You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones
Whether you are a working mom or a stay at home mom, taking care of your needs should be the top priority. As mom’s we always ensure that we are taking care of everyone else’s needs, but when it comes to our own, we always come last. It seems like holidays always sneak up on me. The best part about the upcoming holiday season is that my birthday falls in between now and then. As part of our self-care series, I wanted to do a guide that showcased some of my favorite self-care products
It’s not that we purposely neglect ourselves, sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. So working out, putting on makeup and getting dressed, taking a hot bath, or curling up with a good book just don’t seem like an important task. As a matter of fact, they seem like impossible tasks to complete.
If mom isn’t happy….
You know the rest. If mom is stressed or burnt out, everything around her suffers. Children even respond when they see that mom is tense by acting out or being extra fussy.
Since we already know that it’s not always easy to get in self-care on a consistent basis, take at least ten minutes each day to do something that will make you feel good. Whether it’s the bath, a walk, or even cooking your self a good meal, do it. Pay attention to your own needs.
Remember…other people are just as capable
Rule number one of motherhood should always be:
Don’t become a martyr!
I see so many women refuse help from others because they want to do it all. Guess what? You don’t have to be superwoman. Not only is it not healthy, but you have to consider how your support system may feel (obviously if you don’t have one this does not apply). I have seen so many women say that they won’t “allow” their husbands or significant others to change diapers, feed the baby or do this or that. This prevents them from learning the skills needed to help lighten the load needed to help you.
It’s okay to NOT do it all. It’s okay to take a break.
It’s okay to want time to relax.
Now that I have gotten on my soapbox about why self care is important. On to the next part.
It seems like holidays always sneak up on me. The be st part about the upcoming holiday season is that my birthday falls in between now and then. As part of our self-care series, I wanted to do a guide that showcased some of my favorite self-care products
1. A cozy robe: There’s nothing like a hot shower or relaxing bath to start (or end) your day on a high note. After taking a relaxing bath, I love slipping into a comfy robe and curling up with a good book.
2. Favorite fragrance: There’s nothing more memorable from my childhood than smelling my grandma’s perfume (White Diamonds). No matter where I go if I get a whiff of it, then I am instantly flooded back with memories of being at her home and long summer visits. These are the kinds of memories I want my kids to have as they get older.
3. Face mask: I swear by these face masks. It makes my skin feel absolutely amazing and works wonders. I am getting older and taking good care of my skin is important if I want to help combat the early signs of aging.
4. The bag she would never buy for herself (but has always wanted to!): This isn’t a self-care item, but sometimes as moms, we just want something nice. Or better yet just something right?
5. A gorgeous timepiece: I am absolutely in love with watches. My favorite lately has been the JORD Koa & Rose Gold piece. The right watch can make any outfit look amazing. On top of that, they are probably one of the simplest gifts you could ever buy.
7. Something from the heart: While not a self-care item, never under estimate a handmade gift. They always seem to bring an instant smile to the recipient’s face. There is nothing like receiving a gift that my kids made at school or while hiding away in their bedrooms. These gifts are something that I will treasure forever.
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