Hello ModishMommies! It’s Kaya and I’m back for another edition of Mental Health Monday’s: Mindfull considerations for working moms! Today I want to talk about self-care. As a busy mom constantly worrying about meeting everyone else’s needs, I often times forget about my own needs. This can quickly become problematic because you can only be as helpful to others, as you are to yourself. A typical day for me means working at my full-time job, rushing from work to pick up my babies from daycare, and hurrying home. Once at home, the race continues to make sure that everyone has dinner, a bath, and off to bed within about a 1.5 to 2 hour time frame (a pretty impressive feat with two babies under the age of three!). There is no time for me to rest in between and I am literally busy from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed. This can be very exhausting and the physical toll is evident because once my head hits my pillow at bedtime it takes very little time for me to fall asleep. I’m sure that this sounds familiar to many of you and you likely have your own unique and demanding schedules as well.
However, these are the lives that we working moms live and love. We can and must handle it all! With that being said, it’s easier to handle it if we build in time to take care of ourselves. What do you do for yourself that gives you a “boost?” Self-care is one important way to give you the “boost” you need to keep up with the demands of life. Psychcentral.com defines self-care as any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs, so you definitely need and deserve a little self-care to keep you going. There are endless ways to incorporate self-care into your life. It all depends on what makes you feel like you’ve reenergized yourself and gotten some relief. Examples of self-care activities include but are not limited to: going to the gym, catching a movie, reading a book, giving yourself a facial, going for a walk, making time to call a supportive friend or relative, and writing in a journal. Personally, I like to get a pedicure or read after a very long day. Reading gives me the boost of self-care that I need and some time to slow down and mentally step away from my busy life and recharge. I enjoy pedicures because I feel pampered and enjoy talking with my nail technician while having some time to myself. Self-care is most helpful when incorporated into your life on a regular basis. Whether that means weekly, monthly, or daily etc. all depends on what’s most helpful to you. Do you incorporate self-care into your life on a regular basis? If so, what do you do to get your “boost”?
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