As Moms, it’s basically impossible to get a quiet moment to ourselves. Because, I mean, come on… we’re spending the entire day catering to a tiny version of ourselves who keeps yelling at us for snacks. I can’t count how many times a day I hear “more peaches, PLEASE!”, or “I want rice cake, PLEASE!” (at least he has manners, right?) And at the end of the night, when they’re finally asleep and the house is quiet, you just want to crawl into bed and sleep until it starts over again in the morning. But half the time, there’s laundry to be put away, dishes to be washed, and messes to clean up. Motherhood is the most exhausting yet rewarding job of all time.
I wouldn’t have it any other way, though. As a Stay at Home Mom, I spend nearly every waking moment with my son, and I love it. Honestly, I can’t get enough of him. However, I do think that’s 100% due to the fact that I regularly practice self-care. Before I started a self-care routine, I was sluggish, I rarely found joy in the day to day, and I couldn’t wait until the day was over. Self-Care has helped me to freak/stress out less and laugh more. I’ve put together a list of 10 Daily Self-Care Tips for Moms that I think are relatively easy to put into practice every day. Start off adding one or two of these tips, like using AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash and AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel during a nice relaxing bath, and see what happens.
If I can do it, y’all can do it!
1. BEGIN EACH DAY WITH INTENTION
I’ve found that when I start my day with clear intention it greatly improves my mood and the overall flow of the day. Whether you take take 20 minutes in the morning or 5 (let’s be honest, it’ll probably be 5) give yourself this time before your feet even hit the floor. Take a few big deep breaths. You can meditate, pray alone or with your spouse, jot some thoughts down in a journal, or even do some light stretching/yoga…whatever floats your boat. Follow that with some water with lemon, a green smoothie or your morning coffee. How you spend those first few minutes in the morning will set the tone for the day.
2. NOURISH YOUR BODY WELL
We typically focus on our child’s nutrition and put them first, but it’s important to keep your body nourished as well. It’s also a great way for your children to see that you have a healthy relationship with food. Putting good foods into your body daily will keep your body fueled properly. I know that I tend to feel super sluggish after over indulging in a really unhealthy meal. Try replacing your soda with water, cooking more meals at home from scratch, and trying new and exciting recipes every week. I also make it a point to meal plan weekly, as well as keep healthy snacks for us on hand during the week…that way, we’re more inclined to make better choices.
3. GO OUTSIDE
Go outside! Breathe in that fresh air and get some Vitamin D. You (and your children) can get out some energy and enjoy being active together. Grab their favorite toys, a ball, some bubbles, or even some sidewalk chalk and spend 20-30 minutes outside each day. Even taking a walk around the block in the mornings just to get your body moving.
4. LET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOW
Do something that feeds your creative side. Whether it’s trying a new recipe, crafting, gardening, writing—whatever hobby that you enjoy. With pretty much all of these, it’s really easy to involve your children as well, so that you can enjoy it together. My son and I like to color in coloring books together, and he also likes helping me in the kitchen when I make cookies.
5. RECHARGE AT NAP TIME
If you’re lucky enough to have a child who still takes naps, take advantage of that! Even if it’s just resting on the couch for 15-20 minutes to recharge your mind and body–do that! Unless I have something important going on that day, I nap with my son every single day. I tend to wake up 30-45 minutes before him and I take that time to start a load of laundry, make sure I’ve eaten lunch, and get his afternoon snack ready. Taking naps during the day also ensures that you have enough energy to keep going until bed time (or, if you’re like I am, way after bed time).
6. CUT YOUR TO-DO LIST IN HALF
One big lesson that I’ve learned in the last 2 and a half years of being a stay at home wife and mom is that not everything has to get done in a single day. I’m still working on this…since I’ve always been a “right now” person. When I want something done, typically I’ve always needed it done right then and there. I have to-do lists each day, and they never get completely finished. That’s okay! Get your laundry done one day and put it away the next, clean one room today and one tomorrow, schedule certain chores for certain days each week. Minimize your to-do list and your stress this way. Your soul (and your family) will thank you for it.
7. LISTEN TO YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC–DANCE!
Music always makes me feel good. If I don’t have music on, I’m singing something. My son and I regularly stop during our day for Dance Breaks. Sure, sometimes we look silly, but it keeps both of us laughing and moving our bodies. It’s also a great way to teach your children some sweet dance moves.
8. INDULGE DURING BATH + SHOWER TIME
I’ve been a night shower taker for as long as I can remember, it’s just always something that I’ve done. Even more so now, as a Mom, I look forward to that quiet time to myself each night. Typically, I treat it like a nightly spa experience. I have time to sit with purple conditioner on my hair (blonde hair is a lot of work, you guys), shave my legs, and keep myself from developing a smell. There’s something about being clean and having smooth legs that just, as a woman, makes you feel like a million bucks.
Lately, I’ve been using AVEENO® products because I love how gentle they are on my sensitive skin. My favorite products for daily/weekly use are the AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash and the AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel.
AVEENO® Skin Relief Body Wash is my go-to daily body wash because it is hypoallergenic, dye-free, and extremely gentle on my sensitive skin. I love it because even though it’s gentle enough for daily use, it works great at cleansing my skin while keeping it moisturized and looking healthy.
AVEENO® POSITIVELY SMOOTH® Shave Gel is specifically formulated to help you shave less often, which is great for us Moms who don’t always have time to shave every day. I know that I don’t always keep up with shaving my legs daily, does anyone? So, being able to go a little longer between shaves is ideal and convenient. My husband probably appreciates it. The secret is a combination of ingredients (natural soy extract, oat, aloe, vitamins E and skin conditioners) which have been shown to minimize the reappearance of unwanted hair with continued use. I love the way that this gel lathers, the scent is light but very pleasant, and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin.
9. DO SOMETHING JUST FOR YOU
This is hands down the most difficult self care practice to remember to do, but make it a priority each day to do something just for you. I like to keep a good book on my nightstand, and instead of browsing social media at night when I’m winding down, I will read. Until recently, it was rare that I read for pleasure. I enjoy diving deep into any kind of fiction novels, but I also love reading books on relationships, marriage, and parenting. Although I haven’t done it in a while, I sometimes like to listen to my favorite station on Pandora while I paint my nails and toe nails. You could also use this time to binge on an episode or two of your favorite TV show, or that movie you’ve been meaning to check out.
10. MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY
I know that once you get your children down, your mind can start to race and go over each thing that you didn’t get done and should get done before you go to sleep, but stop! Lack of sleep can have so many adverse reactions on your body physically and mentally, and after a while it starts to take a toll. I try to not be awake longer than two hours after my son goes to sleep. My sheets are washed at least once a week, and I use my favorite fabric softener so that my bed always feels relaxing and welcoming. Try dabbing some lavender essential oils on your pillow to help you fall asleep quickly.
Of course, some of these Self-Care Tips may not work for you…everyone’s schedules and lives are so different. Pick one that sounds manageable and try adding it to your routine tomorrow. You can also create some of your own tips and tricks for self-care and add those to your day. Self-Care is so incredibly important, not just for Moms but for everyone. Find a routine that works for you and your family and stick with it. Everyone can and will benefit from it.
What are some of your favorite self-care tips? I would love to hear them!