Life can feel like a “one woman circus” for many moms at times since it is a constant juggling act of balancing a marriage, motherhood, career, and the home. With demands of everyday life, it is easy to neglect other aspects of our lives outside of family, work, and home, including practicing self-care. This is mostly due to the fact that some feel obligated to take care of everything else while putting their own needs on the back burner, while others may view self-care as an act of selfishness. Self-care is vital for our health and state of mind. It helps us become a better version of ourselves by helping us find balance, re-ignite a zest for life, de-stress, and gives us a sense of empowerment.
How to Make Time for Self-Care
Mark Twain said it best, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Traveling gave me experiences that I’ll cherish for a lifetime. It taught me lessons that couldn’t be seen from a different person’s perspective in a classroom, only my own. It helped foster a love for history, as well as an appreciation for architecture, nature, culture, food, and art. Traveling has also helped me broaden my perspective, value the things that are often taken for granted, overcome shyness, and generally taught me what textbooks could not. Studies have shown that traveling is not just good for leisure, but it’s beneficial for one’s health!
Stress can put a damper on anyone’s health! There are many natural and inexpensive ways to improve stress, such as yoga. There are several different styles of yoga. Some styles of yoga that reduce stress and anxiety while relaxing the mind and body are restorative yoga, hatha, and ashtanga. Yoga is beneficial for many things, though! One of my goals this year is to start taking yoga classes.
There’s no better feeling than helping those in need! There are plenty of ways to make a difference in the world: collecting donations for the homeless, organize a yard sale for charity, reading books to the elderly, coaching a local youth team, serving meals at a soup kitchen, tutoring a student – the list is endless!
My idea of treating myself usually means getting my hair trimmed and styled once a month, but once in awhile I’ll veer away from the norm and get a facial treatment or massage therapy. These type of pampering sessions may be luxurious but don’t always come with a steep price, thanks to Groupon since there’s a wide variety of Health, Beauty & Wellness Groupons!