Self-care is easier said than done when you are a mama.
What many of us come to realize as we traverse the sometimes rocky path of motherhood, is that self-care often takes a back seat. Who has the time for self-care? I know it seems like a luxury, but it’s not; self-care is essential. I have found that I have to prioritize it or it simply won’t happen. I find that when I care for myself, I am better equipped to care for others.
Here are three ways that we can start to incorporate self-care into our lives so that it sticks, and nourishes us daily:
#1 Feed yourself.
No one wants to feel lethargic and cranky. We all know the effects of a nourishing meal on our bodies and minds. But it can be so hard as mamas to feel that we have the time to get the nutrients we need. Add simple foods to your diet that bring a whole bunch of vitamins and minerals – like Vitamin C (kale, seaweed, etc.).
#2 Be kind in relationships.
It is so important to be kind to ourselves and those we love — especially our partners. How we are in our relationship to one another can sometimes be a reflection of how we are in relationship with ourselves. Parenthood can be really hard and kindness can be in short supply when we are feeling overworked, under appreciated and downright bone tired, so dig deeper to find the kindness we all need more of.
#3 Move every day.
Exercise, such as yoga, dance, walking or any kind of conscious movement, is essential for our health and vitality as women. When my mamas come to class and work to build strength in their shoulders, arms and legs, they are much more equipped to handle the physical demands of birth and being a mother. A movement practice like yoga can not only help us feel physically stronger, more flexible and help reduce some of the aches and pains, but it can also help to manage the mental and emotional stresses and strains that come with the job.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned on this journey is that motherhood is not martyrdom!
When you nourish and feed yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, it has an impact on our own well-being, of course, and also for the well-being of our children and families. Children learn from example. Let’s show them what is important right from the start!
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