This post is dedicated to all the hard-working moms out there who take care of everyone and everything around them. I see you. You work hard all day or go to school, then go home and cook, clean, and give your kids 100% of you. You show up to every game, every competition, and every ceremony. If you have a significant other you pour love into them, too. You’re the glue that holds everything together and you refuse to show any weakness. I commend you. So many women lose themselves once they become a mom, but I encourage you to take care of yourself too, unapologetically! Do you understand how amazing you are? You owe it to yourself!
I’m a mother of three and self-care is a part of my DAILY routine! It’s honestly the ONLY way I’m still sane. So call me selfish, I don’t care. I value motherhood more than any other aspect of my life, but I still have goals and dreams aside from being the best mom I can be. Practicing self-care is rejuvenating, and it helps you get aligned with your highest self. If you’re vibing at a high frequency, you radiate positive energy, and even your kids will notice they have a happier mom. So please, find a way to incorporate self-care in your crazy schedule. Here are 17 self-care tips that will relieve stress off hard-working moms:
Take a bubble bath and light some candles
If your kids are anything like mine, they could care less about privacy or personal space and they love bursting into the bathroom while I’m in there! When is the last time you had a bubble bath? A good time for it is right after you put your active toddler down for a nap. Soak up the peace and quiet and just relax with your favorite candles burning.
Read a book
2019 is the first time I have picked up a book since college! I read one book per month, and getting lost in the pages is like a little get-away from the real-world. I feel like every book I finish elevates me mentally. My favorite kinds of books are categorized as self-help, self-love, and self-care. You learn things, you feel things, and you perceive things differently once you become a reader.
Get a Pedicure
Even though I have to squeeze in time to go to the nail salon, I still make it happen. I always feel more polished and put together when my hands and feet are looking pretty! If you are a mom who stands on her feet all day at work this is the least you can do for yourself!
Get a Journal
Journaling is pure therapy. I use my journal for taking notes, making lists, and writing down my goals and plans. Everything I am manifesting into my life I journal about. My deepest thoughts and secrets are kept in my journal and writing about what’s on my heart honestly helps me to heal. If you haven’t made this small investment, you should!
So many life answers come to us when our mind is silent. Think of meditation as nourishment to your mind, just as food is nourishment to your body. Meditation has helped me manage my anxiety. With a clear mind, I’m open and ready to receive the opportunities the Universe presents to me and I have noticed I’m less stressed overall.
Try a new recipe
Any time I try a new recipe and it turns out right I feel good about myself and my cooking skills. I feel even better when my kids compliment my cooking! I made stuffed mushrooms for the first time recently and I was proud of the outcome, and my kids loved it.
Join a Book Club
This is a good way to be more social. My best friend and I joined a book club. We read “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero at the same time and it was dope to talk about how it made us feel, the changes we were going to implement in our lives, and all the new things that we learned. Connecting through literature inspired us to join a book club, to meet with other people once a month who are also on a self-help journey. The goal of our club is centered around enlightenment, empowerment, and enriching our minds.
Everyone knows that exercising has obvious health benefits. You will also feel amazingly refreshed after a good workout. This is an area that I honestly need to work on.
Get out of the house. Take a walk in the park. Go camping or hiking. Lay on the beach. There is so much beauty in the universe to appreciate, and the more connected I become the more I fall in love with Mother Earth.
I don’t care what day of the week it is, I will gladly grab a bottle of wine to unwind after a long day at work. This doesn’t make me a bad mom, either. I’m actually a calmer mom when I have had a chance to unwind.
Book a photoshoot
A perfect way to admire how beautiful you are! Go all out too and hire a makeup artist. Make it sexy! Be confident! You are one of a kind. Here are some photos from a shoot I was in recently; I’m so in love!:
Get dressed up
I have more mom clothes and work clothes over anything in my wardrobe. It feels good to switch it up sometimes and dress real grown and sexy. Remind yourself of how bomb you are underneath it all.
Book a hair appointment
I am a naturalista so majority of the time my hair is in its most natural state, curly, big, and all over the place. I love being natural, but sometimes my hair needs a little TLC. When my hair is done I promise you can’t tell me nothing. New hair, who dis? Just because you are a mom doesn’t mean you can’t continue to take pride in your appearance.
Get a facial/massage
Personal care is built into my monthly budget and includes hair, nails, and spa days. I’m unapologetic about it, too. I have been struggling with skin issues as an adult, so one day I decided to invest in my face! Now I have a good skin care regimen and it feels great! I also received my first professional massage a couple weeks ago at a local business called Angel’s Therapeutic Massage. It was so relaxing and I’m excited to go back!
Take a nap
Sometimes a hard-working mom just needs some beauty rest. When you’re well-rested you’re more productive.
Have Friend Night
Girl time is sacred and necessary. Don’t isolate yourself to your kids. More than likely you have grown woman problems and could use the support of a friend. I talk to my best friend every day but sometimes it’s necessary to link up and really connect! This is a good time to have a couple glasses of wine, maybe cook together, or just pile up on the couch watching romance movies.
Go on a Girls Trip
Vacation without the kids at least once a year if you can afford to! Every time I travel I come back home feeling more inspired and renewed. Moms deserve to have fun too!
If you had any guilt before about taking care of yourself, I hope you have let that feeling go! You are responsible for taking care of many people, please don’t forget YOU! Make these small investments in yourself and watch how quickly you glow up! From now on, consider self-love and self-care a priority!