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Self-care for busy mothers can be hard. Keeping up with our personal and professional lives as well as keeping our tiny humans safe and healthy, our mental, physical and spiritual upkeep can take a back seat. Consequently, we then find ourselves stuck in a vicious cycle of self-neglect that is hard to recognize until we become irritable, depressed, or can barely recognize who we are.
Motherhood is truly unique for each woman who experiences it. Being a busy mother is not an exclusive title for those who are in the workforce, have multiple children, or homemakers. At some point in our motherhood journey we all will find ourselves too busy to put ourselves and our health to the forefront of our priorities.
To make sure all of us mommas are taking some time out of our busy day for ourselves, I put together a list of 4 things you can do RIGHT NOW to show your body and your mind some much needed love. These self-care methods can be done when you get a few minutes alone, if you are taking care of baby or can manage to multitask.
Check out the 4 top tips to quickly add in self-care for busy mothers below!
#1. Deep Breathing
One way to cater to one’s self-care is by meditating. We busy mommas have little to no time to develop or maintain a consistent meditation routine. We can still get some of the amazing effects of meditation by implementing deep breathing techniques into our busy schedules. Deep breathing can help you better manage stress, relieve fatigue and reduce hypertension; all things us mommas know and feel all too often.
Saying the effects of deep breathing are immediate will be a little misleading. But, I will say that deep breathing works well when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed with motherly responsibilities, a crying baby, and/or a partner who just doesn’t get it.
If you are new to deep breathing exercises and have no idea where to start, try the 4-7-8 relaxation method. All you’ll have to do to accomplish this exercise is: breath in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, and exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat this cycle 4 more times.
#2. Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations are a great way to quickly incorporate self-care for busy mothers. Affirmations challenge the self-doubt, negative thoughts and low self-esteem that can come along with motherhood. Being a momma, we might forget to speak good things unto ourselves because we are too busy keeping our little ones and loved ones happy, healthy and satisfied.
The amount of encouragement we need as mothers cannot just come from outside sources. To ensure that we are getting the genuine love and support we truly need to keep our mental state healthy, it needs to come from within. It is a good thing positive affirmations can be done in a variety of ways that take no time at all.
If you find yourself with more time on your hands than usual, use positive affirmations to write yourself a short little love note with 3-5 things that will make you feel good about yourself. If you are on the go or in between errands, speak those good things out loud and manifest the good feelings you want to feel.
Not sure what type of loving words to start with? No problem, check out the two post below for a better idea:
#3. Make a glass of tea or warm lemon or lime water
The way we start our mornings can sometimes determine the outcome of our entire day. Why not start your day with some self-care and self-love by drinking a glass of warm water with lemon or lime wedges. Drinking lemon/lime water first thing in the morning is great for the digestive system and helps to detoxify the body. Do this before you eat or drink anything to start your day off right.
To prioritize self-care throughout your busy day, try making a cup of tea. Making and enjoying tea can be done when you are in a hurry or have a little down time. Here are a few of my favorite items to enjoy tea at home and on the go:
For a sustainable way to make just one cup of loose leaf tea : Silicone Tea Infusers
The best way to enjoy or share multiple cups of loose leaf tea: Primula Half Moon Teapot
For a calming berry or lemon tea that also increases breast milk supply: MilkMakers Lactation Tea
A stylish flask to keep your tea warm on the go: Teabloom All-Purpose Beverage Tumbler
Being a busy mother, we usually open our eyes in the morning and hit the ground running. Starting your day with warm citrus water and continuing with tea throughout the day can help create habits of self-care. You aren’t only creating a habit of thinking of yourself, you are also prioritizing your health. I know it’s not the coffee or wine we’d all prefer. But trust me mama, warm lemon water and tea will have you totally zen amongst the chaos.
**If you are breastfeeding or pregnant be sure to check if there are certain teas and herbs you should avoid
#4. Socialize / Call a Friend
Remember what it felt like to talk to someone who can actually respond with complete sentences? Yeah, me neither. Just because you are a mother doesn’t mean you don’t get to have a life outside of your parental life and children. A simple way to practice self-care when you are a busy momma is to socialize.
A perfect way to keep yourself social during this isolating time is to phone a friend. Talking to those you love, and trust doesn’t just feel good for any ole’ reason; there’s actually a legit explanation for it. Laughing releases endorphins and talking to your friends can release dopamine.
Talking to a friend can be done while you are doing literally anything. Put them on speaker or pop in your head-phones if you have some time to yourself without baby. If you happen to have more time on your hands, Face Time a friend or a group of friends to release even more of the good stuff.
Finally, you can take it a step further, momma, and, join a motherhood group. Groups put together for mothers, by mothers, tend to have activities that both you and baby can enjoy. Doing this will give baby the much needed play time you would’ve had to set aside time for anyway. You will also get the time to socialize with other woman who totally get it.
That’s it, momma, those are the top 4 fastest ways to prioritize self-care for busy mothers. I hope you are able to incorporate them into your day to prioritize your-self and your needs. While it isn’t the strict, regimented self-care routine we all wish we had, it is a start. And well, we all have to start somewhere. So, try one or all of these out and celebrate the small victories because you not only kept you and your little one safe and alive today, you loved and cared for yourself while doing so. That’s pretty bad ass.
Drop a comment below and tell me of any self-care methods you already do or plan to do in the future. Also, feel free to share any tips and tricks you may have regarding self-care for busy mothers.