The Importance of Practicing Self-Care as a Mother
What is Self-Care?
Taking good care of you means the people in both your work and home life receive the best of you, rather than what’s left of you.
Self-care is not selfish and is not self-indulgent; it is not something to be guilty about.
Self-care is about nurturing your mind and thoughts, your body and physical health, and your emotions.
Acts of self-care could include anything from taking a nap, to exercising, spending time with friends, catching up on a favourite TV show, getting your hair done, taking a bubble bath, watching a sunset or reading a book.
Benefits of Self-Care: You
Ultimately, taking the time to give yourself what you need leads to greater:
- > happiness
- > calm
- > emotional resilience
- > clarity
- > motivation
- > energy
You are restoring the internal balance that is often disrupted as a result of endless giving; to our children, our partners, our work… and the list can go on.
Neglecting self-care causes many people to feel drained and passionless, losing a sense of who they really are and what they enjoy. This can lead to short-fuses, poor decisions, depression, anxiety and feelings of meaninglessness.
Benefits of Self-Care: Others
Taking care of yourself provides you with the energy you need to keep up with your kids, your job and your partner, and give the best of you to them. Things will appear to run more smoothly around you due to the positive shift regular self-care practice can have on how you see events and handle them. This means feeling less impatience, anger, guilt, or frustration that we often project unconsciously during our interactions with others.
Do the Math!
Once you start spending time doing things for yourself, they may seem huge at first, but try write it all out and you’ll soon realise the time you take for yourself isn’t so crazy.
Looking at one week, list all the things you do for other people in your life. Now list the things you do for yourself. The first list is surely always longer than the second.
Lastly, finding time for self-care isn’t difficult; just 5 mins a day can make a world of difference to your mood and perspective on life!