It wasn't until last year that I realized the true importance of self-care. Being a new mom it's so easy to be consumed with diapers, feedings, laundry, cooking, cleaning, and everything else on your to-do list that we so often put ourselves last. But, let's be real, you can't pour from an empty cup.
Sometimes getting 5 minutes alone seems impossible and there are plenty of days that my version of "self-care" is the 30 seconds of quiet from the time I put my toddler in his car seat, close the door, and walk over to the driver seat. But when I do make it a priority, I tend to find at least 30 minutes to myself. Self-care can be expensive (think massages, facials, vacays, etc.) but there are plenty of ways to take care of your mind & body for free.
Here are some of my favorite free ways to practice self-care:
1. Drink Water - Divide your body weight in half & try to drink that amount of water in oz. per day. Nursing mamas, breastmilk is 88% water! Drinking enough water will help you keep your supply up.
2. Sweat - Take 15- 30 minutes to work out. Try a Kayla Istines BBG workout or go for a quick run, there's nothing like moving your body to help get you out of a funk.
3. Take a Nap - (A personal favorite) put the baby down for a nap and sneak one in yourself.
4. Hit unfollow - Go through your social media accounts and unfollow anyone who isn't serving, supporting, encouraging, or motivating you.
6. Fresh Air - Get outside, drink your coffee, go for a walk, hike, fill your lungs and clear your mind with fresh air. Heck, jump in a pile of leaves, I mean look at how happy that made my boy.
7. Practice Gratitude - Write down 5 specific things you are grateful for each day.
8. Have a Mini Declutter Session - Pick a drawer or a room (if you're ambitious) and clean it out. Get rid of anything that is not needed, wanted, or been used for the past 6 months.
9. Take a Bath - Let's be real, nothing beats reading a book (current favorite) while taking a bath in SILENCE, especially when you're a mom and someone is always touching you.
How do you practice self-care? Comment below with your own routines. I love trying out new ways to clear my mind and find some R&R. Thanks for reading friends xo