Do you take care of everyone else but yourself? Learn why self care for moms is important, and the simple changes you can make to better care for yourself. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Activia Probiotic Yogurt. All opinions are 100% mine.
Your head is likely floating with too many thoughts, to-dos and tasks. For instance, in mine, you might hear:
Bring a fruit platter to the kiddo’s class picnic.
Collect recipes for next week’s meals.
Pay the phone bill.
Schedule dentist appointments.
Our time is so consumed with others, we forget to take care of ourselves.
Think about it: We speed through taking a shower in case someone needs something in the meantime. We scarf down meals so we can focus on feeding the baby. And we fork over money for the kids’ swim lessons while canceling our own gym memberships (Who has the time to go to the gym?).
Thing is, focusing on everyone else instead of prioritizing ourselves actually does our loved ones more harm than good. How?
- We feel burned out. We may be able to get things done the first several times, but we eventually hit a ceiling. Neglecting to care for ourselves isn’t sustainable.
- We resent parenthood. Long gone are the joyful moments spent with kids. Instead, we’re all about survival mode or cramming as many things on a given day.
- We’re not able to be present. The exhaustion takes a toll on the way we raise our kids. They start to test our patience all while we lose our tempers.
The importance of self care for moms
Let’s turn this around and look at motherhood in a new light. Instead of focusing so much on everyone else, let’s bring that attention right back on ourselves. Take care of what’s inside, even if just so you can better take care of your loved ones.
Below are different ways to practice self care:
Self care for moms starts with your mind. Focus on reducing and preventing chronic stress in your life, whether at work, at home or within yourself. Avoid the triggers that cause you to feel stressed and anxious, and spend more time on those that lighten your load.
Then, challenge yourself, both in big ways and small. Silence that inner critic that scares you from taking action and holds you back.
For the longest time, I held back from exercising. I figured I didn’t need to lose too much weight, I eat well, I don’t have time, and I’ve got plenty of years ahead of me, right?
Except exercise is so important for self care that everything else—from your happiness to reaching your goals—hinges on how healthy you are.
No matter how busy your schedule, make exercise a priority. Yes, even if you’re caring for a baby or coming home from a long work day. Find the pockets of time to fit exercise in. Your whole day can be much more productive with regular exercise.
As we get older, our social ties seem to dwindle. We have less time and more duties, or simply move away from friends and loved ones.
But finding time to reconnect with those around us is key for self care. Don’t neglect your relationship with your partner, and instead find ways to open communication on a daily basis. Reach out to local friends and family for monthly lunches, or give them a call to catch up.
Wading through motherhood can feel lonely and scary without the support of our social networks.
What we eat affects how well we feel. We are what we eat, after all. So much so that digestion issues can contribute to symptoms like gas, bloating or that groggy feeling you can’t shake. These are symptoms you may have dismissed as inevitable or simply a part of life.
Turns out we actually have neurons in our gut, or a “gut brain connection.” Think about all those times you got “butterflies” in your stomach, or how your brain knows when you’re full (those neurons in the gut tell them!).
Your gut can have an impact on your mind.
If you find yourself struggling with minor digestive discomfort, like gas, bloating, rumbling and abdominal discomfort, eating Activia lowfat or nonfat yogurt or dairy drinks twice a day for two weeks may be able to help reduce the frequency of these symptoms when eaten as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Self care for moms is important and also so simple.
Make regular exercise a part of your routine, which can also help you manage stress and feel more accomplished. Schedule time to call or hang out with friends and loved ones. And eat well, starting with adding probiotics to your healthy lifestyle with Activia..
When you feel good inside, you’re being your best for the ones you love. Take the time to take care of what’s inside to better care for your loved ones.