5 practical ways to practice self-care is sponsored by Silk 18. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
How to practice self-care is a hot topic right now. For many, it can seem overwhelming to think about one more thing as we are just surviving the days. Yet others are consumed with guilt anytime they do anything for himself.
I have wrestled with all of these feelings. There were seasons that I just had zero brain space to add in one more thing. Then there are also times I feel 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 empty.
Being an intentional mom is something I am passionate about. I love to plan out family time and teach my kids about God. But there is one thing that I have seen happen to myself. 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.
5 Practical Ways to Practice Self-Care
Spend time reading and praying.
One thing that has worked well for myself is to start and end my day in prayer. It is amazing how this simple act can focus myself 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.
Write in a gratitude journal.
Spending time reflecting on what is good is one of the best things you can do for yourself. I cannot count the times I have had a stressful day and then I stop and think about all parts of the day. There is always something good, even if it is the most small thing. All you have to do is grab a journal and decided to write one thing a day you are thankful for.
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. One thing that has helped me is to use this water bottle. It holds the amount of water I need every day and I can visually see how much I am drinking.
Pack snacks for yourself.
We always make sure to have the snacks packed for our kids, but do we pack anything for ourselves? One of my favorite things is to put some almonds in a bag as I head out the door. Packing snacks for ourselves reminds us that we need to be practicing self care- it matters.
Wash your hair.
This one may seem so practical but it is one I think we need to be reminded of. As moms we hear a lot about dry shampoo and I love it. I am a big fan, however, I also think it is important to take the time to wash our hair. Growing up my mom always made sure we took care of our hair and I knew it was something that was important. This is such a simple thing and yet often something we neglect.
Lately, I have been loving Shampoo Silk 18. This shampoo checks all the boxes for me as it leaves my hair feeling smooth and clean, has a great price, and is sulfate and paraben free. While my hair can tend to be dry, it helps nourish all parts of my hair. It is such a simple thing, but taking time to wash my hair refreshes and replenishes me as a busy mom.
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?