Mamas: what’s your self-care recipe? Do you have one? As moms, we often prioritize ourselves last. Caring for children and families is hard work and we deserve a few moments of daily, weekly and monthly self-care moments.
You might not be the most energized, fashionable, fit, rested, social, well-read woman — but you can be a couple of those things! If you can prioritize your three self-care moments, you might find it’s easier to sneak them in. What can you do daily, weekly and monthly to help yourself feel your best mentally or physically?
For example, I prioritize exercise, long showers and nights out. Another mom might enjoy daily reading, weekly cooking for fun and a monthly massage. An introverted mom might depend on a weekly manicure, time to sew and a quiet meditation podcast. A more social mom might thrive on happy hour, pottery class or calling a friend on the phone.
How to prioritize self-care
Look at your schedule, keep track and ask for help! For your daily self-care moment, just after waking up or before going to bed is a great time. Sundays are great for weekly self-care if you have a partner that’s home and willing to help occupy the kiddos. For your monthly self-care activity, try to schedule time at the beginning of each month and keep that appointment like you would a work commitment!
My self-care recipe
Daily: Exercise. This can be as simple as a 10-minute online pilates workout or a 30-minute brisk walk. It means if I haven’t done any movement all day, that 10-minute yoga video takes precedence over laundry after my daughter goes to bed. Moving my body helps my mental clarity and helps me feel better physically, too.
Weekly: A long shower. While I shower every day (of course), usually on Sundays, I will take a nice long (15 minute) shower and use my favorite luxurious face, hair and body products, too. It helps me relax after busy, fun, kid-centric weekends! My husband knows this is important to me and gives me the uninterrupted time.
Monthly: Night out. Whether a date night or time with friends, a night out without kiddos is paramount to my sanity. Bonus if I can combine - spending time with my hubby and our friends at a fun restaurant is one way I feel energized. I have family and local sitters I can count on for this monthly moment.
25 Self-Care Ideas for Moms
2. Cooking for pleasure
8. Time with friends
11. Coffee Time
12. Worship/Bible Study
14. Quiet Alone Time
16. Date Night
17. Enjoying a glass of Wine
18. Watching a TV Show
19. Listening to a Podcast
Consider this permission granted to take care of yourself! What are your three self-care moments you’re going to prioritize? Leave us a comment below!