Are you a busy mom who hardly has any time for themself? Have you been prioritizing your family’s needs over your own? Here are 10 realistic Spring self care ideas to help you relax, recharge, and prevent burnout in the future.
Spring has sprung, and I’m super excited because Spring is a season for rebirth, renewing, and rediscovery. It is so beautiful, full of life, and has new blooms. Spring is also a great time to practice self care to help you feel new and start the season off right.
Self care as a mom is essential
When you’re feeling run down, it’s tough to show up as your best self as a mom. You’re more likely to lose focus, make careless mistakes, and just generally not be as productive or happy as you could be.
That’s why it’s so important to make time for yourself, even if it means taking a small break to help improve your overall well-being. Self-care is essential for moms. It’s not selfish – it’s essential. When you’re feeling good, you’re more likely to have the energy and stamina to take care of your family.
Take care of yourself first, mama
When I became a mom, I completely lost myself in motherhood. Everything I did was prioritized around making my daughter happy. Let’s just say I reached my breaking point and realized just how unhealthy it was for me to cut ties with all my personal needs and wants.
Two additional kids and a huge therapy bill later, I now realize the importance of putting myself first. There’s a reason why you’re instructed to put your mask on first before helping others on a plane. You can’t help anyone else if you don’t have oxygen. That’s a key survival tip.
Spring Self Care Ideas to Help You Feel Renewed
As a busy mom, it can be difficult to find time for self care. However, taking care of yourself is important to ensure that you have the energy and stamina to take care of your family. Here are some simple spring self care ideas that can be easily incorporated into your busy schedule:
For some reason, moms on social media wear not showering for days as a badge of honor. But not taking care of yourself should not be celebrated. The least you can do daily is take a shower because there’s nothing better than feeling rejuvenated after a nice long, hot shower. Pick a time and be intentional about showering whether that’s by waking up early before the kids are up or at night once they are all in bed.
Take a walk outside
Did you know that getting fresh air and sunshine can help improve your mood and reduce stress? When I’m feeling down, the first thing I do is take a step outside. Almost instantly I begin to feel better and my day starts to turn around. Don’t underestimate the power of the sun.
Take a relaxing bath
Add some Epsom salt or essential oils to your bath to help soothe sore muscles and promote relaxation. For a little extra razzle dazzle you can bring in your favorite book, a glass of wine, or your Bluetooth speaker for a little entertainment.
Try a new hobby
Have you been wanting to try a new hobby? Find a creative outlet that you enjoy, such as painting, writing, or gardening. Taking time to do something you love can be a great way to reduce stress and improve your mood. And don’t feel bad for doing so.
Get enough sleep
Life with kids can be exhausting. That’s why it is so important that you make sure you’re getting enough rest each night. Aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night. If you have time throughout the day, sneaking in a little nap is beneficial as well.
Take a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness, such as deep breathing or meditation. This can help reduce stress and improve your mental well-being. If you’re religious, you can also read your Bible or start a new Bible study.
Connect with friends
If you recharge by connecting with others, spend time with friends and family who make you feel happy and supported. Social support is an important aspect of self care. This may not be helpful for introverts. Be sure to do what will actually make you feel better.
Take some time to do something just for yourself, such as getting a massage or buying yourself a small treat. We do so much for our kids day in and day out that we often forget to reward ourselves as well. Even something as simple as driving through and picking up your favorite Starbucks drink can make you feel so good.
Have a dance party
Turn on your favorite song and start dancing. Moving your body helps boost your mood and release tension. You can turn up the music and have a dance party at home, in the car, or while you’re out and about with family and friends.
Unplug from social media
Social media can be draining and cause you to compare yourself to what everyone else has going on. Comparison is the thief of joy. Enjoy being in the moment and take a small break from scrolling social media.
Mama, you can’t pour from an empty cup. If you’re not your best, you can’t be the best mom your kids need you to be. When you’re feeling good, you’re more likely to have the energy and stamina you need to take care of your family.
Remember that self care doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Simple actions can make a big difference in your overall well-being. So take some time for yourself to relax and recharge. You’ll be glad you did.
Do you prioritize self care? In what ways do you plan to practice self care this Spring?