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We Moms need to practice more Self-Care

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Self-care.  It’s something we hear about all the time.  It’s also something that we all know we don’t practice enough. Between relationships with our significant other, plus, you know… being a mother, and then trying to establish friendships of our own… it’s no wonder that we get lost in the shuffle.

We lose sight of what matters. 

We lose sight of ourselves.

We lose our identities.

So… knowing the reality of being a mama, what do we do next?
How can we break this habit of, well… not making it a habit to take care of ourselves?

Having suffered from pre- and postpartum depression, after years of silent anxiety, I’m finally at the point where I’ve reached my limit.  I no longer want to push myself to the side.  Not that my husband and kids aren’t priorities.  But, more so as a reminder to myself that I can’t be the best I can be for them.

Rather than viewing self-care as selfish, I need to see it as a stepping stone.
A stepping stone to something more – a new beginning.
A new me, in a way.

I get it… that sounds super cliche, and cheesy.
But, that’s actually okay with me.  Because, sometimes we need that cliche, and a little extra cheese. It’s something that’s so well known, but infrequently implemented. 

Self-care isn’t just pampering ourselves.
It’s not just getting our nails done.
Or a facial.

It’s something that needs to start deep.  At our very core.

We all know that, if we have a friend that’s burnt out, and barely surviving.  It breaks our hearts.  We want to help them, but we aren’t sure how to go about it.  So, we check in with them.  We ask those questions that we know will hit the right buttons, in order to get them to open up… to dig deeper.

My question is… why don’t we do this for ourselves?
Why don’t we take that time to stop, ask ourselves those pointed questions, to make us open up… to ourselves?

Mama… you are worth it.
You are worth that 5 minute check-in.
You are worth investing that time into yourself.

This is my challenge to you:

Stop, and think.
Think about where you want to be in a month.
Yes… just a month.  Not a year, or 5 years.  Not that it isn’t important to think about the big picture, but sometimes that’s not all that doable.  We get so focused on our current circumstances and are overwhelmed.  There is so much to do, that we feel we need to change.  To improve.  To do better.

We beat ourselves up.  We criticize every little bit of ourselves, down to that greying hair that’s on the top of our head.  I know I’m not alone in this.  If it wasn’t for the regular interruptions from my kids, I could easily spend too much time in front of the mirror, finding all my imperfections.

It’s time to stop.
Stop with the criticizing.
The blatant hate for ourselves.
And, it’s time to start.
Start investing in yourself.
Start checking in with yourself. Here is your free daily check-in sheet from me to you!

Mama… this is your starting point.

Make today that new beginning you’ve been longing for, all along.

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Sarah has been married for 10 years to her nerdy hubby, and a mum to a crazy-smart 6 year-old son, and intensely beautiful 4 year-old daughter. Being a stay-at-home mum, and having struggled with postpartum depression and anxiety, she’s been realizing the importance of proper self-care more than ever.  She is passionate about writing, and using her words to process what she thinks/feels.  Her hope is to help other mamas discover their worth, by sharing her story. You can find her MPM store here and you can follow her on IG here

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