Nurturing the Heart that Nurtures: A Guide to Self-Care for Moms

(Psst… Dad, if you are the main care giver at home these days, listen up! This is for you, too.)

In the beautiful chaos of motherhood, it’s easy for moms to prioritize everyone else’s well-being over their own. Yet, taking time for self-care is not just a luxury—it’s a necessity. This is something I am admittedly working on. It’s HARD to get in the practice of and well, HARD to STAY in the practice of.

So, today I want to give a gentle reminder for moms to embrace self-care, offering practical tips to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul amidst the demands of this crazy adventure we all call family life.

1. Prioritize “Me Time”

Amidst the hustle, set aside a few moments just for yourself. Whether it’s reading a book, enjoying a cup of tea, or taking a short walk, prioritize moments of solitude to recharge. Those cherished moments may just become the sacred moments in your every day routine so set them, keep them and yes, even enjoy them.

2. Embrace the Power of Saying “No”

Learn to gracefully decline commitments that add unnecessary stress. Prioritize your well-being by recognizing and respecting your limits. This one maaay take a little practice. It may take some humility and calling that friend you said yes to and telling them you actually aren’t able to do/take on/or help in the way you previously thought. Make sure you bring in a healthy dose of grace if this is a hard on for you.

3. Create a Support System

Build a network of support, whether it’s through friends, family, or online communities. Share experiences, seek advice, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed. We don’t need everyone, but everyone needs someone! At times my community consisted of YMCA Child Care professionals because they were the only ladies I knew. Other times I have had wonderful friends or mentors. No matter your season, find someone.

4. Establish a Relaxing Routine

Incorporate small, calming rituals into your daily routine. This could be a warm bath, meditation, or simply taking a few deep breaths. Establishing a routine can provide a sense of stability amidst the unpredictability of motherhood. And if that relaxing routine needs to involve a secret piece of chocolate every afternoon to help you make it through the evening, go for it! And, maybe eat 2 just in case it is an extra adventurous bedtime routine.

5. Rediscover Hobbies

Reconnect with activities that bring you joy. Whether it’s a creative pursuit, a fitness routine, or a long-lost hobby, carving out time for what you love can reignite your sense of self. If there is something you have been wanting to learn how to do, that works, too! We are not designed to be stagnant. We are meant to learn, grow and progress. Be brave! Flex those talent muscles. Enjoy the gifts you’ve been given!

6. Quality Sleep Matters

Prioritize getting sufficient sleep. Create a soothing bedtime routine and make your sleep environment conducive to rest. A well-rested mom is better equipped to face the challenges of the day. As we like to say, “Momma needs her sleep or everyone is going to wish she was asleep.” Grumpy mom’s really aren’t that different than grumpy toddlers. It can just be harder for us to squeeze in a nap!

7. Delegate and Share Responsibilities

Remember, it’s okay to delegate tasks. Share responsibilities with your spouse, if applicable, and involve children in age-appropriate chores. Sharing the load lightens the mental and physical burden. A little side note, your kiddos can probably do more than you think- especially those littles. Don’t be afraid to take a few extra minutes today to teach them so it lightens your load tomorrow. Those few minutes are definitely worth the ROI long-term.

8. Practice Mindful Parenting

Embrace the concept of “being present.” Put away distractions, focus on the current moment, and savor the simple joys of motherhood. Mindful parenting not only benefits your child but also nurtures your own well-being. Regardless of how good we think we are at multitasking, the truth is, multitasking means half focused. No one feels good when they are being half listened to or half loved. This is one of my hardest ones because we are always on the go it seems. But all of the things we are doing “on the go” will never be as important as a person to be loved. Slow down, be present, and give everyone the gift of your actual attention.

Friend… Motherhood is a remarkable journey, but it’s also one of the hardest I know. It’s crucial for you to prioritize self-care. By incorporating these simple practices into daily life, each of us can foster a stronger sense of well-being, resilience, and joy. Remember, a well-nurtured mom is better equipped to nurture her family. So, go ahead—embrace the art of self-care and let it be your gift to yourself and those you love.

Faith forward, friend!


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