~A Guest Post by Laura at The Mindful Mom Blographer~

Sometimes life can be hard, especially as a mom. I am a mom to a very active toddler and I get it. Us moms are constantly being pulled in multiple directions and have countless items on our to-do list. Often, time for ourselves gets put on the back burner, even though we know it shouldn’t. However, research has shown how important self-care is to our mental and physical health. And I think as moms, we know how much a little time to ourselves can be beneficial.

Maybe one of your goals/resolutions for 2018 is to incorporate more self-care into your life. I made this a goal for myself mid-summer of 2017 (hey, you can set resolutions/goals any time of the year!), after I was beyond burnt out after a few really stressful months. The key for me to sticking with it was to start small with the amount of time I allocated daily and the activities I did. Once I had created the habit, then I increased to longer amounts of time. And while I do try really hard to stick to my ‘me’ time, there are some days where I don’t take the time I know I should for myself. On those days, I look to certain things I know will boost my mood if I’m stressed, anxious, frustrated, etc, because that helps too!

The following are 5 small, doable and easy self care tips and mood boosters that you can implement today!

 

Say No

A great way to reduce the constant pull of motherhood is to reduce the amount of things, well, pulling at us. Places to be, people to see, chores to do, meals to make, the list goes on and on.  What are some things you can say no to? For my family, this means limiting my son to one co-curricular activity at a time. It means not saying yes to everything we get invited to. Does this come easy? No, especially not at first. But it’s worth having time to do the things you really want to do, including taking some time for self-care! Knowing you have time and space in your calendar to do the things you love doing is a huge mood booster as well.

Schedule “Me” Time

I’m someone that likes to put everything on my calendar to help stayed organized. I know that if I have something scheduled, I tend to stick with it. Knowing this about myself, it was a mind blowing moment when I realized I should be scheduling things on my calendar that may or may not be ‘traditional activities’. Activities such as ‘me-time’ and family time, for example. Doing this has been a game changer for me because as I mentioned before, once something is on my calendar, I stick with it! I treat it like any other commitment and this has made all the difference.

 

Random Acts of Kindness

If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or burnt out, the last thing on your mind may be may be paying it forward. However, I have found that when I’m in the zone of feeling stressed, that is the perfect time to show someone else some kindness. The great thing about paying it forward is that it doesn’t require a lot of resources, and can be done almost anywhere. Plus, doing so makes you feel great and will definitely improve your mood!

Spend Time Outside

If you’re in need of a quick mood booster, stepping outside is sure to do the trick. My experience is that spending even just a few minutes outside can improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Take a quick walk around the block, spend time in your backyard, or even just pause in front of a sunny window. Even just looking at a photograph of nature can help!

 

Gratitude

Practicing gratitude is a great way to indulge in some self care AND a great mood booster. Gratitude is great for overall mental health, and training your mind to see the positive in situations by putting things in perspective. The really great thing about it only takes a few minutes a day! Set aside 5-10 minutes and write down three things you are thankful for and why. After I started this, in just a few days I was already noticing a positive mindshift change! If I’m having a really bad day or feeling stressed out, I quickly run through a couple of things I’m thankful for and it helps me determine whether or not the situation is something I should really be putting a lot of energy/emotions into.

 

What is your favorite self-care tip and mood booster? Let me know in the comments!

All photo credit: Ld Nature Photography

Laura Dee is a mom, wife, nature photographer, proud Minnesotan, outdoor enthusiast, self-care advocate, blogger, food lover, mantra say-er, cat and dog owner, part minimalist, gardener, pay-it-forward lover and so much more. Laura’s goal is to help you live the most mindful and intentional life you want, using resources you have available! Check out her blog, The Mindful Mom Blographer, and follow her on social media below! 

21 Comments

  1. I spend a lot of time outside these days because it helps me a lot too. My toddler also loves to be outside, so that’s a plus too.

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  2. Amen to gratitude!! I’m a firm believer in writing down the things you’re thankful for, and focusing on the positive.

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  3. Yessssssssss! I couldn’t agree more. Don’t be afraid to say no! So many times we overwhelm ourselves by stretching ourselves too thin.

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  4. I love all of these ideas! I keep a gratitude journal and love going back to reread it.

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  5. Spending time outside is my best booster. Even when it is bitter cold out, I’m always revived if I will go out for just a few minutes!

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  6. I love these tips. I really need to practice this more. I always blame it on “I’m so busy this month but maybe next month I’ll do something for myself” and I never do. I always feel like if I’m not doing something productive, then I’m wasting time. I don’t even sleep more than five hours a night because I feel like sleep is a waste of time! Lol I know this isn’t true and we need our sleep. Then I get completely overwhelmed and I burn out and then I get mad at myself for that even though when I think about it, I know exactly what causes it! I need to remember that it’s okay to take a break. I have a serious workaholic mindset and I need to chill tf out lol. Thank you for these tips! I really need to take your advice.

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  7. Agree. Self-care is important as we can’t pour from an empty cup. Other self-care routines (on top of the above) that I’d like to do are listening to inspiring Christian musics, yoga, and journaling.

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  8. I honestly never have the me-time. And it shows in the way I’m sometimes so tired and drained. I will be trying your tips. Thanks

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  9. Learning when to say no is so important!

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  10. Naps and saying no are key!

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  11. I think these are great tips even when you’re not a mum 😉 I especially want to learn to practice more gratitude this year I think it’s really important to know what you have 🙂

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  12. I love these tips! I started a gratitude journal last year and plan to continue it this year. This year I am also going to be saying “no” more often.

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  13. I have no problem saying no and letting things go when necessary. One thing I recently changed was packing lunches. Instead of cooking my husband and I just take frozen meals to work. It’s not as healthy but it saves time.

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  14. I agree with you on each and every one of these! I also set aside time for a bubble bath. I play spa music and just relax. This helps me most when I feel I’m being pulled into many directions – and I am able to pull myself together.

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  15. I love that these are so realistic and doable! One of my favorite “me time” mood boosters is to treat myself to lunch every now and then at Panera. It’s so nice to just have someone make a yummy salad for me, relax and eat it while I read or whatever, and then not have to clean up! What a luxury! 🙂

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  16. The only one that I really skip, not even thinking about it, are the acts of kindness. I should start paying attention to notice situations when I can do it.

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  17. I love the “Say No.” That was the hardest thing for me as a new mom but once I learned I didn’t have to do everything, it was so freeing!

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