5 Daily Self Care Tips for Busy Moms
What is Self Care?
Self care is anything you do that addresses your emotional, mental, and physical health. It is really a simple thing, but I think that many people think the only way to self care is going to get a massage. As a busy mom, it is so hard to make time for that (even though I LOVE them) and it can sometimes make me feel selfish. If you are feeling guilty about doing self care, then you are defeating the purpose of it.
Here are 5 ideas that you can implement self care into your daily routine:
1. Wake an hour earlier than everyone in your house and write three things you are grateful for. Starting your day with gratitude is the best way to get your emotional and mental state ready for the day. You could also spend this time reading a book that you have been wanting to read, do a Bible study, journaling, enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, or doing yoga stretches to prepare your physical body for the day. I know this is not an easy task to complete when you are an already tired mama, but I will tell you, once you make this a habit you will feel more energy through the day and you will be more prepared to tackle the day with your kids. Essential oils that I use during this time of the day are oils that are grounding and energizing. I like to pair Balance® Grounding Blend with Bergamot citrus oil to awaken the mind and set my intentions so that I can take full advantage of the short amount of time that I have to myself.
2. Wash your face, get a mini massage. The time you spend to wash your face in the morning and at night is the perfect time to get a mini massage. You can make this an invigorating, energizing massage for the morning or a soothing and relaxing massage in the evening. Use an unscented lotion, carrier oil, or what ever you have and add 1-2 drops of essential oils of your choosing. (I like the Invigorating® blend in the morning and the Restful® blend at night). Start at your feet and massage upward toward your calves, gently getting into the muscles in a circular pattern. Continue upward to your thighs and abdomen. Massage the forearms, chest, and neck/décolletage.
3. If (and this is a big IF and may not happen everyday) you get a moment to yourself to go to the bathroom without a crew of people, take a moment to lock the door and focus on yourself for a few seconds. Do a few stretches to get your blood pumping so you can be more alert and present. This is my favorite time to check in with myself about my emotions. How have I been handling the day? Are the kids running me? Do I feel like I am just in survival mode? For moments where I need to keep my composure (that seem oh so frequent), I like to use Peace® Reassuring blend. Even just a few deep breaths, if you don't have essential oils, can help you on the composed path.
4. Somedays are chaos and you are running across town picking kids up from school and taking them to their extra curricular activities, which typically requires you to be in multiple places at the same time. Then you might have to run to the grocery store in between picking kids up, rushing home to get a meal prepared so that the kids can complete their homework and get to bed at a decent time, and you are left at the end frazzled (just me?) and exhausted. During these days when its constant go-go-go and I can't seem to catch a breath, I do just that. I take a few moments before I get out of my car and I put a few drops of Breathe® Respiratory blend on my hand, rub them together and bring to my nose and take big deep cleansing breaths. This tends to give me clarity and focus to do the tasks that I need to do. Also, the respiratory blend emotionally helps lift the weight you feel when chaos consumes you.
5. End of the day baths are my bff. I am a bath person, but that never happens when the kids are awake. I love to relax with a great podcast, and audio book, or inspirational music while lying back and taking a mental note of a few things that I was grateful for that day. Some items that I add to my bath to help me release emotional blocks or toxins that have built up are epsom salt, baking soda, and a few essential oils. Epsom salt isn't just any salt (not like the salt you cook with that can be either highly processed and deplete of minerals, or contain many different minerals- like in sea salt), it is magnesium sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy way to get a multitude of health benefits while also getting some self care in. Magnesium is an important mineral in the body and helps regulate enzymes, helps reduce inflammation, and is soothing to muscles. Baking soda can help alkalinize your body and promote release of toxins built up in the body. Essential oils are a wonderful addition to a bath to help relax the muscles and emotions. My favorite essential oils to add to my nighttime bath are: Frankincense, Marjoram, and Eucalyptus.
Get your self care on!
You are now ready to start implementing a few of these items. My desire is for us all to be our best selves and the easiest way to start that path is do something for yourself to feel good. When we feel good, we do good. Self care is not selfish, it is essential! If you are new to essential oils and want more information, click the link below!
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