioritize your well-being, but self-care should be practiced throughout the year. By incorporating these strategies into your daily life, you can celebrate yourself every day and be the best mom you can be. This Mother's Day, start embracing the idea of putting yourself first and gift yourself the time, care, and love you deserve. After all, a happy and healthy mom contributes to a happy and healthy family.