During the first few years of a child’s life, we’re overly concerned about the child’s welfare. Mother’s, on the other hand, will put their needs on the backburner. So what can a mom do to ensure that she’s properly taking care of herself?
Self-Care Tips for Mom
While your children will come first, here are some tips to help you take care of you – even when you feel like you don’t have the energy.
- Take a few minutes just for you: Don’t rush to pick up a crying baby or make dinner. Instead, go for a walk, take a bath or even paint your nails. Tune out the rest of the world and focus on yourself.
- Focus on the future: Just because you are waking up every two hours doesn’t mean that in six months you’ll be doing the same. Focus on what the future holds. Daydream on what your life will like in the next year or two. Even imagine the vacation you can take with your young one.
- Dress like you mean it: It’s easy for moms to fall into wearing dirty clothes because of spit-up or spills. Or to wear sizes too big, waiting for the day that you’ll fit back into your old clothes. Go on a shopping spree and buy clothes that fit – and look good – on you. Then, always leave the house with clean clothes on – no matter how many outfits you’ve gone through that day.
- Ask for help: You think you’re Super Woman, but you’re really not. You need help – so ask for it. Get your family, friends and significant other involved. And take some time for yourself.
- Don’t try keeping up with Jones: The Jones aren’t you so don’t try to be them. Competition amongst moms is common, but don’t feel the pressure to try to live up to other people’s standards. Those same people may be just as envious of you. Just be you, and temper expectations. No need to be a perfectionist. Give yourself a break.
- Go the beauty parlor: Get a new haircut or a mani-pedi. Treat yourself for an afternoon. Plus, a shorter haircut is easier to maintain – eliminating more stress from your life.
- Stay healthy: Eat on a regular basis, stay hydrated (your body especially needs this now), and get out and exercise. All of this will help your body recover and reduce stress.
- Don’t lose yourself: You were a person before the children, and you need to be a person after. Go out and do the things that you liked doing before the baby. And don’t feel like you need to conform to someone’s standards of what it means to “be a mother”.