I want to take a moment to talk about something that I have actually found pretty important for moms everywhere, but is often neglected. That is self care.
I am a mom of 4, and sometimes I neglect self care. Usually it happens with I am just too tired. You know those days. The days when it’s a struggle to even keep your eyes open. I think we have all been there a time or two. And I right?
Sometimes I neglect self care because I get too busy. Being a mom is more then a full time job. It’s an around the clock with no break kind of job. Between meals, errands, working, play dates, and family time … self care just gets put on the back burner. It can be easily bumped to the bottom of my to-do list.
And sometimes I neglect self care because I feel like it’s just another thing I can fail at. Sometimes I get caught up in the competition that is self care. For me at least, there’s just no competing in the world of self care. I’m a mom of 4. I don’t have the time or the extra cash to spend on a lavish self care weekend away. And, to be honest, I am not sure I would want to even if I could.
Self care for me is taking extra time in my daily devotions. Or doing my nails with a hot cup of my favourite tea. Some days my self care takes me out of the house for a walk, or a coffee date with a friend. For one of my friends, her daily self care is writing in her bullet journal. It’s just what ever gives you a bit of time to really connect with yourself as a person. If there is one thing that I have learned in my 8 years of being a mom, it’s that self care is actually really important.
Motherhood is full of endless demands, rewards, sacrifices, sleepless nights, countless unscheduled interruptions and many beautiful gifts to experience. But in order to be a great mom, you must feel great about both yourself and your life. And for me it’s been key to dealing with my postpartum anxiety.
Do you practice self care? Why, or why not? Let me know in the comments below!