Between managing a career and caring for a family, it can be easy for moms to let self-care fall by the wayside. While it is natural to want to put your family and career ahead of your own needs as an individual, there are many reasons to make self-care a priority.
It might seem like pushing self-care to the side is saving you time and making it easier to manage your obligations, but it will catch up to you eventually. Whether it is health issues or mental burn out, a lack of caring for your self will make it difficult for you to be at your best as you tackle the challenges of parenthood and work.
Fortunately, self-care is not as difficult as it may seem. The following are a few simple self-care tips to help busy moms.
Start Eating Healthy
Just as it is important to make sure your children eat healthy, it is equally important to provide yourself with a healthy diet. Beyond doing what is right for your own health, your eating habits can have an impact on your children. As their mother, you are their role model; when they see you eating right, they will be more likely to want to follow suit. Even something as easy as preparing simple vegetarian meals can go a long way for your kids in terms of their diet and behavior.
Try to cook more of your own meals and set aside time to have dinner as a family as often as you can. When you are making your own food and eating together, it will be easier for the whole family to improve their diet.
Regular exercise is one of the fundamentals of self-care. If you are just getting started with exercise, you could plan a home workout routine that will help you get in shape. If you’re already exercising but want to make things more interesting, you could look for ways to make your workout more fun. Listening to music is a great way to add some fun to your exercise routine. You could also take up a sport or partner with a friend that wants to get in shape as well.
Recognize the Importance of Sleep
Sleep can often seem expendable for a busy mother that is trying to balance the needs of a family with the demands of a career. While going to bed late and waking up early can be a way to add some time to your schedule, it also puts you at risk for a variety of health concerns.
It’s important to be at your best and stay healthy, and to do so, you need to get enough sleep. If you are having trouble getting to sleep at night, you should create a bedtime routine to help you unwind and get to sleep on time.
Make Healthcare a Priority
You make sure your kids get all of their annual checkups and regular dentists appointments, which is something you also need to do for yourself. Don’t let your busy life be an excuse to skip doctor’s appointments and checkups. Set appointments for your annual checkup and for the dentist ahead of time and make sure to follow through on showing up for the appointment.
Maintain Personal Connections
It is understandable for a busy mother to want to focus all of her free time on her children, but you need to maintain connections with other adults. Along with setting aside time for your friends and family, you also need to focus on maintaining a connection with your partner. Plan to have people over for dinner, set aside time for a date night, and have friends bring their kids over so you can all spend time together.
Have Some Time for Yourself
While time with your kids and time maintaining personal connections is important, you can’t forget about having some alone time. Taking up a hobby can be a great way to do something that is just for you. You could also spend some time reading or writing in a journal at the end of a busy day. Exercising is another way to get some time to yourself.
When you neglect self-care, it adds up over time. Before long, it will get harder for you to maintain the obligations of being a mother and a professional. By using these tips, you’ll not only be better for yourself, you will also be better for all of the people who depend on you.
About the Author: Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing about kids health, of course.