Self-care is a buzzword right now that you’ll find all over social media. The act of taking care of yourself and recharging your batteries has never been as important as it is now given our fast paced, high stress society. But why not focus on taking care of yourself BEFORE your batteries die? It’s something I like to call “preventative self-care”. You hear about going to your doctor for preventative care to get ahead of sickness so why should self-care be any different?
In fact, preventative self-care can keep you from needing to go to the doctor all together. Did you know that the majority of doctor visits are due to stress related issues? Crazy right?! Chronic stress has taken over the health of our society as a whole. Stress alone isn’t always a bad thing but staying in stress mode day in and day out will take a massive toll on your health and well-being.
Then there’s the added stress of motherhood that has women feeling as if they’re always giving all their time to everyone but themselves. I’d like to argue that moms need self-care in their lives more than anyone else yet we’re the ones who have the most trouble fitting it into our hectic schedules.
Prioritizing self-care, especially as a mother, will keep you one step ahead of the burnout that chronic stress leads to. Not to mention the weight gain, migraines, and insomnia that often are a direct result of the ongoing stress in your life. Think of taking care of yourself as being the BEST way to take care of your family because guess what…. IT IS! Moms are often the foundation of a family and what happens with a crumbling foundation?? You guessed it, everything else will crumble around it.
So what can you do to prioritize self-care in your busy life as a mom? First you need to identify what self care really means to you. Is it a pedicure? Is it blocking off 20 minutes a day to catch up on your favorite book? Is it dinner with friends once a month? What does it mean to YOU. Get clear and set the intention to make time for it as often as possible.
Next you need to communicate those needs to your support system. Whether that be a spouse, family member, friend, babysitter, whoever you have in your corner to help take care of the kiddos.
Then block time off in your calendar. Whether it be your daily schedule or your monthly calendar. Write it down. Treat it like an appointment and make a commitment to yourself to honor that appointment like you would any other.
You deserve to feel nourished and taken care of and your family deserves the same. Start putting yourself first whenever you can and big changes will start to happen.