Self-care is not an option for moms. We’re busier more than ever. We take care of our families and everyone else. However, we neglect to pamper ourselves. I haven’t always been conscious of pampering myself because my mindset was, “If I don’t take care of dinner, who will?” Do you feel me?
Last year, I decided that it was time to add some “me” time into my schedule and realized that my family will be okay without me for a few hours or even a day. I’ve found that after I schedule my self-care routine, I feel energized and refreshed. Everyone’s idea will look different, but scheduling time for yourself is healthy and should not be an option. If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?
Here are a few practical self-care ideas that you can begin to implement immediately.
1. Take time to meditate and pray.
Having a prayer journal or devotional is great. A daily life of prayer is crucial for me. It sets the course for my day. Here’s one of my favorite devotionals. This devotional was written by a good friend, Dr. Lavinia Marshall. You won’t be disappointed in its content.
2. Take a walk.
You’ll be amazed at what a walk can do for you. Even a short walk in your neighborhood is a time just for you. Fresh air does something to your mindset.
3. Call up a girlfriend and have a girl’s night out.
I recently enjoyed a mom’s night out with some friends and it felt good just to have some adult conversations without my son.
4. Go to the movies – Alone.
This may sound corny to some, but I love going to the movies by myself. You’re still being entertained but in a different way.
5. Treat yourself to a manicure or pedicure.
Who doesn’t love a good manicure or pedicure?
6. Plan an entire day for yourself.
Get your family on board with this idea. Create some excitement with it. Help your children to understand how important it is for you to have some special time to yourself. I use this statements with my son. “When mommy has her time, you can have some special time with daddy.” It gets him every time.
7. Take a staycation in your city.
There are always good deals on hotels, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of just one night alone. Use that time to catch up on your favorite book or just relax.
8. Schedule a spa treatment.
If I had it my way, I would schedule a spa treatment at least once a week. If it’s not possible to venture out for a spa treatment, why not have one at home? Here are a few items that would be great for an in-home spa treatment.
9. Laugh a little.
According to Helpguide.org, laughter has many benefits. It creates endorphins for your body.
10. Change up your routine.
Changing up your daily or weekly routine creates excitement for the unexpected.
Do you have any favorite self-care ideas? I would love to hear them.