Just when you thought self-care was only about bubble baths and face masks… you’re wrong. There’s so much more to it.
While a nice, hot bubble bath may do you some good, it’s only temporary. Besides, has anyone else ever tried to take a relaxing bubble bath only to be disrupted by your screaming toddler outside the door? Because I have!
Self-care isn’t just about finding nooks and crannies throughout your day to splurge and enjoy yourself. It’s about empowering your heart, soul, mind & body to energize you through the other 99.99% of the time that you won’t get all to yourself.
Here are 10 great tips for self-care remedies:
10 minutes of daily exercise:
- As the mom of a newborn, squeezing in time for exercise can seem daunting. Not only are you physically and mentally worn, but it can also be a challenge to find time to work-out without distractions, or without your babies needing anything from you. But a minimum of 10 minutes a day is totally doable. Not only does exercise keep your blood pumping and make you strong, but the release of endorphins is so freeing — especially for mamas who have a lot on their plate.
Refrain from looking at screens the last 30 minutes before bed.
- Grab a cup of hot tea, some fuzzy socks and a book, mama! Studies show that reducing your screen-time before bed not only helps you fall asleep quicker, but it also improves your quality of sleep. As a woman who has battled all the sleep struggles her whole life —I can personally say that this helps immensely.
Hydrate throughout the day
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate — because I’m pretty sure there’s nothing water can’t do. If you need further convincing, I’ll just leave it to the experts to explain the rest. Click here for all the knowledge
- With all the pressure we feel in our society to lose weight — we forget that eating clean isn’t ultimately about how we look, but it’s about how we feel. It’s amazing how eating healthy can give you energy, prevent you from getting sick, and uplift your mood. Forget the figure — in order to being the best YOU that you can be — this is absolutely crucial.
Let go of perfectionism
- In the words of Nike — JUST DO IT. I know it’s easier said than done, especially in our image-centered society. But being able to release ourselves of the pressure to be perfect is one of the best ways we can care for ourselves. Nobody is perfect — we weren’t meant to be. We should never aim to be something we’re not, we can only aim to be the best versions of ourselves.
- Not only can journalling be a really great way to release your thoughts and feelings, but studies show that those who write down their goals are 42% more likely to fulfill them. Day-to-day life can be consuming, but let’s not forget to take a step back each day to discover the purpose behind it all.
- Even if you’re not an outdoor cat, it’s undeniable that there is something so peaceful about nature. In the chaos of our crazy days, nature is something beautiful & constant. We can rest in the fact that, no matter what happens, the sun will set at the end of our days & rise again in the mornings.
Social media breaks
- I think we all saw this one coming. It’s no secret that social media is known for being a double-edged sword. While it can be a great tool to keep in communication with friends, family & loved ones, too much of it can really distort one’s view of reality. It doesn’t help that it’s so addicting! Therefore, one of the best things that you can do for yourself is take a step back and remember that, no matter how tempting it can be to believe it — you are worth more than the number of likes on your posts and followers on your account. And even when it looks like everyone’s lives are so perfect, you are only seeing a small sliver of their reality.
Seek out a passion
- Especially as a full-time parent, this is so important! As much as you love your kids, one of the best things you can do for yourself is seek out a passion outside of them. It can be way too easy to make “parenthood” your identity when it doesn’t need to be everything. Finding a passion can give you the refresher you need. Whether you need to challenge yourself to take up painting or sign up for yoga classes, do something that’s just for YOU. You will thank yourself later for it.
- With baby toys, crayons and shoes scattered all over the floor, you’re bound to make yourself crazy some days. Minimization is like taking the proactive approach to getting rid of clutter. You can choose to spend each day picking up the same old things, or you can choose to ask yourself, “do we really need this?” We all know babies are some of the biggest consumers — and the fear of not having enough can easily turn into anxiety from having too much. Remember, everything you do takes little bits and pieces of energy from you. Whether it’s tying a shoe, picking up a toy, etc. — these little steps can easily accumulate and, before you know it, 124574693984 things have had your attention and it’s not even 10:00 AM yet. Reducing the number of items you have can reduce your stress tremendously, and you don’t even realize it. Some great tips on how to do this include:
- Getting rid of multiples. If you don’t wear all 50 pairs of your shoes, it might be time to consider donating or selling 25 of them.
- Investing in products that will not only last you a long time, but can also serve multi-purposes. One of our products that does this is the Bassinet To-Go. This bassinet not only folds into a backpack and can be taken on the go, but it can also work as a cosleeper, a diaper-changing pad, a playpen, etc.
The list could go on & on, but we’re just going to leave it here at 10. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk!