The importance of self-care and mental health should cross everyone’s mind from time to time but a lot of us leave it way in the back of the mind because life gets so busy that we forget to care of ourselves. This is especially true for mothers.
We’re so involved with taking care of our kids, cleaning the house, making supper, doing laundry, the list goes on. Mothers are amazing creatures who care more about taking care of everything else in life and let their own care and mental health go down the drain. It’s important, especially as a mom, to take care of ourselves.
Not only to be healthy because our kids need us, but to feel healthy and be able to take on all the daily tasks that we face. If you don’t take time to take care of yourself, at least once in a while, you’re going to be drained, you’re not going to feel good which is going to make you impatient and it’s much harder to do daily duties when you’re run down.
We’re women and women naturally like to be pampered but once we have kids it’s not about us anymore, our kids come first and at the end of the day we’re too tired to think of pampering ourselves. It’s important though, for so many reasons. You need to feel human even if you’re a mom so I’m here today to give you a few easy ideas about how you can start to make yourself feel human again.
You don’t have to do this every day but at least once a week if you can would be beneficial for you, your kids and everything that involves you.
Pamper Yourself – You’re Important Too
Take A Walk
This is the easiest one, unless you live in a cold climate of course. Taking a walk frees your mind, look around when you’re walking. Pay attention to the scenery, even if it’s just sidewalks and others front yards. Thinking and paying attention to other things will get your mind of the daily stresses and make you feel better.
When the sun is shining down on you, pay attention to how it warms your skin.(Don’t forget about the sunscreen though!) The sun does amazing things for your happiness too because the sun gives you vitamin D which raises your dopamine and serotonin levels. Dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters. When they’re released they help regulate your mood and make you happier. That’s why a lot of people have the “winter blues”, because of a lack of vitamin D also called the “sunshine vitamin”.
If you’ve got a young baby or younger child you can also strap them into the stroller and go for a walk. It’ll do both of you some good and the putting will refresh you both, even if baby is napping.
As I said before, if you live in a cold climate it makes it harder, I understand that. As I type this there a 10-foot snowbanks in my front yard so I totally get not being able or wanting to go out for a walk which is why I will follow with some more great ideas to pamper yourself.
Go For Coffee With A Friend
This one is pretty simple too. You can go to the coffee shop, sit at the park or even just sit in the vehicle and chit chat. Whatever you prefer to do. Of course if you don’t like coffee then drink the beverage of your choice but the point is just to get out and socialize. Get your mind away from everything.
If you need to vent, then vent! Get it off your chest! That’s what great friends are for, but don’t forget to let it go after. Let it out and let it fly away like a bird and then forget it. Have some laughs and refresh your “batteries” for tomorrow. 9 times out of 10 you’ll feel much better after going out with a friend.
You can also incorporate the first idea of taking a walk with this one too. Take a walk along the lake or beach while sipping coffee with your friends. Maybe put your feet in the water. Do whatever feels good for you.
Relax At The Spa
Going to the spa is one of the most relaxing things you can do since it is exactly for relaxing.
Spas are great because there’s a variety of things you can do so for example, if you’re not into massages there’s still other things you can do. Not everyone is comfortable with strangers touching their body so I totally understand this.
You could always get a pedicure, manicure, facial or go for the anything else they have. If you’re interested, check with your local spa to see what they have to offer.
This is one of my favorite things to do to relax and wind down but it is pricey so it might be something you want to do too often. I’ve come up with another idea to replace going to the spa so that we’re not breaking the bank on weekly spa visits and that idea is coming up now!
Spa Night At Home
Staying home and pampering yourself can be just as good as going to the spa. Yes, you have to do the pampering yourself but it still makes you feel so good after.
After the kids are in bed is you time. Take advantage of this time to pamper yourself to the max!
Take a nice bubble bath if that’s your thing, I personally don’t like baths so I take a shower. Shave your legs, use products that make you smell good and feel pretty.
After your bath you can paint your nails, do a face mask, put on some body lotion, anything you want to do to make you feel good. (Stay tuned, I’ll be making a list of my favorite products very soon!)
If you have an older child who’d like to join you and you feel up to letting them join that’s fine too. You don’t have to let them join in on your you time all every time but once in a while is great because kids need to unwind too and what better way than to unwind with mom and make some great memories?!
Self-care and mental health are both very important for each and every person in the world but once you’re a mom it becomes even more important because you have those little ones to take care of and if we’re not feeling like ourselves, how are we supposed to give them them our best without feeling our best? We can’t and they don’t deserve that, neither do you so pamper yourself! Love yourself to the fullest so you can be your ultimate self for everything that’s thrown at you.
Keep being the amazing creature that you are mom, you do so much! You carry the weight of the world on your back so give yourself a break and get back to feeling great. Just because we’re moms doesn’t mean we need to give up who we are, we just have to learn to incorporate it into being a mom and darn good ones at that!
All the best, mamas!
Thanks for reading and I hope you found this helpful!
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Do you have questions or ideas to add that you do to pamper yourself to give other moms even more options to feel better? Feel free to leave comments below and if you have questions I’ll be more than glad to help out!