When you’re a mum, it’s easy to get tied up with all the things you need to accomplish. From the moment you wake up, to time you retire at night, and every moment in between, your to-do list never seems to end. Add to that your studies or work-from-home setup. But, of course, the good mum in you will do everything to get things done and ensure that everyone’s needs have been taken care of. Now, the question is, ‘how about your needs’? How is your self-care?
Again, it’s easy to get lost in the whirlwind of things that need to get done at home that we forget about our own needs. Unfortunately, this is not a good practice because you are only burning yourself out. Self-care is not selfishness nor is it a luxury. It’s a necessity. Self-care is about taking care of yourself to improve your health and well-being. The means to do it may differ between persons depending on what relaxes us and the amount of pressure we feel daily, but the fact remains that your body needs it.
So, here are some of the simple and most common self-care tips for mums at home.
Self-care tips you can do at home
1. Create a routine
Routines can be boring but without it, you can lose track of everything you need to do. Make a list of the things that you need to accomplish everyday and plan the time and how you will do them. Sticking to a routine not only helps you remember what you need to do, but it also lets you stay motivated and feel fulfilled at the end of the day. Make sure to insert things you want to do for yourself too.
2. Set boundaries
Though you can simultaneously act as a mum and an office worker while staying at home, you have to set boundaries that help you distinguish between your work and family life. For example, if you set work to end at 6 o’clock in the evening, turn off your office email notifications and focus on your family and yourself. On weekends, you can also do this so that you can enjoy your break and family outings. Another way to set boundaries is to designate your workspace at home to help you set the mood for work and to let the family know that you are working whenever you are in this area.
3. Find time to do your workout
Working out is not only beneficial to your health, but it is also a good stress reliever because it pumps up your endorphins. This kind of physical activity boosts your brain’s production of these feel-good neurotransmitters. Not only, that but regular exercise can also help you relax, improve your mood, and lower symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, on days when work family needs eat up your entire day, there are exercise that you can do while sitting behind your chair.
4. Eat healthy snacks
When you are too engrossed shifting between work and household chores, it’s easy to forget that you’re hungry. Don’t let it destroy your diet by preparing healthy snacks in the fridge. Prepare some carrot sticks and dip, healthy veggie crisps, nuts, and slices of fruit and place them in individual hefty bags to seal in their freshness and for easy storage and access. Small, healthy snacks keep your focus and energy levels up.
5. Make sure to have enough sleep
If there’s one important thing you shouldn’t do, that would be depriving yourself of sleep. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting seven or eight hours of sleep a day to maintain a healthy mind and body. Regular sleep also improves your focus and leaves you feeling refreshed and ready for another day of juggling work and family life.
As a mum, your family depends on you for most of their needs, which is why you cannot skimp on self-care. Mumsinc also has ways for you to relax during your hectic days.