As mothers, we always put ourselves last. The society has pressured us into becoming ‘Super Moms’, women whose needs come after everyone else’s, and that keeps us on our toes all the time. However, a little bit self-care can help us a lot in the long run. Simply put, when we, busy moms, take care of ourselves first, we are able to bring our strongest, healthiest, most energized self to the table and take care of others better.
Here are a few things you can do to get some time for self-care.
Read on to find out what they are!
Every mom should devote some time just for herself. During this time, moms can set their goals and create their to-do lists. This is an important step in managing time. With good management of time, moms can accomplish more in less time. This would help in decreasing the level of stress as well as improve focus.
Try Breathing Exercises & Meditation
Take one deep abdominal breath. Fill up your lungs to their maximum capacity, hold for three seconds and let it all out. That immediately feels better, doesn’t it? You can also meditate and take out time to pray to reduce stress and help the body relax. Going outside in the morning and getting some fresh air relaxes mind and body and can work wonders when it comes to self-care. Following relaxation techniques make you feel calmer and healthier throughout the week.
Also, if you can, do a little yoga in the morning, to relax and rejuvenate. Basic asanas like Anulom-Vilom , Surya Namaskar and Pranayam help a lot.
Book A Massage
No one is going to tell you that you need a vacation, break or even a spa day. So make sure you treat yourself with massage, whether it’s at home or at the salon. Book one for yourself from Urban Clap and after an hour’s session, you’ll be in bliss, ready to take on the world.
Serve Yourself First
Constantly worrying about household chores as well as managing work can leave working moms exhausted and drained. Add to that endless sleepless nights and you’ve got yourself a mom who is completely burnt out. It’s important to get real with yourself about what you want from life and ensure you are taking little steps towards that. Serving yourself first isn’t a crime. Remind yourself that self-care is not selfish.
Besides things like, eating a balanced diet on time, drinking enough water and working out makes a huge difference too.
It is a real challenge that all moms face in today’s time. While you may be tempted to do everything yourself, you must share their workload with their husbands as well as with family members. You should, under no circumstance, ignore yourself or refuse to take a break. If, as a working mom, you are taking time to think about yourself, it will definitely boost your self-confidence. When you get back from the break, you’ll be sure of your abilities too. So step away from the Internet for some time and enjoy with your own company.
Go For A Walk
Morning walk is the best exercise for the mind and body, especially for working moms. Whenever you get a chance, put your baby in a stroller and go out for a walk. It’ll be good for both of you. Join Zumba to burn calories, to boost your heart health as well as get back into shape, if that’s what you wish to do.
Don’t Take On Other People’s Responsibilities
Refuse to take other people’s responsibilities. You already have enough on your plate without having to add more. Use non-verbal communication or even a simple ‘no’ to let the other person know it’s beyond your capacity. Let other people complete their work load themselves.
Sonya Friedman has rightly said “The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.”
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