- Natalie Cardona
Self Care for Moms
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Life as a mom is hectic and it may be easy to forget to set time for yourself. Self-care is not just a trend that will go away. Self-care is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Whether you have a whole day to yourself or half an hour, make sure to take a moment to check in with yourself. Check out these six simple yet powerful self-care ideas that any mom can try.
1. DIY spa day
You don't need to head to a fancy spa to treat yourself to a good facial! A spa day at home could mean anything. Light a candle and take a long soak in the bath. Give yourself a mani-pedi. If you don't have too much time to do it all, turn every night into a mini spa night with a well-deserved face massage using a gua sha facial tool.
Being mindful is crucial to self-care. Journaling allows you to reflect on your emotions and can relieve stress. There is no right way to journal, write whatever feels right to you. Buy a notebook that makes you feel good and try these prompts to start:
write three things you’re grateful for
write the story of your life in six words
write three wishes you have
Exercise is known to help relieve stress. Unwind with yoga or pilates to get a good sweat on while being mindful. Classes at a studio may be expensive, but there are many free classes on YouTube. If you're in a time crunch, try a fifteen-minute workout to get yourself going for the day. Grab a mat, stretch, and breathe your way into self-care.
4. Begin a new hobby
Take your mind off of things by picking up a new - or old hobby. Make some time to do something you are interested in. Learn to knit a scarf before the winter, or learn the native language of your dream vacation country. Show off your new hobby to the family and get everyone
5. Call or text a loved one
Self-care is all about making yourself feel good. Talking to a loved one is a great way to relax. Call a parent, a sibling, or a friend you haven't spoken to in a while. Talk about your day and the weather. Catch up on things that have happened in each other's life. You could even plan a future day to visit each other.
6. Plan a solo date
Take some time for yourself and go on a solo date. You decide what your date will be like. Cook your favorite meal or order some special takeout, buy yourself flowers, and watch a movie. If you're feeling confident, enjoy a lunch date at a museum. Don't be afraid of going out for your solo date, just enjoy yourself.
It can sometimes be hard to find time for yourself. As a mom, it's important that you invest in self-care to feel your best. Self-care shouldn't be a one-time event, schedule time each month to refresh and reflect.
Natalie Cardona is a recent graduate of CUNY Baruch College. She has a BA in Digital Communications and Culture with a minor in law and policy.
She is currently pursuing a career in media and entertainment. She loves music, TV comedies, sports, and trying new cuisines and restaurants with friends.