Simple Self-Care: How To Fit It In
Guest post by women's health expert, Dr. Potter
Self-care is one of the most important things a mother can do for her whole family. At first thought, taking time for self-care may seem selfish and unimportant. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!
If mothers don’t take time to fill their own cups, it’s all too easy to become irritable, overwhelmed and frustrated.
So why hear about self-care from a doctor?
Because not only does self-care help you feel more at ease and centered, it also supports your health. When you take time for yourself, this in turn will help lower your stress hormones and trigger a cascade of health benefits. You will see improvements like balanced blood sugar, reduced sugar cravings, and increased energy. Who doesn't want that?!?
The most difficult part about starting a self-care routine is, of course, finding time. I get it! You have meals to cook and your family to take care of.
3 tips to help you fit in self-care seamlessly into your full life:
1. Keep it simple
Self-care doesn’t have to be a full day at the spa (although if you’re drawn to that, go for it!). When you’re so busy, it can look as simple as sitting and drinking a cup of tea, or just walking outside to get a breath of fresh air. The most important part is shifting your mindset and remembering that these moments are powerful forms of self-care, no matter how small.
2. Start a routine
Once you’ve created space for something to happen, it will happen! To get into a rhythm, start scheduling time for you in a way that feels sustainable. Maybe it’s a morning by yourself once a month, or a walk once a week. Maybe it’s 10 minutes a day of quiet time. If you have a calendar, write it down! Once you get in to the habit of your self-care, you will notice a marked difference when it doesn’t happen.
3. Involve the family
The best way to teach your kids about self-care is to show them. Make it fun by providing them with a special activity to do while you take a minute for yourself. If your kids are old enough, talk with them about why you’re doing this and explain the importance of self-care.
Remember that self-care has a positive ripple effect on your family, so you’re not only doing this for you. You’re also doing it for the betterment of your family.
Check out Dr. Potter's blog for more self-care inspiration!
Dr. Potter is a women’s health doctor specializing in supporting and caring for postpartum women. She helps mothers by using gentle and effective treatments that give them energy, peace of mind and confidence as they navigate life with a new baby.