Raising children is a lot of work. It can be overwhelming, exhausting, and devastating at times too. Taking care of yourself as Mom means making sure you are well rested, fed, and taking time for yourself to do things that make you happy. It is important to be your own best friend so that you can have the energy to love on your family.
Here are 10 amazing ways you as, a mom, can take better care of yourself so you don't burn out during motherhood. Pay close attention because these tips may seem like they don't stand out much at first glance, but when implemented regularly can have an impact on how well-rested, healthy, and happy you feel!
1. Give yourself a break – you deserve it!
Taking care of yourself as a mom means taking time for you. When mom's self-care is put on the back burner, stress levels rise and it becomes difficult to be present with your kids because mom just has no energy left in her tank. This can lead to feeling overwhelmed or even depressed.
You deserve to be happy and mom life can get in the way of that sometimes. Make sure you are taking time for yourself, even if it's just 30 minutes a day where you read your favorite book or listen to your favorite songs with no distractions
The goal is not getting rid of mom guilt but instead learning how to put yourself first and mom guilt to the side.
Strive for progress, not perfection! Taking care of yourself as a mom takes patience and kindness towards yourself too.
Don't feel guilty for taking a break from mom duties to do that thing you love – even if it's just a little bit. Do what makes you happy!
2. Keep your house clean and tidy
Keeping your house clean is not just about making sure the floors are vacuumed and dishes done. It is also about keeping you calm, relaxed, and happy.
When momlife gets hectic, it can feel like you have no time for yourself, let alone cleaning your own house… But it's good to keep your surroundings tidy and clean. It can be as simple as putting your favorite flowers in a vase or spending just 30 minutes tidying up the kitchen after dinner.
You're also helping your children learn how to respect their surroundings which will have a big impact on your happiness! Lead by example.
Don't beat yourself up if momlife gets hectic; instead, try adding some organization into everyday routines.
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got about keeping a clean house when you feel you have no time at all, is to do something to improve your space – even if it's just a small part.
That why I like what's called the 5 in 5. This is simply doing 5 things that take no more than 5 minutes. Do just 5 5-minute tasks. If you try this every day, you'll be surprised at how smooth your day is – and how surprisingly clean your house looks!
3. Do one thing every day that makes you feel good about yourself
It's important mom to do things that make you feel good about yourself. Taking time for self-care doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. It's just about finding something that makes you feel good and giving yourself permission to do these things.
Maybe it means doing your hair completely instead of throwing it up in a mom bun or just wearing an outfit that makes you feel beautiful. Whatever it is, you should find something you love and try to fit it into your schedule every day.
When momlife gets hectic, don't forget about yourself and things you love doing. You can do one small thing every day to make you feel good about yourself.
So, to help with that here's a suggestion: Set a reminder on your phone or somewhere where you'll see it often. Having something that reminds you daily of an activity you enjoy will help you take the time for self-care every day!
It's so important, as a mom, to love yourself and take care of yourself because you deserve it. You're doing something that not everyone can do – being a mom. And that is truly amazing!
4. Spend more quality time with your partner, kids, and family
When momlife gets hectic, it can be hard to find time for yourself and the people you love. It's super easy to get caught up in momlife, but it's important to take time for yourself and spend quality time with your loved ones.
One thing you can do is plan a weekly date night with your husband. It's super easy to just fall into bed after dinner, but when making a weekly date night with your husband you'lll discover that it will invigorate you and refresh your enthusiasm and your perspective.
You can also plan a weekly together with your girlfriends or family, maybe even some local moms. This will help you get back to the basics of being a mom and spending time with people who mean something to you. You can make it an important thing every week that everyone knows about – this way it won't be forgotten by anyone in when busy momlife sets in.
Schedule time to also focus one-on-one with each child is a wonderful time to bond with just your son or daughter, too. Consider putting this a rotation cycle so you get that special quality time with each one. This will help you reconnect with everyone around you while reminding you why momlife is great.
5. Go to bed early and wake up early and make sure to get enough sleep at night
When momlife gets hectic, it's super easy to stay up late and not get enough sleep at night. This can be a dangerous habit because lack of sleep is connected with many mental health issues including depression.
However, if momlife is keeping you from getting your recommended 7 – 8 hours of sleep every night, then consider going to bed early and waking up early. This is a great way to make sure you get enough sleep every night without going to bed super late (or spending lots of money on sleeping pills!).
It's important to be well rested because tired mom equals grumpy mom, which no one wants.
The best piece of advice I ever got about keeping momlife balanced was to wake up early and get a lot of rest. You should definitely not underestimate the power of getting enough sleep by going to bed early and waking up early. It will help you have more energy throughout your day making your life as a whole so much easier to manage.
6. Exercise regularly – even if it's just taking the stairs or getting outside for 10 minutes each day
When momlife gets hectic, it's so easy to push exercise off the schedule. It is important, though, that you make sure you are exercising regularly because mom or not – everyone needs daily exercise.
You don't have to go crazy with tons of exercises every day, but just try and get a little bit of movement throughout your day.
Taking the stairs at work or walking around your neighborhood instead of using transportation can be a great way to get just a little bit of movement in during day. And if you're feeling ambitious, then go outside and try running, biking, hiking – anything that gets you moving!
The point is, because exercise always feels better when momlife isn't in the way.
The point is, you don't have to spend tons and tons of time doing mom squats or exercises. Spend at least an hour or more each day getting out of your house, even if for alone time. Your physical, as well as mental health, will thank you for it.
Just moving during the day is good. You know what they say – a body in motion stays in motion!
7. Pamper yourself – Make time for yourself and do something for yourself each day.
Pampering yourself doesn't have to take a lot of time. You can do something for yourself each day that will make you feel special. It may be as simple as taking time for yourself after dinner to read a book, watching TV, or calling your friends or sisters on the phone.
Think of one thing you like to do (or want to do) and make it an everyday occurrence. This is a great way to make mommy time feel like mommy time and not mom life (because momlife can get in the way of momtime, if you know what I mean).
It's easy for pampering yourself to fall off your schedule when you're constantly taking care of everyone else. But this is important because no one else will make you feel as good as you can.
So, mommy time is important! You deserve this me time, and it's okay to take some for yourself every day – even if that means just getting a pedicure by yourself.
8. Take a walk outside
Get out for a walk outside each day. Don't worry mom, you don't have to go far – just around the block is fine.
You'll be surprised how much better you feel when you get in some fresh air! Get outdoors every single day if possible. Fresh air always makes you feel good inside and out.
If momlife is getting in the way from going outside for an hour each day then consider heading to a local park after dinner and spending some time there. If you're a stay-at-home mom like I am, get outside for at least an hour each day if possible. Nature is so therapeutic and will help you feel clear-headed again.
It's super easy to stay inside all day and never go outside for an hour or more. This is not good because there are some real health benefits of getting fresh air (plus you can't spend enough time with your kids if they're stuck inside).
Try taking your kids outside every morning so you all can get some fresh air. This is a great way to start your day off on the right foot! And if you homeschool, like we do, you can implement this into your morning routine.
But this works even if you don't homeschool. If you're a SAHM with littles, you can still take a morning walk.
9. Drink more water, eat better food, and take vitamins
It's important to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. And don't forget about eating well. It's easy for moms to forget about these things when life gets in the way, but don't let momlife get in the way of taking care of yourself and your health.
Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. The best formula for figuring out how much water you need to drink is by taking your weight and dividing it in half. That's how many ounces of water to drink every day.
So, for example, if you weigh 160 pounds you need 80 ounces of water each day. This is about 2 1/2 32-oz. cup sizes. Or 5 16-oz. bottles of water.
Eating well is important for your health and you can get back on track by eating lots of whole grains (like brown rice), fruits, vegetables, lean meats like chicken or turkey. You may also want to drink protein shakes to help you get some extra protein and nutrients in your diet.
Try packing a healthy snack before heading out so you don't have to worry about finding something healthy while out on the go with your kids. If this means packing an apple, granola bar, banana or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, so be it.
And don't forget to take your vitamins! You may have stopped taking them during some time or another, but now is the time to start again. If you don't know where to begin from a vitamin standpoint there are lots of great resources online that will help you choose which ones are best for your diet and daily needs
The point is: drink lots of water, eat well, and sleep enough to take care of yourself.
10. Be mindful of your thoughts and feelings
This is something mom's need to remember – it's important for your mental health and well-being. Be mindful of the thoughts you're having every day, whether they are positive or negative. Try not to dwell on them or let any one moment consume you.
Try to be mindful of how momlife can overwhelm you. You'll feel better when you let go and try to focus on the good things that are happening in your life instead of letting negative thoughts eat at you.
Whenever you feel momlife or anyone else is getting the best of you, remind yourself that it's not going to last forever. There are sure to be better times ahead and you'll need a clear mind for those days so why not let go now?
It may prove difficult at first but try practicing mindfulness daily by spending some time in silence. Take deep breaths and try to clear your mind. This will help you feel more relaxed, refreshed, and ready for momlife again!
10 Ways to Take Care of Yourself as a Mom
I hope this list spurs ideas to help you start taking care of yourself. These 10 things will help any busy mom be more mindful and caring in her everyday life, whether you're a working mama or a homeschool mom. Implement one or two of these simple ways, to begin with. Make time for yourself by ensuring you're providing your body and mind the love it deserves while also allowing yourself to unwind without feeling guilty.