~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!
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!
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!
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