“Put your own oxygen mask before assisting others”. I’ll admit, that does sounds really cliché. We understand the theory behind this statement all too well, but as we are living out our daily life (which is usually very busy and even chaotic at times!) we find our personal wellbeing as the last thing on the to do list, or the thing that is continually postponed.
Most people think of bubble baths, massages, facials, or gym classes when they think of self-care. Yes, these activities may be relaxing or good for your health, but this isn’t what I’m talking about. What busy mums need is time and space to reconnect with themselves – who they are, what their values are, what brings them joy or even healing. Self-care activities that achieve this may be guided meditation, writing in a journal or diary, walking in nature, reading a book or just laying on the couch doing nothing. You may feel uncomfortable and even guilty when you first start these type of activities, as the time may feel unproductive. However, being busy, stressed or overwhelmed can dramatically impact our health and these type of activities will restore balance to our central nervous system, and are therefore, incredibly productive for your mind and body.
We know that self-care is important, but how can we make more time for ourselves and still be the attentive and loving mother we desire to be?
Carve Out a Regular Timeslot in Your Routine