Shout out to all the moms out there: you don’t need to sacrifice yourself for your children! For some reason, there’s an unspoken belief that a mother becomes her kids. She doesn’t need to worry about her life anymore because she is living for them. Of course, every mother does live for her children. But that doesn’t mean she can’t live for herself as well. If you’ve been struggling to keep up with your self-care, it’s time to make a change. In truth, a mother who looks after her well-being puts herself in better stead to raise her kids. But, how do you achieve the balance? Here are a few ideas!
DO SOMETHING FOR YOU
Have you done anything for yourself since your children were born? If the answer is no, it’s crucial that you do! Taking one night for yourself each week is not the crime you’ve convinced yourself it is. Far from it. Knowing you have that night to yourself will allow you to return to the family unit refreshed. You’ll feel better for reclaiming your space in this way. What you do is irrelevant. Join a class and learn something new. Participate in a book group and immerse yourself in adult conversation. Or, go out for drinks with girlfriends. Whatever you choose, make sure to keep it a kid free zone. You deserve it!
You may not think you have time for creativity, but we can all make time for the things we love. Instead of watching television in the evenings, get into the habit of a creative hobby. There are many reasons creativity can return you to yourself. Getting in touch with your artistic impulses will help you access your mind in a way you haven’t for a while. It can be satisfying and eye-opening. From knitting to writing poetry, decide which creative pursuit would suit you!
CARE ABOUT YOUR APPEARANCE
Another unspoken belief that haunts moms is that we can’t care about our appearance. It’s just not true! Again, taking an effort in your appearance will improve your mood and make you a better mother! Not to mention that you’ll look fantastic. Have you been hiding your body since the birth? Decide if a mommy makeover is right for you here. Or, maybe you’re after something less drastic. Buy yourself a new wardrobe. Get back into the habit of wearing makeup. Wear jewelry again! These small touches will make you feel so much better about yourself.
LOOK AFTER YOUR BODY
Of course, you can’t feel good about your appearance if you don’t feel good about your body. To ditch the baggy rags, make an effort to get the body you want. When time is of the essence, it’s easy to grab for a quick-fix chocolate bar or a pack of crisps. And, who wants to eat that meal they spend ages cooking anyway? Make a conscious effort to eat proper meals. Don’t fill yourself up on food that isn’t good for you!