The past two weeks have been pretty hectic for me. Work is finally picking up, which I’m extremely grateful for. But I’m presently in a position where I’m struggling fiercely to balance being a stay at home mom and an entrepreneur. I remember thinking to myself that I’m going to have a burn out if things continued the way they were. My experience has inspired me to write this post.
Although we don’t all have the same challenges, we typically have one thing in common. We all need some time out to recharge our batteries. Easier said than done right? Mom guilt always gets the best of us, but our children rightfully deserve the best version of their mamas. Motherhood is beautiful and exhausting at the same damn time. Although there are many, today I would like to share with you 5 powerful ways to practice self-care.
Run errands alone
My four-year-old and I are joined at the hip, so it’s either she’s at school or she’s with me. She’s just not interested in spending time with anyone else, and it can be exhausting. I know I’ll regret uttering these words when she’s 16 and on a mission to intentionally avoid me like the plague, but hey…this mama is tired. Consequently, a solo trip to the local grocery store is a rare luxury for me, and I will grab any opportunity I get.
Ask for help
My parents used to ship us off to my maternal grandparents’ farm during the December holidays, I lived for those days. We would herd cows, carefully collect chicken eggs and our glorious days would end with us sitting contentedly around the fire listening to my grandfather’s enchanting stories. Those were the best times of my childhood. It took me a while to figure out that my parents sent us off so they could spend time alone. That was undoubtedly their version of self-care. Now if that’s not a viable option for you, I’m sure you have family or friends that you sincerely trust who could take care of your little ones for a couple of hours whilst you recharge your batteries. My older sister is my go to person in this case. Her kids are the same age as mine which naturally makes it easier for everyone.
I’ve adopted the habit of writing down things that I’m grateful for as often as I can. The beauty of practicing gratitude is that it automatically forces you to focus on the positives in your life. It’s a simple way to lift your mood.
I’ve been secretly dreaming about a solo staycation for a couple of weeks now. I have it all figured out, it would kick off with a late breakfast in bed, followed by a good book, maybe a little bit of writing and of course a few naps in between. I haven’t shared this with anyone, my husband will find out about it when he reads this post! Will keep you posted!
Go to bed early
I’m certain I’m not the only mom that gets tempted to stay up once the kids are asleep so that I can catch up on my favourite series. Don’t fall into that trap! Try getting at least 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night, of course life happens and it’s sometimes not possible. When I do manage to get enough sleep, I find that I’m more productive, calm and my creative juices overflow.
There you have it, 5 powerful ways to practice self-care. It’s clear that it’s the small things that make a huge difference. You just need to genuinely commit to taking time out once in a while to center yourself. How do you practice self-care? Let me know in the comments below.
Photography: Elsie Baker