As a mum, it's easy to get caught up in the daily grind of caring for your children, managing household tasks, and juggling work responsibilities. However, it's essential to prioritise self-care and take time to relax and recharge (This is definitely something that I personally struggle with.
Here are five simple steps to (try and) help us as mums to relax and take time for ourselves:
Step 1: One of the first steps to prioritising self-care is to set aside some "me time" on your calendar. This could be anything from a relaxing bath to an early start with 30-minutes of uninterrupted reading time. Whatever it is that you enjoy, make sure to schedule it in advance, and treat it like any other appointment.
Step 2: Try to get outside and spend some time in nature is an excellent way to de-stress and unwind. Whether it's a walk in the park or a bushwalk, getting outside can help clear your mind and improve your mood.
Step 3: Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and fully engaged in what you are doing. It can help reduce stress and increase feelings of relaxation and well-being. Try setting aside a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness through meditation, deep breathing, or yoga.
Step 4: Taking time for yourself doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Treat yourself to a small indulgence, like a favourite snack, get your nails done or a new book. Even a few minutes of pampering can help you feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
Step 5: Spending time with friends can help you relax and unwind, and it's essential for maintaining social connections and support. Whether it's a phone call, a coffee date, or a girls' night out, make time to connect with your friends and enjoy some adult conversation.
As a mum, it's crucial to prioritise self-care and take time for yourself - this will ensure you can be your best self. By scheduling "me time," getting outside, practicing mindfulness, treating yourself, and connecting with friends, you can feel more relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle the challenges of motherhood. Remember, taking care of yourself is essential for taking care of others.