With everything happening in the world, it is easy to get stressed and overwhelmed. Chronic stress and anxiety can wear you out. However, you can use self care to reduce stress and restore your mind and body.
As a busy working mom, you have to keep your stress and anxiety at a manageable level to be your best at work and with your kids. In this episode, I will talk you through 5 habits that are actually self care to reduce your stress.
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Make your health a priority
You may have stress coming from multiple directions such as work, school, family, kids, neighbors, or others.
However, it’s important to establish your health as a top consideration. Find a balance between taking care of others and taking care of yourself.
Making your health a priority looks like eating nutritious foods, exercising, going in regularly for your well visits with you primary care doctor, and seeing your dentist annually for a check-up.
Understand the fundamentals of self-care
Self-care is a conscious effort to put yourself first. It requires you to take time for activities that nourish and sustain your body, mind, and spirit.
When you make it a priority to take care of yourself, you build a lifestyle that focuses on healthy choices.
Build self-care into your daily habits, such as eating a healthy breakfast and exercising.
Start with one healthy habit a day
If self-care isn’t a normal part of your life, it may be difficult to get used to it. However, you can start with one small habit and you’ll see positive changes.
By implementing one healthy habit each day, you’ll begin your journey of taking better care of yourself.
The habit can be a tiny change, such as eating oatmeal for breakfast or having a salad for lunch. The key is to pick something small that is easy to do. Then, you can build from this foundation and add other habits.
If you try too many activities at once, you’re likely to get overwhelmed or discouraged.
Find your own path
It’s easy to get caught up in the self-care practices that others use. However, it’s more effective to find your own path to wellness.
Find the tips and habits that work best for your lifestyle. You may not have time to eat a healthy lunch or exercise every day. There are other ways to take care of yourself. Be willing to experiment with different ideas to figure out which self-care practices work well for you.
It’s not enough to add one self-care habit and move on. Stress will continue to be a factor as long as you’re on this planet. It’s important to discover new self-care habits to alleviate your stress.
Over time, the stress may come from different directions.
For example, if your job is going well, you may suddenly discover issues at home. If your family life is fine, you may be worried about getting laid off.
You may feel overwhelmed at times and as if you’re taking steps back. Nevertheless, continue forward and make self-care a top priority.
As your life changes, your self-care habits will also change. You might find that oatmeal for breakfast starts causing stomachaches, or injuries prevent you from exercising every day.
Self-care can come from multiple channels. You can change things up and still find success.
Self-care has an important role in the battle against stress. It’s a vital part of staying healthy and maintaining wellness. And absolutely necessary for working moms like you.
Links mentioned in this episode
- Episode 78: Self-Care to Help Save Your Sanity During a Pandemic with Allison Braasch
- Episode 77: The Basics of Aromatherapy for Self-Care with Krystina
- Episode 43: 4 Cups to Self-Care to Make You a Better Mom and Wife with Kimberly Walton
- Episode 15: 20 Self-Care Ideas that Cost No Money
- Episode 37: This is Why Self-Care is a Necessity with Naomi Gottlieb-Miller
- Episode 17: What to do When you Lose Yourself in Motherhood with Katie Kahvo
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- This is Why Self-Care is a Necessity
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