Do you want to be the best mom you can be? Then you NEED to practice self-care. Becoming a parent comes with lots of “blessings” good and bad. And one of those can be a loss of self.
Self-care: the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.
You might be thinking, I take care of myself. I eat food, I sleep sometimes, and I occasionally run away from my kids for exercise :).
Let’s talk about REAL self-care. Like life-changing, a reminder of who you are self-care.
Wink Naturals Self-Care Assessment Results
Earlier this year we sent out a small survey to mamas just like you (you might have been one of them) on how you practice self-care.
Here are some of the results we saw:
How Much Time Do You Spend on Self-Care?
48.9% of responders spent around 2-3 hours a week on self-care.
5.7% of responders spent around 8 hours+ a week on self-care.
And a small percentage who didn’t dedicate any time on self-care.
How Do You Practice Self-Care?
We had lots of amazing answers. Some top answers included:
- An uninterrupted shower (and possibly shaving).
- Getting a manicure/pedicure.
- Quiet time.
- A moment to take Zen Drops.
How Has Practicing Self-Care Helped You Become a Better Parent?
It helps me relax.
I’m more patient.
I have more energy to play.
It sets my mood for the day.
These were real responses from mamas like you. One uninterrupted shower can mean a day full of more patience. That’s pretty powerful!
10 Easy Habits to Start Practicing Self-Care Now
This is not a go big or go home situation. Creating realistic self-care habits can and should be micro behaviors that have macro results.
Here are 10 easy habits that can help you start practicing self-care right now.
- Set a bedtime. Kiddos and sleep are very unpredictable. It’s more likely that you will have control over your bedtime then you will over your wakeup time. Set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it. Prioritizing sleep is monumental to self-care.
- Drink more water. Staying properly hydrated helps fight fatigue, keeps you regular, and can clear your skin. No joke. Time to find yourself a cute water bottle!
- Be still. Find ONE minute, just one minute to be still. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting or standing or laying, just slow down and soak in a moment of stillness. It might be just what you need to calm down.
- Sing. I wanted to say laugh because laughing just puts anyone in a good mood. But you can’t force a laugh, at least I can’t! But you CAN force someone to sing :). Crank up the sound on your favorite song and sing your heart out. Maybe your kids will join in on the fun.
- Dream. Take a moment and daydream for yourself. Think of a goal you want to achieve. Or a new outfit you want to buy. You can do this in the carpool lane, while you nurse your baby, or while cooking dinner for the fam.
- Read. You can check this off your self-care list because you are reading RIGHT now. I’m not saying read a book (but if you have time, go for it!). Just find something that interests you and look for an article or even a quote! Short and sweet.
- Declutter. No need to go crazy with this one either. Pick different areas of your house and do it a little at a time. Sometimes so much “stuff” can add additional stress we didn’t even realize we were holding onto. Too many mismatched socks? Get rid of them and only keep what you love! You’ll feel the stress roll right off of you.
- Ask for help. Sometimes mamas want to do it all. But it’s okay to ask for help every now and then. Ask a friend, your spouse, a family member or a stranger (in certain circumstances) to help. Ever been solo on a flight with multiple kids? You might need to ask the stranger next to you to hold your baby while you chase your toddler.
- Set one beauty routine. Maybe your routine is to wash your face every night or put mascara on every morning. Choose one small routine that makes you feel like your best self.
- Be positive. Think good thoughts! Your thoughts become your actions. If you’re constantly a downer (in your thoughts) then that’s going to manifest in your outward mood.
Self-Care: A Reminder of Who You Are
It’s time for the nurturer to be nurtured. Take care of yourself and your kids might be surprised to see a new you.
Before you know it, it will be a new year and you will find yourself coming up with resolutions. Hopefully, you will put self-care on the list.
What’s your best self-care advice or routine?