You are worthy. You pour your heart out to fill the cups of others, but who is filling yours? Practice my unique self care tips for moms to refuel so you can continue to thrive.
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Let’s face it. Being a stay at home mom/wife is hard work. I’d even be willing to say it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had. We care for our family 24/7, 365. Even when we aren’t with our family we are on call. Grocery shopping? On call. At a doctors appoint? Better have your phone because you’re on call. In the bathroom? ON CALL.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my job as a stay at home mom. It’s the most rewarding job in the world and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Sometimes I pour my whole self out into my family and then I’m left feeling drained and run down. When that happens I usually end up losing motivation to get things done and we don’t want that! I have a whole post on staying motivated as a mom here. If you’re a mom, whether you stay at home or work, I’m sure you can relate on some level. Let me give you some unique self care tips!
What does self care look like?
Good news! Self care doesn’t have to look like any one specific thing. It’s tailored to you and your personality. You get to decide what self care is – no one else gets to decide that. I would just recommend setting standards for what it is to you.
My trip to the grocery store without my baby isn’t considered self care in my book. Taking a shower while baby is napping isn’t self care. It’s great that I get a few moments of peace but my ears are still listening for that little cry for cuddles or milk.
Self care tips
I have decided to divide these unique self care tips into 3 large categories – fuel your mind, fuel your body, fuel your spirit. Here is a list that I follow all the time when I’m needing to take care of myself.
Fuel your mind
Fueling your mind is something that that uses brain power without making you feel drained. Find an activity that gets your thinking and challenges your thoughts.
Being creative is a major outlet for me. I thrive on creating/crafting whether it’s seasonal/holiday decor or writing a new post for my blog. This is a way to channel my energy into something I love without feeling drained from it!
Go out for coffee
I categorized this under “fuel your mind” because I crave and rely on coffee in the morning to help me function so I’m considering it a fuel for my mind!
We have a local coffee shop called CJ’s Coffee Cafe that I love to go to. It’s refreshing to get out on my own and enjoy a delicious cup of my favorite coffee made by someone other than me. The best part is that I get to help out a small local shop!
Fuel your body
I think this is pretty obvious but I want to go beyond just the usual recommendation of “exercise.” Being active is a great way to improve your mood and boost feel-good hormones but there are other ways to achieve that besides a tough 30 minute HIIT workout.
Go for a walk
Getting some sunlight is a great self care idea. My favorite way of doing this is by going for a walk. I can get out of the house for a minute while my husband watches the baby and I get to enjoy some fresh air.
I make it a point to look around and think about the things I see. Sometimes I use this time to talk to God and pray for my family and friends. I listen to the birds and watch butterflies flutter around. Every time I go for a walk I always make sure to take in long, deep breaths of fresh air. I feel like this slows down my thinking and recharges my mind and mood.
Never skip breakfast
I rarely skip breakfast and I’ve always been that way. If I don’t eat breakfast in the morning I usually turn into a grouch and then snack on junk throughout the day.
I consider this part of my self care because I’m doing something kind to my body first thing in the morning and it’s so easy to incorporate into my daily routine.
Alright, this one isn’t so unique but it’s definitely important enough in my book that I don’t want to leave it out of this post. I’ve heard you should drink half your body weight in ounces or you should drink one whole gallon per day. I tend to drink close to 100 ounces per day. I don’t know the best recommendation and I’m not a doctor but maybe you could just set a goal for yourself. If you’re drinking only 1 large tumbler of water per day, try drinking 2 for the next week and then increase it more the next week.
Setting small attainable goals like that make you feel accomplished. Your body will thank you later!
Fuel your spirit
This is a big one for me since we are the ones that can make or break ourselves. My list of unique self care tips includes this because it’s important to care for your whole body, not just the physical aspects of it.
Reading for self care
I love to read self-help or personal growth books. I’ve also just recently purchased some devotionals from The Daily Grace Co and I absolutely LOVE them. All the devotionals I have are written in a way that is easy to understand. I consider myself a life long learner and I love to continually work on myself and fine tune my values and beliefs. This is a great way for me to step aside from all responsibilities and truly work on myself.
Set boundaries for social media
Oof. This is a hard one. Now days we are all constantly on our phones mindlessly scrolling and comparing. I’m 100% guilty of this. I have to set times during the day that are designated for social media and times that are for working around the house.
This is huge for me because part of the reason I often feel run down or like I need a refresh in the first place is the fact that I’m constantly comparing myself to others. So make setting boundaries with social media a common practice in your self care routine to safeguard your heart and values.
Thanks so much for being here!
I hope these unique self care tips help you recharge. I’m all about helping other mommas out, that’s kind of what I do here! Let me know if this was helpful to you and share it with someone else that might benefit from it.