5 Self-Care Habits to Practice Everyday
Angie is a stay at home mom to her three-year-old daughter, Emma. She is also a food blogger and runs thepeacheepear.com where she shares healthy recipes. You can find anything from family meals, breakfast ideas, sweets and treats, finger foods, baby purées and more. She strives to instill a healthy and balanced lifestyle in her daughter. She hopes to inspire other moms to lead a healthy life as well as help them simplify it. You can also find her on Instagram at @thepeacheepear.
If I were to think of one word to describe Mothers, I would without hesitation choose 'giving'! As mothers, that’s all we do. We give, give, and give without expecting anything in return. The truth is, that’s just our nature. To give the best of us just to see our loved ones smile. To get those unconditional hugs, kisses and I love you’s. All the hard work and sacrifice is well worth it to just see our kids, our significant other, even our fur babies happy.
These things can be different for everyone, but I’ve found a few things that I can easily do on a daily basis. They make a huge difference in how I feel and how I get back to 100% when I’m feeling like I need a 14-hour nap!
1. Wake up before your family does:
On days when I sleep through my alarm and wake up at the same time as they do, it completely throws my day off. I feel rushed, disorganized, I run late, and my day starts off on the wrong foot. It just isn’t the same.
2. Plan an exercise routine and stick to it:
I'm a gym person mainly because even before becoming a mom, I’ve always worked out at a gym. But now that I’m a stay at home mom, it’s also a great way to get out of the house and be in a different environment. Sweating helps me clear my head and feel refreshed.
3. Plan and pack your lunches ahead of time; even if you’re a stay at home mom:
While we’re making sure our loved ones are getting all the meals they need we often forget to even feed ourselves. Especially when we’re home alone with little ones. Raise your hand if your lunch has ever been your child’s leftovers? Yup we’ve all been there!
Getting nutrient dense meals is also essential for moms. That’s why it’s important that you prepare lunch for yourself too.
I’m a stay at home mom and I pack lunches for my husband and daughter every day. I also like to pack one for myself; especially on days I know I’ll be running errands and getting home in time for lunch. Having a lunch packed in the fridge ready to-go helps me have a well-balanced meal rather than putting something random together.
I use my Bentgo lunchboxes to help me meal prep my families lunches as well as my own. This not only helps me ensure that I’m eating a healthy and nutritious lunch, but also that I’m eating at a reasonable time. I can’t count how many times I’ve wondered why I was so hungry. Then realized it was past 2 pm and never ate lunch. So now I use our lovely Bentgo Fresh Prep Pack to plan my own lunches ahead and make sure I don’t skip a meal.
4. Take a small afternoon break by yourself:
Take advantage of nap time or get up from your desk and go get a coffee or tea. Indulge with a treat while the kids are playing or watching tv. Take a few minutes to go outside and read a book or a magazine.
Keeping your mind away from your to-do list or afternoon tasks can help you feel reenergized. Ready to tackle those afternoon chores, commute, homework, dinner, baths, bedtime and everything in between!
5. Keep a gratitude journal:
A gratitude journal is simply a journal where you write what you’re grateful for. It’s a way to view things in a positive way and concentrate on the things that you have in your life that make it complete, rather than focusing on what you don’t have or what you wish you had.
I usually take sometime before I go to bed to write in my journal. I write a recap of what I got done in the day no matter how small it may seem. I make notes of what I was grateful for that day, for example, the health of my family and myself, our home, another day to live, etc.
Doing this has helped me greatly since it allows me to see how much I actually do in a day. I typically have a to-do list and a lot of times I can barely get through one item on it. This would give me major anxiety and feel like I failed that day.
Writing the things I did in my journal shows that even if I didn’t finish certain items on my to-do list, it was because other things came up that needed my care. For instance, my daughter woke up sick that day and I took care of her. I’m grateful that I get to be home with her and be there for her when she needs her mom the most. My to-do list can wait until she feels better.
Start with one or a couple of these and make them a habit. To start off, pick one or two of these habits and start practicing them. This will make it less overwhelming at the beginning while you make them part of your daily routine.
Self-care is extremely important and any small way you can incorporate it in your daily life will make a huge difference in your overall health and well-being.
Share self-care with all the other mamas in your life this Mother’s Day
This weekend is Mother’s Day and what better time to start practicing self-care than this special day dedicated to mom.
Share this with the mamas in your life to inspire them to start their own self-care routine. Spread the self-care love and make some time for yourself this weekend. Not just this weekend though. Everyday! Because moms deserve to be celebrated every single day!