Self-care for stay-at-home moms: how to make time for yourself?
It can be difficult for anyone to make time for self-care — especially stay-at-home moms. Whether you work from home or you’re a full-time caregiver for your little ones, it can feel like there’s not enough time in the day to put aside the hours and energy necessary to provide care for yourself. However, there are a few techniques and activities that make it easier to prioritize your needs.
It’s important to remember that you deserve self-care so you can be the best mom you can be, as well as an overall healthier and happier person. Finding the right techniques and activities to fit your lifestyle is a part of the journey. Here are some beneficial self-care tips for moms that will put the focus back on you.
Find activities that take you out of the house
Getting out of the house is a great way to set boundaries with your self-care and make sure your time is used effectively and intentionally. You love your kids, but sometimes the best way to get your alone time is to inject a little distance. Whether you take a class or workshop, meet up with friends, go on a bike ride or take a peaceful solitary walk, getting out of the house can be the perfect way to devote time to yourself.
Connect to your spiritual side
Be intentional and consistent with your self-care. Meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and journaling are all excellent activities that offer so many benefits. Yoga and meditation can reduce stress and have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
Spend time in nature
Connecting with nature can relax the mind and help put you at ease. You can go for a hike, take a solitary swim, or even sit in the sun and read. Outdoor time gets you out of the house by default, with the added benefit of spending intentional time in nature. The peace of the outdoors can often be calming and uplifting, which can help you get a bit of rest in your day and return rejuvenated.
Move your body
Exercising releases endorphins that make you happier and improve your energy levels. Not only does exercising improve your physical health, but it also boosts your mental health. Even if you can’t break away from your house to hit the gym, engaging in an active, physical activity will yield some precious alone time.
The importance of mom self-care activities
Having a set time to do something each day or week helps to solidify it as part of a routine, both for you and your family. The more you hold to it, the more it will become part of your lives. Having a set plan for what you do with your time will also ensure you use those precious minutes for self-care rather than getting distracted by other tasks or responsibilities. You can even set an itinerary for yourself or put it as a task on your to-do list.
Self-care for moms isn’t always easy, but it’s worth it. You will become happier and healthier, and bring even more harmony to your household.
Alyssa Abel is a college and career writer with a special interest in lifestyle, mental health and career development. Read more of her work on her blog, Syllabusy.