20 Essential Self-Care Ideas For Mothers


If you don't want to burn out, stop living like you're on fire. -Brené Brown



One of the key issues I hear from clients all the time is, "I don't have time." Do you have no time to do 10 minutes yoga, but have time to scroll on social media for 10 minutes? We all have 24 hours a day, and if you are honest with yourself, you do have time to do 10 minutes of yoga or meditation a day. You have to make time. It's a question of priority. Start making yourself a priority today, mama! :)


As mothers, when we neglect our needs, what are we telling our children? That our needs, our hope and dreams and happiness don't matter. We have to start taking self-care seriously and take action in implementing a self-care routine to keep us sane, healthy and happy.


How can you possibly enjoy your kids if you don't start loving yourself? By showing compassion to yourself, you will understand that you are worthy of self-care, and you are ultimately responsible for looking after yourself.


Not only is self-care about pedicures and massages but we need to examine and take care of ourselves holistically, looking at all 4 key areas of self-care:

Based on my own experience and from coaching, I created a list of 20 essential self-care ideas for each area that can help you thrive in motherhood.

  • First, pick one of the ideas that you are most interested in trying.

  • Second, schedule it in your calendar, so you don't forget.

  • Third, get an accountability partner to check in on you to make sure you don't wriggle your way out or give excuses.

Physical

  1. Going for a walk for at least 30 mins daily

  2. Doing yoga or gentle stretches for at least 10 mins daily

  3. Making and eating healthy food 80% of the time

  4. Drinking 8 glasses of water daily

  5. Take 10 deep breaths daily

Emotional

  1. Setting boundaries

  2. Saying "No"

  3. Read positive affirmations

  4. Journalling