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10 ways I practice self care daily since becoming a mom

There is no job more exhausting than being a mom. Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely rewarding but it’s also downright exhausting. All of our energy goes into caring for our families and making sure everyone is healthy and happy. As mom’s it’s natural we’re always doing for everyone else that so often our own self care takes the back burner.  But it’s like they say when you board the plane “put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others”. What good are you to everyone else if you’re not at 100% yourself?

If you go on the internet, you’ll see the term “self-care” all over. But self-care is more than just massages and bubble baths. (I love those things as much as the next woman trust me.) Self care is anything that re-fuels or re-charges you, mentally, physically or spiritually so that you can continue to give your best self. I’m sharing some simple ways you can add self care to your day to day routine.

Here are 10 ways I practice self care daily since becoming a mom:

 

1.) Enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea by yourself – That first morning cup of coffee, alone and in silence, it’s sacred. That’s my me-time. My husband knows that if he or my son happen to wake up early, to stay in bed and give me my time alone.

 

2.) Get dressed in the morning – I don’t get all fancy, but putting on jeans and a top, doing my hair and throwing on some concealer and mascara makes me feel like a decent human. Think of when you were on maternity leave, hadn’t showered in a week and wore that same pair of leggings for the 5th day in a row how you felt. The power of a hot shower, real clothes and a little makeup does wonders for your mental health.

 

3.) Clean or organize something – For me, having a clean home is like my xanax. Now, don’t get confused, my house is in no way spotless. I’m not on my hands and knees scrubbing or vacuuming every day (that’s why I have a Roomba). But daily I go through our common living spaces and put things away to get rid of the clutter and keep it organized. Looking at things scattered around my house makes my brain feel scattered and anxious vs when things are orderly bringing a sense of calm.

 

4.) Cook or bake something – For some people this may seem like more work so if that’s you, then don’t do it. I love being in my kitchen. On my days off I love to either bake a yummy treat to have in the house (try my version of Joanna Gaines’ lemon poppyseed bread) or try a new recipe for dinner. It’s fun for me and makes me feel like I accomplished something.

 

5.) Practice gratitude – Each morning, usually during my morning coffee, I think about the things that I am grateful for and everything I have. When things start to go a little sideways, I bring myself back to that mental list and remind myself of all I have to be thankful for.

 

6.) Read a book or listen to a podcast – Reading is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I love to lay down with a good book and flip through the pages, getting lost in the story. It doesn’t have to be a book. You can read a magazine or a few articles from a favorite blog. I love The EveryMom and Nesting With Grace. You can also listen to a favorite podcast.

 

7.) Do some goal setting or daydream – I do this during my morning coffee (see why that time is so sacred?).  Sometimes it’s just daydreaming about a nice vacation or thinking about projects I want to do around the house to make our home my dream home. Other mornings it’s literally writing down things that I want to accomplish that day.

 

8.) Laugh – whether it’s laughing at myself or something my son said or did, I try to find the humor in daily situations.

 

9.) Say No – This was something I was lucky to learn a few years ago at a time when I felt like I was being stretched too thin. I’m a natural people pleaser and I like to make people happy. But if it doesn’t make you happy or stresses you out, it’s ok to say no to things.

 

10.) Go to bed early – Nothing recharges you like a good night’s sleep which since entering motherhood is few and far between. A couple night’s a week, I go to bed early before anyone else, leaving my hubby to do bedtime duty. I’ve been doing this since I was in college. When I was home from school it was a little joke with my parents that “I was retreating for the night”.  But that’s just what it is, my retreat. Some nights I read or meditate or doing nothing at all and just let my mind veg out. It’s a nice way to end the day and quiet the mind from all the constant thinking and worrying.

 

What are some of your favorite ways to practice self care?

 

 

10 self care ideas for moms

4 In hygge/ intentional living

10 ways to hygge your life

coffee hygge

Have you heard of this “hygge trend” that’s all over the internet? I have been seeing it all over social media, people sharing pics of their coffee and candles and blankets and I’m over here like “WTF is hygge?”

Basically hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish way of living. The word itself means “well-being” in Norwegian. For the Danes, hygge is a way to take time to slow down, enjoy the simple things and time with loved ones.  If you didn’t read my first post of 2018, my word for this year is “intentional” – being mindful in all that you do and paying attention to what makes us feel good”. Seriously, life is so stressful these days so naturally, I totally had to jump on this “hygge” bandwagon.

I have gathered up some of the best ideas on ways you can add more hygge to your life:
 Disclaimer – this post contains affiliate links

hygge home life

 1.) Set the ambiance. We’re talking candles, candles, everywhere. And when in doubt, light more candles and string some fairy lights.

2.)  Curl up with comfy socks and blankets, a warm beverage and read a book for pleasure. Or order some takeout and binge on your favorite Netflix series.

3.) Bake your favorite homemade treats. The smell will make the house smell amazing and spark some memories.

4.) Buy yourself some nice fresh cut flowers or add some greenery to your inside space.

5.) Put away your phones and have a game night with family and friends.

6.) Take time to linger. Whether it be linger in bed in the morning and just take a few extra minutes to yourself or after a meal with friends.

7.) Light a fire and take some time to write down a few things that you are grateful for.

8.) Light those candles, play some soft music and do something creative like knit a scarf or do some scrapbooking.

9.) Make a comforting meal and dine with your family or have some of your closest friends over. Reminisce about some of your favorite memories together.

10.) Indulge yourself. Whether it be a mental health day from work, or a spa day at home. Do what makes your soul happy!


Check out these must-have hygge essentials

1.) Book of hygge

2.) Twinkly fairy lights

string lights

 

3.) Textured blankets

hygge

4.) Cup of Hygge

hygge

So go ahead and use this post for inspiration and pin it for later. Have you tried the hygge trend?

0 In chemical free/ intentional living/ self care

4 Reasons You’ll love Float Therapy

self care

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Requiescent Float Center however all thoughts are my own. 

Last week I tried something totally new and hung out in a float tank at Requiescent Float Center in Ballston Spa.  If you haven’t heard of float therapy, it’s also referred to as sensory deprivation therapy. Basically you float in a dark tank of water filled over with 1,000 lbs of epsom salts and are forced to relax and shut out the outside world for awhile.

As someone who suffers from anxiety and is a constant worry wart, I have tried several cognitive behavioral techniques whenever I feel myself getting stressed.  I have to admit, when I saw the tank I was very skeptical, what was I going to do for an hour while I floated? I totally unplugged and it was the most relaxing experience I ever had.  Here are 4 reasons you will love float therapy:

1.) Eases sore, tense muscles – Thanks to the epsom salt, your body is totally weightless, taking pressure off of any tense or painful areas.  It also helps to promote circulation and reduce inflammation.  Many athletes swear by floating to help their muscles recover.  My body felt like jello afterwards.

2.) Detoxes the body -The magnesium and elements from the epsom salt are absorbed into the body and help draw out any toxins allowing your body to heal itself.

3.) Relaxation – It has been said that floating helps the brain get to the “theta state” which is a state of deep meditation and relaxation.  The first few minutes into my session I was beginning to think I was going to have a hard time shutting off my mind, but once I got into it, I completely got in the zone. It was the most relaxed I’ve been in a long long time.  I slept like a baby that night and felt much calmer for the next few days.

4.) Me time – This year one of my intentions was to practice self-care and make time for myself each day (read more about my intentions).  Once in the tank, it is dark, except for some twinkling lights on the ceiling that you can shut off if you choose. The temperature of the water and the air is the same temperature as your body and it is pure quiet.  So quiet in fact all I could hear was my own heartbeat.  I was totally in tune to my body and my thoughts.

Overall I had a great experience floating. If you haven’t tried it, I encourage you to check it out for yourself.  It’s a nice change of pace from all of the sensory overload we experience on a daily basis and a great way to get in touch with yourself.   Thanks for an awesome experience Eric at Requiescent! I will definitely be back!

 

5 In 2018/ intentional living

2018 – a year of intentional living

2018 intentions goals

Happy 2018! I don’t know about you all but I am thankful for a fresh start! This year I’ve decided to ditch those resolutions and instead focus on a word or theme for the year. 

For me, 2017 was a year of becoming mom – a whirlwind of diapers, laundry, dealing with mom guilt and postpartum anxiety, learning how to balance motherhood with my career and relationships.  I learned alot my first year of motherhood (you can read about those lessons here), but one of the most important things I learned was to SLOW DOWN.

So for 2018, this year my word/theme is intentional being purposeful and living by one’s values and beliefs.

So here are my 2018 intentions:

1.) Spend more time on loved ones and experiences. – Focusing more on having meaningful and intentional interactions with my loved ones and making memorable experiences.

2.) Do one thing for myself each day and practice self care. – Whether it be a a walk to feel the sunshine on my face or curling up with a blanket and enjoying a cup of coffee, I’m going to allow myself 30 minutes each day for self-reflection and me time.

3.) Nourish and be kind to my mind and body -Being mindful of things I put into my body, being forgiving to myself, knowing my worth and allowing my mind time to rest.

4.) Focus on the positive – and let go of anything negative or that brings me down.

What is your word/theme or some of your intentions for 2018?

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, intentional year!

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