We all have those days. Those days where our babies or toddlers won’t nap, nothing has gotten done, and by the time it hits 2 O’Clock, our exhaustion is at its finest! At this point in time we feel alone, sometimes a bit helpless, and really all we want is a glass of wine or a cup of coffee (OR BOTH!!!). We want to feel just the least bit of accomplishment from our unaccomplished day. We all go through those days!
The feeling of un-accomplishment on hard mom days like that does, indeed, stem from the true fact of not getting anything done because of this, that, and the other. However, more than that, it stems from the fact that our mommy-brains and bodies are running on empty!
The good news is, is that an easy way to fix this emptiness is simple and requires only enjoyment! Yes, you heard me! ONLY. ENJOYMENT.
I’m talking about self-care, Mama!
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “I absolutely do not have time to take a bubble bath and put on a face mask in the middle of a hard day!” Well, I’m glad you got that cat out of the bag because I DON’T EITHER!
I’m talking about the kind of self-care that you can show your mombod in the midst of the hardest of days. The kind that doesn’t require dropping motherhood to soak in a bubble bath or running away on a solo shopping spree (although don’t get me wrong, that can be useful too). I’m talking the kind of self-care that fits into the small, simple moments of motherhood and is easy and enjoyable to do.
In this post, you will find 5 Ways To Show Your Mombod Self-Care and easy ways to implement them into your life. It is important to note that you do not have to try all of them at once. Motherhood isn’t about overachieving, but rather finding enjoyment in the simplest moments. These 5 ways are examples of how to refuel your soul in order to do just that!
1. Wake Up For You
If you set your alarm in order to get up early and tackle the mountain of laundry that you dread doing every Wednesday, chances are, that dreaded feeling will stick with you throughout the rest of your day.
Instead of going straight to the laundry, do something for yourself before. It doesn’t have to be big or in any certain form, but this is a great way to set the tone of your day by fueling yourself with some “you time”.
A couple of examples of this are waking up, making your favorite warm drink, and reading your devotional or it simply could be taking a moment to sit in the quiet and recenter yourself. Like I said, “you time” doesn’t have to come in any certain form. It just needs to be enjoyable to you!
2. Sleep In With Your Kiddos
On the contrary, sometimes we are just plain TIRED and need some extra rest. With that said, a great and productive (yes, I’m calling sleep productive) way to show your mombod self-care is to not get up before your kids and sleep in with them.
Now, this practice will most likely not be a great one for every day as mom life sometimes just requires more hours in the day. However, this is a great way to show yourself some love and refuel your energy.
Restoration is, indeed, one of the most important elements of a healthy life. Take it where you can get it, Mama!
3. Take Baby For A Walk + Listen To A Podcast
Outside time can do you great justice when you are in need of self-care. Taking your baby or toddler for a walk is a great way to get moving, increase your endorphins, and change your scenery.
BONUS, listening to a podcast is a great way to make this a more you-centered action while still being a present mama.
4. Go To The Park With A Mommy Friend
A lot of times, as moms, we get stuck in our own heads and moods. Going to the park (or anywhere rather) with a mommy friend is a wonderful way to release the tension we tend to hold from holding the world on our shoulders and find relatability in them.
Not only does going to the park with a fellow mommy friend get you out of the house but it also encourages her to do the same. Chances are that she needs it just as much as you.
5. Get Moving In The Most Enjoyable Way Possible
When mom life’s got you overwhelmed, get moving.
Here is where I say, “Yes, doing a challenging workout is good for you during this time.” Sometimes you NEED to challenge yourself after a day full of laundry folding.
Getting moving does not have to come in any specific form to provide benefit to you. Always, in these moments of needing self-care, it is best to do what is enjoyable to you. So if what is enjoyable to you is having a dance party with your toddler…DO IT! If that is having a stretch session…DO THAT TOO!
I’ve mentioned in many different ways that self-care does not have to come in any specific form. Many mamas get caught up in the Instagram-worthy self-care routines and think, “How the hell am I supposed to sit in a bathtub without my toddler climbing in with me?” and just give up.
You don’t have too, Mama. You do what works for you and your current situation. Do not compare yourself to what other mamas are doing. (I know that can be tricky).
Remember that it’s okay for self-care to be messy and a little bit all over the place. With that said, just be sure that whatever you do, you enjoy it and it adds to how you feel and your energy!
I have some exciting news! If you struggle with feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, and exhausted when it comes to working out and eating healthy or struggle to balance a fitness routine and your busy schedule at the same time, I’m going to be honest, you’re probably not seeing great results…
The good news is,
is that I just launched my 6-Week Love Your Healthy Life; Transformation Program for moms! In this program I will help you develop a healthy workout and eating routine that fits YOUR lifestyle, give you all of the tools to effectively listen to your mombod in order to see the best results, deliver 6 weeks of functional, mama-specialized workouts and alternative workout ideas to do with your baby/toddler, and teach you how to eat according to your body and your situation. The Love Your Healthy Life Program was created to help you achieve (and share with your littles) a truly healthy lifestyle that you love and wake up every day at peace with.