As we enter Self-Care September 2021, it’s imperative to be reminded of the importance of putting our mental, emotional and physical care first. We all know the expression we hear on planes prior to taking off, “Put your oxygen mask on first before assisting others.” Why? Simply put, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, your ability to care for or even support others will be compromised. Moms, I’m talking to you…your self-care is necessary in the journey you have in raising your children. Moms notoriously put themselves at the bottom of the priority list (or very near the bottom). While taking care of others first may seem like the noble and right thing to do, it doesn’t serve you (or your kids) in the long run. Here are a few things to keep in mind as we commit to ourselves this Self-Care September as moms:
Your Wellbeing Serves Those Around You.
We all know that when we feel strong, confident, capable, and healthy, we rise to whatever occasion we are presented with. With a positive and “fed” disposition, the challenges all around us feel more achievable. Our strength allows for better patience and perspective. We show up better for others. Moms, think of it as an act of love for your children to take care of yourself for them. Your physical, mental, and emotional health is a gift to you, your children, and the communities around you.
Be The Example.
Moms, your children look to you as their teacher, their example of what and how things are done—whether you realize it or not, they are usually watching. When you constantly put yourself last, when you diminish your needs or your health, they see it. Oftentimes, moms have the mindset that if our actions directly affect our kids, we put a higher priority on them. Think about the role-modeling you are doing for your kids to one day put themselves first in their own lives. I imagine it might break your heart to picture your kids putting themselves at the bottom of their own life priorities. Our demonstration of self-love and self-care gives them permission or inspiration to do the same in their lives.
Commit to Small Acts of Daily Self-Care.
We know that success begets success. When we feel successful immediately when performing an act, that confirmation or internal celebration often leads to future commitment or repetition. Find small ways to care for yourself (occasionally with your kids witnessing it) that you know you will repeat. Maybe it’s a 5-10 minute walk outside, 1 minute with your face in the sunshine, 30 seconds of deep breaths, dancing in your living room to your favorite song, a quick phone call with a best friend or family member, or a quick workout to energize your body.
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Moms, Your Self-Care Is Not Just Important, It’s Vital.
You do so much for so many, and your overall well-being is mission-critical to those you love and who love you!
Remember, self-care is everywhere.