It’s easy to think of self-care as the exclusive domain of pampering yourself, and there is no doubt that can be a part of it. But there are a multitude of other self-care activities outside of enjoying a bath or giving yourself an at-home facial. Self-care for moms especially needs to be quick and often can’t include a meandering bath—see our tips for luxurious showers when you can’t/don’t take baths.
The next time you’re short on time and need a boost of self-care for moms, try these easy 5 minute tips.
5 Minute Self-care for Moms
Secure the Children and Sit Outside
Whether you’re overwhelmed or anxious or just need a quick breather, even just a few minutes alone outside can be rejuvenating. If you have older children who can play unsupervised, leave them with an activity while you heat up your coffee and actually drink it warm for a change. Younger children are typically fine for a few minutes in a playpen or similar safe space.
A wise mom once told me, “No baby ever died from crying.”
Obviously, that’s barring situations of abuse or neglect, but crying itself is really okay. Take a few moments to get some alone time, count to 10, whatever you need to do to regroup. You’ll come in a better, more balanced mom for doing so.
Don’t Share the Chocolate
I have a bag of Lindt milk chocolate truffles the I keep in my kitchen. It is widely known that these are mommy’s special treats, and I don’t share unless it is a special occasion. My kids have learned that they aren’t entitled to a share of everything in the house and that mommies get special treats for their hard work.
I certainly don’t eat it in front of them—I’m not cruel—but I do enjoy having a treat in the house that’s just for me. It’s something I don’t have to share.
Ignore the Phone Call
Your mental health is of paramount importance. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so avoid letting other people drink all your cold coffee. Whether it’s your mom calling to finalize the plans you’ve already finalized three times or that one friend who calls with all the drama… give yourself permission to ignore it.
It takes just a few seconds and can save you a ton of mental energy. Call back your mom when you aren’t juggling 5 million other things and dinner and the kids. Text that friend instead or make the decision to eliminate a toxic relationship.
Just ignore the phone for a bit. Everything will be okay.
Do a Few Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations jolt your system into a state of self-awareness. This enables you to have more control over negative thoughts and adjust your view of yourself. The more positive thinking you do about yourself, the better you’ll feel.
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Get Up and Dance
I don’t know about you, but I often use music to either indulge or influence my mood. When I’m at my limit for the day or just plain cranky, I will often summon the kids into the kitchen for an impromptu dance party. They absolutely love it, and it helps me perk myself up.
This self-care activity for moms is especially good when you just don’t have the ability to get away for even a moment.
Choose a fun, upbeat song and turn it up! Get your kids involved and get silly. Dance around the room, sing together, twirl around each other, or copy the latest dance move your kids learned on YouTube—floss, I’m looking at you. When you’re overwhelmed or in a bad mood, it really helps you get out of your head and enjoy yourself for a few minutes.