As parents, we are constantly taking care of everyone else in our home. It’s very easy to forget about self-care during the seamlessly overwhelming day-to-day rush. We get caught up preparing meals, doing endless amounts of laundry, making sure our children are happy, and checking off everything else on our to-do lists. I will admit- I’m terrible at taking time for myself and then I get so burnt out and everything else I have to do suffers for it. After all, how can I give everything and everyone else 100% of me if my batteries are running low? The fact of the matter is- I cannot.
Self-care does not have to be a day trip to the spa or an afternoon out of the house. We all know how few and far between those days can be and how difficult it can be to find the extra time in the day! Here are 6 simple ways to take care of yourself:
Take a bath. This may be difficult to do without a tiny human joining you so I would suggest to wait until after bedtime or when your partner is available to keep the little ones entertained. Use a bath bomb. Light a candle. Put on some music and enjoy a “mama’s sippy cup” filled with your favorite wine. Relax- you deserve it! You could even stretch that bath out a little longer by putting on a face mask and shaving your legs; I know I always feel like I’ve REALLY pampered myself after shaving my legs!
Watch some Netflix. Find a series on tv to watch just for you. I always try to find some time of the day to watch something grown-up because I’m usually stuck watching Elmo, Daniel Tiger, and Bubble Guppies! My current fav is to watch “Friends” since it’s a shorter show. I get my adult show fix without having to stay up too much later than the kids!
Buy yourself something. Sure, we try to tell ourselves that things for the baby are for us. I know I have a hard time spending money on myself but have no problem buying the new exclusive cloth diapers! The Spring Mystery Box was curated with you in mind! For $19.99, you can buy a box full of goodies just for you! Trust me- it’s worth it. Buy the diaper bag. Buy the mystery box. Buy your favorite candle. Spend just a tad bit of money on YOU.
Run errands alone. I know this isn’t possible for everyone and for some, maybe this is the only time you get to be alone. I love going to the grocery store by myself. And to be honest, I take twice as long as when I have the kids! I soak up that time, breathing in the fresh Target air, flipping through the magazines, going down every aisle…. It’s amazing how happy a few errands can make you feel when you’re not struggling with a toddler!
Go to MommyCon! As someone that has been to MommyCon multiple times as an attendee, I can truly say that taking a day (or a weekend!) to go to MommyCon truly does make me happy. And it really fills up my self-care battery! Sure, I feel tired afterwards, but I also feel happy that I got a day out of the house with like-minded moms and found my village.
In this circumstance, this is one of those self-care things I can do with my toddler or other kids in tow. Because everyone is welcome at MommyCon, there’s no need to find a babysitter unless of course you want to enjoy it alone!
Wake up early or stay up late. Waking up before everyone else in the house can give you a few minutes of uninterrupted coffee time. Staying up late can give you some time to drink that glass of wine. Whether you’re a morning person or night owl- take that extra time by yourself. Sneak in a bite of cake. Open up that candy bar. But of course, you may want to take those outside since it seems kids can hear any kind of wrapper opening!
Basically, what I’m trying to say is…..
Whatever your mood is; whatever your personality is; don’t forget to take care of yourself. Self-care is extremely important for your body, mind, and soul. Forgetting about self-care can make you impatient with your kids, your partner and yourself. Help yourself be the best you that you can be by making self-care a priority. It may be a pain in the butt to work in that extra time or to fit it into your daily routine, but in the long run, you will thank yourself. Maybe you won’t be as tired. Maybe you won’t be so touched out. Maybe, just maybe, it will improve your overall outlook on life.