Mothers are multi-taskers. Sometimes they do the job so well that young and new mothers feel unsure of themselves, not knowing every mum is only doing the best they can and it’s probably because they have been doing it for some time.
Knowing how busy mums can be, it’s important for mothers to sometimes slow down and take some time out to pamper themselves and practice some self-care. Fathers should take note and help out too!
Here are a few ways for mums to practice self-care:
1. Keep it moving
Exercising is also part of a self-care routine. Our mobility decreases if we sit around too much so it’s important to keep the joints moving and lubricated. Try out new classes, sign up for a short marathon or just dance around at home with the kids. In fact, why not take the kids to gym classes as well? That way you get to kill two birds with one stone!
2. Nourish yourself too
Mothers put their family’s needs first so much that they sometimes forget to look after themselves. Yes, it’s important to ensure everyone in the family gets good nutrition but it’s also important for mothers to nourish themselves well since they are taking on varied responsibilities. When kids see their mums practice good self-care, they will follow her footsteps when they grow older.
3. Make time to connect with other adults
Mums seem to run on a tight schedule. After school, it’s time for lunch, then tuition classes, then dinner, then schoolwork, then bedtime. And it repeats all over the next day. Something similar happens to working mums as well. To maintain some sanity, try to schedule a date night or meet up with friends during the weekend. Make it a point to connect with other adults. It also helps to strike up a conversation with your child’s schoolmate’s parents.
4. Listen to your body
Don’t ignore health warnings from the body until it’s too late. Schedule and remember health appointments, tests, mammograms, pap smears, flu shots and even vision screening. Also, don’t forget your dental health. A way to remember this is to have it checked is to schedule your appointment the same day as your child’s!
5. You need sleep too
Mums are already so busy so it’s just not a good idea if mums do not get enough sleep! Sleep is important for the body and brain to repair and rest. According to research, people who consistently sleep less than six hours experience increased appetite and that will lead to weight gain. Lack of sleep also increases the chances of depression, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
6. Keep yourself present
Before mums reach the point where they wonder where the years have gone, it’s a good idea to pursue some hobbies or activities that they like to do. For mums who have left the workforce, it also helps to keep up-to-date with the industry trends. Having a hobby is good for mums because it’s an activity that doesn’t involve or revolve around kids. It’s ok to break away from the children once in a while.
7. Never feel guilty for pampering yourself
Alas, mums often don’t give themselves downtime because they either don’t think they deserve it or are worried that others show their disapproval. However, mothers shouldn’t feel guilty for taking some time off to focus only on themselves. Before mums can care well for the family, they have to be cared well themselves too!
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