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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.

2. Journaling

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

3. Exercise

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.

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