being a mom
Mind Over Mommy: Self-Care Strategies For Moms
With Mother’s Day approaching, you might be thinking about ways to pamper yourself and all the rest and relaxation you’re needing to catch up on. I don’t blame you one bit, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for a massage or a pedicure myself. Those one-off moments of pampering are wonderful, but there’s a lot more to self-care than that. With a mom holiday on the brain, right now seems like a good time to dig into the concept of self-care a bit more and focus on some strategies for fitting it into your schedule.
Last time I talked a little bit about differentiating between depression and normal highs and lows, and I wanted to start there because I think asking for help is an important foundation for taking care of yourself. In order to know you need help, you first need to check in with yourself and determine what’s going on. That’s a form of self-care. Once you figure out what’s going on, you have to decide what you need and ask for it. That is also a form of self-care.
So, what exactly is self-care?
Most health professionals define self-care as any active participation in enhancing the quality of your physical, mental, or emotional health. That means anything from taking a 5-minute breather to deciding to eat a vegetable with dinner every day to spending a week away at a resort and spa could be considered self-care. You have a lot of flexibility in deciding when to care for yourself and how.
The one thing that brings all forms of self-care together is intention — that initial moment of checking in, deciding what you need, and asking for it or taking steps to get it. Obviously, if you need counseling or some other kind of professional input, that’s step one and usually they will walk you through the process of healing and holding yourself up. That’s what I went through when I got treatment for my anxiety and depression and those coping strategies and methods for changing my habits have stuck with me through other changes and goals. Once you decide how best to care for yourself, here are some strategies to help you get into the habit of actually doing it: