We often find ourselves preoccupied with a lot of things. And most of the time, we get burnt out and stressed especially when we forget about taking care of ourselves.
And as much as we want to be a superwoman all the time, we need to put ourselves first on our priority list and create healthy self-care habits and routines so we can take care of ourselves. Because the only way that we can fully take care of our children and our family is by taking care of ourselves first. We can’t give what we don’t have and we can’t walk the talk to our children if we don’t do it ourselves.
Remember, you have all the right to love yourself and take care of yourself. And you need to be reminded of that every day.
So to help you do that, allow me to share with you my ultimate self-care checklist on how you can prioritise and take care of your overall health and well being. You can grab your FREE Printable at the bottom of the page.
- Stay hydrated. First on the list is to stay hydrated. Because we have so many things to do and so many things to take care of, most of the time we forget to even drink enough water. Water is an essential part of the physiological processes of our body. Drinking enough water helps replenish your energy, flushes toxins out of your body and maintain healthy blood circulation. Also, studies show that being hydrated affects our mood and cognitive abilities. So the next time you feel stressed out or frustrated with something, grab a glass of water and drink to your heart’s content.
- Go for a walk. Walking for 30 minutes a day could really help your body reduce that excess body fat, boost your muscle power, increase your endurance, increase your cardiovascular fitness and reduce your risk of developing certain diseases like osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, and even heart diseases. Allot a certain time within your day to go for a walk within your house whilst grabbing a glass of water or even within your backyard, in your neighbourhood and even in the park with your kids.
- Take a shower/bath. Another thing that should be on your list of self-care routines is taking a shower or having a bath. Taking a nice long bath can ease your body as well as your mind. Especially if you take warm baths, this can help relieve muscle tension and joint pains. Through this, you also get to have personal time with yourself to reflect on the things you have in mind and let go of all the negative thoughts.
- Meditate. Doing meditation can help you be mindful of yourself. Meditating can help relieve your stress and anxiety and encourage your mind and body to be calmer and peaceful. There are certain ways in which you can meditate. The goal here is to allow your mind to empty your mind of all the things you are thinking, of all the distractions you are encountering and just focusing on something that would help you feel peaceful. With your continuous meditation, you will not only feel good but you can gain new perspectives, have more self-awareness and be able to manage your stress.
- Get your body moving. Besides walking approximately 30 minutes a day, you need to get your body moving throughout the day. And this movement is not limited to just exercising but you can do all sorts of things that you love like dancing and aerobics or anything that would get you standing up and moving. This is not only good for your body but also for your mind and your mood as doing something that you love and moving through exercise or dancing can release hormones called endorphins that can reduce pain and trigger a positive and happy feeling in your body. So get your bodies moving, mums! Turn on your favourite playlist and start moving to that beat.
- Read a book. Reading a book not only increases your knowledge but it can also transport you to a different world. Especially if what your reading a drama, triller or romance novel. Sometimes it can be nice to escape your own reality for a while. It is a great way to relax and to detach yourself from digital technology and have that quiet time with yourself. Reading a book can also help improve your sleep.
- Do something you love. Who doesn’t want to do something that they love? And especially for us mums, where we have a lot of things to do for our families, we need to set a time for ourselves and do something that we have been meaning to do, something that would give us satisfaction and will keep our hearts full. It may be watching one of your favourite movies, or baking a delicious cake, painting a landscape or whatever your heart desires. Do what you love to do because that is one way of taking care and prioritising yourself.
- Talk to a loved one. Maybe you have not connected with a family member, a friend or someone dear to you for a long time. You may want to call or message them to reconnect and have a real conversation with them. This can help you feel loved and important and a way for you to tell them that you care for them as well. Being able to talk to someone you dearly love can help you feel more fulfilled, more inspired and motivated. Don’t hesitate to do this mums, talk to your loved ones now.
- Stretching/Yoga. Doing stretches and yoga poses can help your muscle loosen stiffness and can help the overall flexibility and movement of your body. If you do this every day, it can help you feel less tired and less stressed in no time. Stretching and yoga can also improve your breathing and body flexibility by 35%.
- Digital detox. We are in this digital age where gadgets and digital technology is everywhere, even in our own homes. The more time we spend on technology, the less time we spend on reality. And we should do something about it. We need to have time to detach ourselves and have a digital detox so that we can rest from spending too much time on our gadgets. You can establish a digital detox routine every night, let’s say from 8 pm, you should stop using any forms of electronic gadgets so that you are prepared to go to sleep or spend time with yourself or your family.
- Affirmations. You have to shower yourself with affirmations. Affirmations are something that you not only get from other people but these are powerful words that you can also hear from yourself. Do not deprive yourself of positive affirmations as they can boost your self-belief and self-confidence. Doing this can also improve the way you think about yourself and your mood before you face anything for the whole day. Practice self-affirmations today and see the difference in yourself.
- Go outside. Basking in the sunshine, breathing the air outside, feeling the cool wind in your skin and just enjoying your time outside is one way to self-care. Staying inside the house for too long can lead to a Vitamin D deficiency which can actually affect your mood. Studies show that people who experience anxiety or depression and go outside and bask in the sun can help improve their mindset. So the next time you feel down, why not get outside and go for a walk.
- Eat something healthy. If you’re a mum who’s always busy, sometimes we resort to preparing food that is quick and unhealthy or ordering takeout. Whilst sometimes these food are okay to consume, you need to think about eating something healthy for your and your family. In the long run, eating healthily can benefit your overall physical and mental health and wellbeing. It can also reduce your risks of certain diseases attributed to processed food and fatty or greasy meals.
- Get enough sleep. Sleeping is essential for any adult to have a healthy body. Because during sleep, our bodies are able to do the overall body repair. Sleep also improves your body circulation, improve your focus and concentration during the day, helps you with your overall mental and emotional wellbeing, reduces your stress levels and so much more. Don’t deprive yourself of sleep. Sleep at least 8 hours a day (I know this is easier said than done) so you can reap the benefits of sleeping well.
That’s just about it mums! I hope you learned a lot from my ultimate checklist of self-care and be able to apply it to yourselves.
Grab your FREE Printable of my Self Care Checklist below.
Remember, loving yourself should be your first priority so that you can share that love with your children, your family and your loved ones.
Are you practicing self-care? Share with us the things that you do to take care of yourself in the comments section below.