There’s no question that being a mom can be stressful and a lot of work. All that struggle with work-family balance coupled with the “mom guilt” and endless multi-tasking is enough to drive anyone crazy, but it’s what a regular busy mom has to deal with for years.
Unsurprisingly, many moms are struggling with emotional and physical issues, such as anxiety, anger, fatigue, weight gain and distractibility. Luckily, by improving your personal care habits, you can improve your life, and become a healthier, happier and more efficient mom.
This article presents to you the top five tips to help you start the process successfully.
Create a personal care basket
As a mom, you may often miss self-care because you don’t have a list of things prepared to implement when you find a break. As a result, you find yourself doing the things you’re used to, such as scrolling through a social media feed, or doing another chore just to reduce the workload.
It’s important to have a list of items that you can engage in to find a sense of calmness each time you need to take a break, and you can do that by creating a DIY self-care kit. Some of the items you can include in the kit include the following:
- Write a journal
- Have a cup of coffee
- Listen to music
- Color a few pages
- Read a book
Look for items that you find relaxing and add them to your personal care basket.
Too busy to prepare your own personal care basket?
If you’re too busy with other pregnancy-related tasks and don’t have time to create your personal care basket, you can purchase a ready-made one. But where can you buy a personal self-care kit? Ready-made pregnancy self-care kits are available online and in physical stores.
A pregnancy self care kit may include flower essence, belly oil, herbal tea, bath soak, etc. Check their benefits below.
- Flower Essence
Pregnant women can take a few drops of flower essence sublingually or under the tongue to increase energy and calm the mind. It helps reduce pregnancy stress-related signs and symptoms, such as irritability, nausea, vomiting, and headache.
- Herbal Teas
Herbal teas are perfect for pregnant women because they’re rich in antioxidants. Herbal teas can help nourish the skin and reduce stress. For instance, drinking chamomile can help you stay hydrated and feel better from your pregnancy symptoms.
- Bath Soaks
Many expectant mothers also find bath soaks very rejuvenating. A relaxing soak in the bathtub can soothe tired muscles and is good for the skin. Using bath soaks during your tub relaxation can help ease pregnancy aches, especially back pain. Moreover, bath soaks detoxify the body and relieve swelling, especially swelling of the lower extremities for many pregnant women.
Improve your diet
Mothers tend to put their kids and families first. They make sure everyone is well nourished, but give little attention to their own nutritional needs. If you want to be more efficient at taking care of your family, improve your mental and physical health, and boost your mood, you need to make sure you are receiving the best nourishment.
Make sure you’re eating at least three meals in a day. Switch to a vegan diet once a week if you like. Drink more water and reduce your sugar intake. Look for quick, easy and healthy meals online, prepare them in advance, and make sure you’re eating as much as the rest of your family. Whatever you do, make sure you’re having the best nutrition you can get.
Get some exercise
Exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen your body, get leaner, improve your mental health and improve your mood. Unfortunately it’s not easy for a busy mom to stick to a standard workout routine, and that’s why you need to tailor your program accordingly to match your daily routine.
For instance, if you have small kids that are always getting in your way, you can utilize their play time and exercise with them outside. You can go cycling or swimming with them or create a series of simple exercises, such as jumping jacks, squat jumps and crunches to perform as a team. You can also sneak 30 minutes of gym time into the program if you can. Just remember that if you want to see the benefits of working out, you need to be consistent.
Pamper yourself from time to time
There’s no harm in engaging in a relaxing activity at least once a week to slow down, reset and re energize. Some of the best options you may consider include the following:
- Relaxing at the spa
- Taking a nap after meditating
- Enjoying a facial
- Relaxing in a hot bath
Look for ways to keep yourself beautiful and confident
Motherhood usually makes personal body care look more like a luxury than a need. Many moms rarely notice their skin getting dehydrated, their hair getting dry and fine lines developing around their bodies because they’re busy taking care of everyone else.
The good news is that you can change that today and take the right measures to maintain your beauty and confidence. Start by consuming anti-aging supplements and foods, such as healthy smoothies to improve your skin. Get the right supplements to find UTI relief and improve your reproductive health. Buy yourself a few organic hair care products to boost your hair and scalp health. The options are endless!
As a mom, you’ve done a good job taking care of everyone. It’s now time you started taking care of yourself for the good of your family and yourself. Follow the tips above and start doing it today.
By Samantha Higgins