Now I get it. There are approximately 10,002 “Self care ideas for moms” on Pinterest and Google. You’ve probably read every one of them. Whether you’re a new mother, covered in baby spitup with “Twinkle Twinkle” as an earworm.
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Or this isn’t your first rodeo, and you remember the original yellow Wiggle and think he’d look pretty silly in a skirt. Point is, you’ve read it all.
Here’s twelve ideas to help you get some you time.
As cliche as it may be, you need time out to look after your babies.
When I started blogging one of the first posts I ever wrote (over on my Facebook) happened to be a tongue in cheek one on self care. This was written back in a time where I couldn’t fathom having a spare second to take shower by myself, let alone read a book!
As my baby has left the fourth trimester and slightly less needing of her mama to get off to sleep I’ve found myself, most days, with a predictable half hour. In that half-hour I decided to dedicate it to self-care.
I will admit that most days it is a conscious choice I have to make between “me time” and household maintenance or life admin.
There’s a point to be made for cleaning as a form of self-care. Sometimes our mental health just needs that clean space. I know that my mind can’t function in a house that I deem to be chaotic.
However, if there’s a point where you’re scrubbing the grout with a toothbrush in an effort to see your reflection it may be time to scale back.
If you’re scrubbing the grout with a toothbrush, girl stop.
Self care ideas for moms
1. Get a power nap in
Get your nap on if you can!
I used to suffer extreme guilt for napping while my baby did.
Having a toddler who I swear must be being paid off by sleep deprivation scientists, I now laugh bitterly at the memory of old me. What poor judgement I had. The fool!
2. Listen to a mentally recharging podcast
Podcasts are literally my jam. If I was still the kind of girl to go clubbing this meme would be 100% me.
3. Make and eat a nutritious a snack
Refuelling you body with comforting nutritious food is important for feeling good.
4. Read a chapter of a book
Or three chapters, or a magazine. I’m not policing you.
5. Catch up on some recent blog posts
Or start your own blog! Suzi Whitford’s Blog By Number is a SUPER popular ebook.
You’ve probably seen it that you may have seen floating around the internet. For the price of a few coffees, Suzi teaches mothers the actionable steps they have to take to start a blog. Check it out HERE or click the image.
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6. Go on a Youtube watching spree
Watch a family of 7 in the Netherlands and their morning routine.
Get your ASMR on.
Find all the old theme songs to 90’s kids’ shows and sit in a pile of nostalgia.
7. Do a little baking
Or a lot of baking. Maybe meal prep if you can. Make brownies for “future you”.
Now that’s self care.
8. Sit outside with a cuppa
This tip is mostly for sunny days. Of course you can always pack an umbrella!
9. Connect with your “village”
If it’s during nap time then reaching out will most likely be through text or phone. Usually, that’s just what you need as a change of pace from the consuming nature of parenting. That pause can be a bit of grace in an otherwise hectic day.
10. Do some stretches or yoga
Or bring out the kettlebells and get sweating, if that’s more your speed. (It’s not mine, I’ll admit that). I’m a big believer in getting outside every day as a remedy to the “witching hour”. However indoor exercise can be just as helpful.
11. Hop in the bath or shower
“If they’re cranky, put them in water” is a piece of advice I see all over the Internet for babies. It applies to adults too in my opinion. Grab a shower if you can.
12. Journal or blog
Bullet journalling, planning, scheduling, diary entries, blogging or gratitude journaling, it’s all spending time on you.
Like I said above, the benefits of self care for mums are touted and shouted all over the place. You’re forgiven for rolling your eyes if you’re thinking “please, I can’t even squeeze an extra blink into the day”.
Try just 5 minutes. Making a five minute commitment to yourself can set up your day for the better and have a butterfly effect on the rest of the day.
This Anxious Mum