As a Mom, it can be tricky to squeeze self care into your schedule. You’re constantly thinking about the needs of others and rarely do you stop to listen to your own needs. You’re not alone. We all do it.
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And with all the self care chatter lately, it’s almost becoming another requirement we feel we have to add to our repertoire.
But, before you start blocking out spa days on your calendar — only to panic that you’ll be missing something or failing someone — take a beat and slowly introduce yourself to the self care movement.
You don’t need luxurious spa days to classify as self care, though they would be nice.
No, you really only need five minutes. And some days, finding that five minutes is next to impossible.
Getting Your Five Minutes
Set a Timer
The best way to make sure you take five minutes for yourself every day is by setting a timer.
Choose a time of day when you know you have a few minutes to spare, or even when you know your family can survive for five minutes without you.
Set a daily timer on your phone and at 6:55 PM each day, or 8:10 AM, or whatever time works for you, drop what you’re doing and spend five minutes on yourself.
Tell the Fam
Getting buy-in on your five minutes of self care is going to be hard. Probably the hardest part of completing your five minutes.
But, if you explain to your spouse and family that your five minutes of self care will help you keep going each and every day, they may be more apt to allow it.
And if they don’t. Well, whatever, it’s your five minutes. Take it! They’ll survive.
Alternatively, you could encourage each of them to implement their own five minutes of self care, too. But, it might be best if you and your spouse didn’t take your five minutes at the same time.
This is the only other thing that may stand in your way. Don’t let it!
Understand that you need this time to recoup and recover. It’s only five minutes, it’s not like you’re going away on a week-long cruise.
You will be a better Mom if you treat yourself right. Repeat that as a mantra if you need to.
How to Spend Your Time
Now, five minutes isn’t a lot of time. But, you can still do a lot of stuff!
- Enjoy a hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa
- Read a book
- Take a shower
- Paint your nails
- Breathe deeply
- Listen to your favorite jams
- Tend to the garden
- Sing at the top of your lungs
- Burn off steam with some cardio
- Treat yourself to a treat from the bakery
- Splurge on great pajamas
- Bake your favorite treat
- Do a craft
- Call an old friend
- Scroll through old pictures
- Watch a comedy segment or scroll through funny memes
- Do yoga
- Take a walk
- Take a nap or just rest in a dark, quiet room
- Learn something new: a word, a skill, a craft. (YouTube is great for this kind of thing)
The first 20 of this list can literally be accomplished in 5-minute increments. The other 10 may take longer, but will definitely help to build your self care repertoire.
- Watch a documentary
- Catch up on your favorite television series
- Run an errand by yourself
- Get your hair washed
- Take yourself to lunch
- Attend a class
- Meet up with friends
- Hire a sitter
- Get a massage
- Visit the Farmer’s Market
You can always break up some of these activities over several days, too.
Remember, self care doesn’t have to be dramatic, but it is a necessity in our ever-busy, overly stressful lives. So, take five minutes for yourself. You’ll be a better Mom for it.
What Are Your Suggestions?
Do you have any go-to self care activities? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to add to the list!
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