Invest in self-care
Let’s talk about self care. The white elephant in the room for most mamas. But if you are one of the enlightened ones, you have realized that in order to be the best mom, you can be, you need to take care of yourself first. That’s right – I said it. Before your kids or your significant other. You need to take care of yourself first. I said it again (now if I would only listen to my own advice).
So what the heck does this mean. It means that you need to lead your best life, by focusing on the things that sustain you as a human being first. You also need to make time for the things/experiences that you bring happiness and joy.
Self Care and Sustanance
What do you need to sustain you?
1.You need to remember the importance of sleep.
I know it’s difficult for new moms with little ones (been there, done that). But I can’t stress the importance enough of taking naps, so you can be a functioning human. The laundry can wait and so can everything else. When your baby takes a nap, so should you. You’ll thank me for this later.
For moms with older children, try and commit to early bed times so that you can have better, longer sleep. If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend Arianna Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
Once you decide on committing to good sleep, I definitely suggest investing in a couple things to achieve your goal:
- Buy a good pillow. Even if it’s expensive, it’s worth it. I just bought the Bio-Soy pillow and can honestly say that I have never slept better
- Take a bath before bed to relax (make the time). Indulge in bubble bath. I have my favorites including Live Clean’s new Aromatherapy line.
They have a delicious scent called Tropical Coconut. Live Clean products are eco-friendly, hypoallergenic and vegan. You must try. I in fact love every single product in their line, from baby shampoo to their facial wipes. I also recently discovered The Honest Company Bubble Bath, Dreamy Lavender which really takes relaxation to the next level.
- Listen to calm and relaxing music before bed. My playlist usually includes a little Enya, Dido, and Deep Forrest to name a few.
2. Take Vitamins (daily)
It’s so important to take care of yourself in this department. You can consult a naturopathic doctor to find out where you might have deficiencies. They can help prescribe what to take for such things as lack of energy or weakened immunity for example. My vitamin regime includes Calcium with Magnesium, Vitamin D, and a probiotic – I am sure I am missing a vitamin or two. I notice a difference in my energy levels when I miss taking my vitamins for a day.
3. Drink lots of water
It’s true. Water is necessary for survival and for so many other reasons. I’ll just leave that there.
Have you tried ZeroWater ? It’s amazing water filtration system that makes water tastes so much better.
4. Schedule doctor and dentist appointments
I know you are the family scheduler in the household. Am I right? In addition to booking your kids and husband’s appointments, have you made an appointment for yourself to see the doctor or dentist?
Self care and happiness
Happiness is just as important as sustenance. What do you do on a daily, weekly, monthly basis to make yourself happy?
5. You deserve a spa day
I strongly recommend treating yourself to the spa a couple times a year. I love the Milcroft Inn and Spa. Every mom needs time to unplug and indulge in a massage or facial. You deserve it.
6.Bring the spa to your home
Don’t have time or the finances to go to the spa as much as you’d like to? Bring the spa to you. I am such a big fan of Live Clean products. As mentioned, they have a new line of Aromatherapy products, moisturizing body butters, body scrubs and dead sea salts. I have never experienced such a relaxing and intoxicating bath. You don’t have to spend a fortune and you can bring the spa to your home, every night!
7. Get your hair or make-up done
If you want to feel good, make yourself look good. I’ll take a page out of my grandmother’s book. Even into her nineties, my grandmother would get her hair done, put on lipstick and do her nails. Truly an inspiration.
8. Get Social
Go out. Surround yourself with like-minded people (away from the kids). Whether that is going to an exercise class once or twice a week, having coffee with a friend or better yet, book a date night with your significant other. It’s a must!
Isn’t time you invested in self-care?