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10 Unique Self-Care Tips for Moms (Taking Care of You to Take Care of Your Family)

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It’s really important to remember to take care of yourself when you are a mom. We can get so caught up in taking care of everyone else that we often forget to care for our own well-being. However, caring for ourselves is likely to help us be better at caring for the people we love.

Here are some helpful tips for taking care of yourself.

  1. Don’t overschedule your time. Don’t work TOO much and don’t have too many activities scheduled throughout your days/weeks. Without overscheduling, your body can have the opportunity to relax and to cherish the moments.
  2. Give yourself extra time to accomplish your must-do tasks. Instead of just planning 10 minutes to get out the door to go to an event or get the kids to school because on paper that’s how long it SHOULD take, plan for 30 minutes, so you don’t have to rush.
  3. Find a couple of hobbies that might interest you (not things other people like to do but things that truly make you feel relaxed and/or energized). You might have to try something multiple times before realizing if it’s a hobby you want to stick with.
  4. Do things just for you (like do your nails, do a puzzle, or set up a spot in your house just for you).
  5. Just relax and do nothing (like watch a movie).
  6. Even if you don’t want to, either alone or with the family, organize a reasonable amount of clutter or do a quick clean up around the house. Having things neat and clean can definitely help with your well-being.
  7. Think about your values. If you value family (which you probably do) over work, then be sure to think about how your decisions are in line with your values. For instance, for me, although I’ve worked lots of hours for many years, I have decided that I should cut down my hours working and increase my hours with my kids and I don’t think I’ve really ever been happier.
  8. Take moments throughout your day to just be still and to breathe and to cherish the beauty around you.
  9. Think of an activity you liked to do when you were a child. Try doing this activity now. For instance, if you liked to color when you were a child, try coloring now. It is often found that our interests when we were little happen to be interests when we are adults in some form or another.
  10. Take an electronics break. This can be tricky for some people, because electronics have become such an engrained part of our lives, but it can really help with your own well-being to leave your phone somewhere and not get on it for a period of time, to not log onto your computer, and to keep the TV off. Taking an electronics break can help us to be more present and more peaceful in the moment and to decrease the distractions, the negativity, and the “negative side effects” that electronics can bring.

Any other tips that you can come up with to help other moms with their own self-care, feel free to share in the comments. We can all benefit from each other.

Thanks again for reading. I wish you the best. Remember to take care of yourself!

10 Unique Self-Care Tips for Moms (Taking Care of You to Take Care of Your Family)


Heather Gilmore

My name is Heather Gilmore. I am so happy to be able to have a space to share helpful insights and resources to other moms out there. Being a parent is hard work and I hope to be able to give you tips and strategies to make it at least a little bit easier and more enjoyable. We love our kids but any mom knows that they can also be exhausting and overwhelming at times, as well. I have a master's degree in social work. I work as a children's therapist. I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and work with children with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, I am a freelance writer specializing in topics related to children and families. I have my own company called Hope Family Resources which provides resources in person and online to help families find greater hope, health, and happiness. See my site and learn more about me at: www.hopefamilyresources.com or email me at heather@hopefamilyresources.com. I have also published books on Amazon. Search for "Discpline and Parenting Strategies for Kids with ADHD," "Have Peace: How to Have Peace in Your Busy, Chaotic Life," and "Sibling Rivalry: How to Deal with Sibling Rivalry so You Won't Have to Anymore,"


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Gilmore, H. (2016). 10 Unique Self-Care Tips for Moms (Taking Care of You to Take Care of Your Family). Psych Central. Retrieved on August 23, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mommy-matters/2016/06/10-unique-self-care-tips-for-moms-taking-care-of-you-to-take-care-of-your-family/

 

Last updated: 27 Jun 2016
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