Self Care Ideas

Taking care of yourself as a parent is a bit of a oxymoron.  Self care takes a back seat to the needs of our family and friends.  The problem is, if you’re not taking care of yourself eventually you won’t be able to take care of others.  I say something similar in my post about balancing your mom life and your disability.  You can read about it here.  So what can you do to make some time to care for yourself?

Self Care Cheat Sheet:

  • Wake up an hour earlier (easier said than done I know but worth it!).
  • Delegate jobs to other people if you can.
  • Try to group similar activities.  Need to run a few errands?  Try to group as many errands as you can together.
  • Use the free PDF download to track your time for a week and then see where time was wasted.  Pinterest is awesome but is it two hours worth of awesome?
  • Plan your time with purpose.  If you plan in your self care you are giving yourself permission to make time for self care.
  • Do less.  This world is filled with so many things but you don’t need all of those things in your life.  Cut out the things you don’t need.
  • Purge your house.  You’ll find that if your house is less cluttered, your life becomes less cluttered giving you more time for yourself.
  • Most importantly… give yourself permission.  How many times have you sat down to do something for yourself, only to be called away tell yourself you’ll find time later?  How many times have you actually done it later?  You are entitled to self care and self love.  Tell your family that for 30 minutes you are to remain uninterrupted.  It won’t always stick at first but it will eventually!

Make sure to download the free PDF printable to track your time for a week.  Don’t so much stress about planning, just track your time.  You’ll be surprised at how much time you’ll find you have.  Also make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get a free printable on self care ideas for moms! What do you do to take care of yourself?

Time Tracker Sheet