While most people are spending most of their time at home, it is important to practice self-care, especially when our normal routines have been upended–the little things that ground us in calm, peace, gratitude, and balance. Here are 9 self-care ideas for moms:
1. Get Dressed in the Morning
Being home all the time, it’s tempting to stay in t-shirts and leggings till bedtime. While comfort is important, wearing clothes that make you feel good really does contribute to boosting your mood. It doesn’t have to be a fancy dress (unless that’s your thing–then go for it!), but make your outfit choice a blend of comfort and style.
2. Take a Walk in the Fresh Air
Exercise is of paramount importance, especially when our usual routines and outings have been drastically reduced. Living a more sedentary lifestyle helps no one, and science has proven the positive psychological effects of both physical movement and spending time outdoors. Even a short 15-minute daily walk around the neighborhood will help you feel better, both physically and mentally and ready to face the day.
3. Take a Shower Every Day
It can be easy to skip showering once in a while, especially when we aren’t really going out. But sometimes, some of our best ideas can come while standing under a cascade of water. At the very least, you will feel more relaxed afterward, and of course, clean!
4. Set Aside at Least 30 Minutes Every Day for ‘Me Time’
This can be a tough one. With more people working from home, or parents taking on additional responsibilities of children and their homeschooling, or simply trying to find more innovative ways to entertain them during summer vacation, carving out ‘Me Time’ can seem impossible. If 30 minutes seems too difficult, try 10 minutes to start. Or maybe the amount of time per day will vary, which is okay too. Maybe it means you will have to wake up earlier or go to bed a little later. Find what works for you, because, as they say, you can’t pour from an empty cup.
5. Indulge in Your Basic Beauty Routine
While more people are wearing less makeup nowadays, it’s important to not neglect your beauty routine, at least at a basic level. This could range from doing your nails to occasionally wearing a body spray you like. It could also mean styling your hair and even trying new looks while being at home. If you make an effort with your looks, even those small efforts will make you feel better about yourself.
6. Cook or Bake Your Comfort Foods
As important as it is to eat as clean and healthy as possible, it just feels good to indulge in our cravings once in a while. Cook or bake foods that not only taste good but may even be connected to happy times with loved ones. This is also a great time to try your hand at new recipes that may later become family favorites!
7. Get Lost In a Book
As a parent, reading a novel may be lower on your list of priorities, simply because you may not have the time, energy, or quiet space to do it. But if you are able, give it a try. Getting lost in another world of characters may be just the distraction you need to get out of your personal bubble without even leaving home.
8. Listen to a Podcast, Ted Talk, or Anything That Aims to Teach
As unusual as quarantine is, when was the last time you had the opportunity to learn a new skill or hear a talk on an interesting topic? Learning something new, hearing a new perspective, and keeping your brain fit and active, are all so important, especially now.
9. Meditate & Practice Deep Breathing
Finally, if you are having one of those days where you can’t seem to catch your breath, meditation and deep breathing are everything. Try to hear your inner voice, even journaling your thoughts if necessary. Remember to practice gratitude, even if it means being grateful to take your next deep breath.
Remember, we are all in this together!