Being a mom is one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs in the world. It is, however, a job that we can find ourselves caught up in, often to the extent that we end up neglecting ourselves. If you hope to be the best mother you can be for your children then it only makes sense that you’re putting forward your best self and your best self needs to be taken care of every once in a while.
To get yourself started on your self-care journey, try focusing on these key ideas and using them as a platform from which to build your own routine.
Keep on moving – Health is key if you’re planning on being the best mom you can be and at least 50% of your health is down to exercise. By being in shape, you not only set a good example for your kids but your stamina will improve so you’ll be better equipped to deal with the kids when they are in a particularly lively mood.
Love your body – Whilst you might put a lot of energy into making sure your children’s meals are both delicious and nutritious, you shouldn’t neglect your own body and fill it with quick and easy garbage. Nourish yourself with proper food and you’ll be a model of healthy behavior for your children. Shop organic, go vegetarian or vegan once a week and organize your meals with the same care that you organize theirs.
Treat yo’ self – Whether it’s indulging in a brand new luxury tote bag from Radley London or meeting your friends for a coffee a few times a week, it’s vital that you can treat yourself to the things that make you happy. After all, if your children see that you’re happy and well-adjusted then they are more likely to be happy and well-adjusted too.
Remember to sleep – If you are not getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night (8, if possible) then you are doing both yourself and your kids a grave disservice. Lack of sleep can lead to serious health and mood problems. Also, try to refrain from food, caffeine and alcohol just before bed as these can all damage your quality of sleep.
It’s not selfish to put yourself first occasionally. If anything, it’s more responsible and is an essential part of being not only a good mother but a great mother. Living vicariously through your children alone will lead to frustration and resentment but allowing yourself the space and the time to work on yourself will not only give you a fresh perspective on your own motherhood but will hopefully allow your kids to see you as an actual human being rather than just a ‘mom’.