Learn five practical ways to practice self-care as a mom.
How to practice self-care is a hot topic right now. You may feel like you do not have time to take care of yourself or you may feel selfish for even considering it.
I have wrestled with all of these feelings. There were seasons that I had zero brain space to add in one more thing. Then there were also times I felt guilty for doing something for myself. However, one thing I have learned in my years as a mom is that I cannot care for my family well if I am running on empty.
I lose myself in the midst of it all. It is a slow fade but suddenly, I find myself being short with the kids, tired, worn out, and frustrated. In those moments, I have realized it is time to step back and evaluate. Often as I evaluate, I realize I have been pouring out without caring for myself.
Can you relate?
Today, I want to share 5 practical ways to practice self-care. These are super simple and basic, but sometimes we need to be reminded of the simple things to get us back on track.
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5 Practical Ways to Practice Self-Care
1. Spend time reading and praying.
We need Jesus. It is that simple. We can try to do motherhood without Him but goodness, why would we want to? Jesus does not take away the trials of motherhood, but He gives us the strength to persevere.
One thing that has worked well for me is to start and end my day in prayer. It is amazing how this simple act can focus on what is true. I love to read a devotional as the stories of others remind me that I am not alone in my struggles. Right now, I am loving this devotional.
2. Write in a gratitude journal.
Spending time reflecting on what is good is one of the best things you can do for yourself. During a very challenging season in my life, I started to write down all of the good from the days. It changed my perspective.
I still look back at that list and thank God for how He showed Himself to me through others, even when nothing made sense.
To start a gratitude journal, you can use a journal and start writing down one thing from each day that you are thankful for.
3. Drink enough water.
This is so practical and yet do we actually do it? No! Most of us are probably not drinking enough water. There are the jokes about moms that they live on coffee and wine and while those may be special treats, they do not sustain us. I have gone through different seasons with water bottles. Currently, I like to use this as it keeps my water cold!
4. Get ready in the morning.
Taking 10 minutes to get yourself ready in the morning will completely change everything for you. We all feel better when we have a freshly washed face and a little makeup on.
I went through a season where I was barely washing my face and constantly had mascara smudged. Somehow, when I started washing my face, I approached each day differently as I was ready for it!
I love the Flawless in Five set for makeup as it makes getting ready so easy!
5. Take ten minutes.
This is one of my secret tips that I think all moms should practice! Every day, around 3:30 pm I take ten minutes and sit outside in my favorite chair, usually in the sun. During this time, I have either hot or iced coffee depending on the time of the year.
During this time, I simply sit and sip my coffee. That is it. I am not working on something or reading, I am just resting. It always helps me during this normal afternoon slump time.
Lately, I have been loving this insulated tumbler from Teabloom for my coffee or tea. It keeps the drinks hot or cold. Plus there I can even brew loose leaf tea in it if I want!
Ready to practice self-care?
Sometimes when we are struggling to know where to start, we just have to go back to the basics. Today, I encourage you to get back to the simple things. What is one small thing you can do to practice self-care today?