You know what will make you a better mother? Taking care of yourself.
I know that sounds a bit counterintuitive, but follow me here. I’m not talking about being selfish or spending hours away from your family. That’s where moms get confused.
They think self care is watching Netflix while sipping wine or eating Oreos while filling up online shopping carts.
Now, those activities aren’t wrong in themselves, but they shouldn’t be considered self care when there are basic daily self care routines moms are neglecting.
I know because I did the same thing. And let’s face it, some days I still find myself neglecting these basic self care habits if I’m not being intentional. Those are the days when I have less energy, and I’m less patience with my kids.
However, when I am intentional and make these 5 basic self care routines a priority, I’m a better mom and feel much more fulfilled. The same will be true for you!
5 Basic Self Care Routines for Stay at Home Moms:
1. Drink water throughout the day.
It’s so easy to drink that 2nd or 3rd cup or coffee or reach for a sugary drink, especially when you are home all day and need lots of energy to keep up with your kids. But, drinking water will actually energize you more than coffee or soda.
Make sure you are sipping on water all throughout the day. It helps to have a tumbler that you use just for you and your water. My favorite tumbler is my Bubba tumbler because it keeps my drink insulated and cold all day long.
If it’s hard for you to get used to drinking water, try adding a slice of lemon or lime. I buy a bulk bag of limes from Aldi and slice them up and put them in the freezer. Each day, I add a frozen lime slice to my ice water. It tastes so good!
2. Eat foods that fuel your body.
Most likely, you are the one who does the grocery shopping, so you decide what food gets brought into your home. You decide what your kids will snack on and eat for meals. I used to feed my kids goldfish and applesauce pouches pretty regularly because that’s what kids eat, right? Wrong!
They eat what I feed them. When I started offering carrot sticks as snacks, my kids were a little hesitant at first, but now they actually request carrot sticks for a snack!
Here are some easy snack ideas for you and your kids:
- carrot sticks with hummus
- celery sticks with nut butter
- apple slices
- cheese slices
- yogurt and berries
- boiled eggs
- whole wheat crackers
- homemade granola bars
3. Get in some form of movement.
You don’t have to wake up at 5 in the morning to workout or go to the gym. As a mom, even just 15-20 minutes of movement is better than nothing. You probably don’t have the same amount of time available to workout as you used to. But instead of thinking that you don’t have any time, use the time that you DO have.
Walk around the back yard while the kids are playing outside.
Do a short YouTube video. There are so many 10 minute workouts available! Here’s a 10 minute Yoga for Busy Moms.
Play tag, hide-n-seek, or red light, green light in the back yard with your kids.
Put the kids in the stroller or wagon or have them ride their bikes, and take a walk around the neighborhood.
4. Go to bed on time.
Set a bedtime and a wake up time. Most moms I know are tired, and to some extent they don’t have control over their sleep. Babies and young kids often wake during the night.
However, moms do get to decide what time to go to bed. If you stay up late, you already know you aren’t going to get enough sleep. It super tempting to stay up late once the kids go to bed, but you will feel so much better the next day, if you go to bed earlier and get that sleep you need.
Get yourself on a consistent sleep cycle and go to bed and wake up at similar times each day.
5. Get yourself ready even if you are home all day.
When you put on real clothes instead of lounge wear, it gives you more confidence and purpose. It also signals to you mind and family that you are ready to start the day.
Do your hair and put on a little makeup. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just taking a few minutes to give your hair a quick style and putting on a little concealer and mascara will make you feel good. I love following Kate at The Small Things Blog for simple mom hair tips.
Even if you and your family are the only ones who see you during the day, you all deserve to see a nice version of yourself. When you look in the mirror, your appearance should make you feel good.
These 5 self care habits for stay at home moms really are basic. They don’t require a lot of time or money. It simply boils down to being intentional and knowing what to do. If you get dressed, drink water, go to bed early, move your body, and eat healthy foods every day, you’ll be a much better mom!
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