Feel like you’re drowning this week and need some simple self-care tips? Don’t worry, I got you. If you feel like you’re needing a recharge before the next wave of stress smacks you in the face, keep reading.
Given current circumstances life may be more complicated than ever. Moms are homeschooling while also trying to work. Breaks aren’t built in the way they once were. As if time weren’t already limited busy women and moms are struggling more than ever and self-care likely feels non-existent.
This is why I’m so passionate about helping you learn simple, effective, EASY self-care solutions that don’t take a lot of time and money. So here are a few of my go-to self-care tips that I’m implementing this week:
Hydrate. I found myself super irritable the other day and couldn’t figure out why. The kids slept great, they were in good moods, but I still was anxious and antsy. It occurred to me that I hadn’t been drinking nearly enough water (although alcohol hadn’t been a problem, whoops!) and I was feeling all the negative side effects of dehydration including anxiety, irritability and restlessness. I double downed on water, adding some electrolytes (Ultimate Replenisher, Nuun, Scratch and Liquid IV are great options) and felt better quickly.
Eat balanced meals. I’m guilt of grabbing a handful of goldfish and eating my kid’s cold leftovers and calling it lunch but those days are coming to an end. I find it makes me hungrier, doesn’t keep my energy high to manage the kids, and honestly? It reinforces the message that my needs can come last and I don’t need to make time for myself. I’m create a lot more intention around eating a protein, fat, and source of fiber at each meal to ensure energy stays stable, I stay full and I have a meal I can mindfully eat.
Win the day. I don’t know about you but the evenings can get CrAzY around here. Cook dinner, eat dinner, clean up from dinner. Bath time, jammies, play time, bed time. All of a sudden it’s 9pm, I’m exhausted and crashing in bed. It’s an easy habit to fall into, but it typically leaves me feeling like the day ended on a stressful note, and more often than not it wakes me up to stress as well when I see dishes in the sink, toys left everywhere and a laundry list of to-do’s. Now I try to end each day with a win- a chore completed, a little time for myself, an evening routine just for me (even if it’s just brushing my teeth and washing my face), or a good belly laugh (officially recommending Tom Segura or Jo Koy on Netflix if you haven’t seen them!). This helps me end my day on a high note and feel like the day is completed on my terms. It puts me back in the driver’s seat instead of tethered and dragged behind the bumper of the car.
If you’re struggling this week, start here. Drink your water, eat your meals, win the day (even if it’s in the last hour). You’re worth it. You deserve it. And you’ll be better able to show up for everyone you love when you make it happen.
If you give any of these weekly self-care tips a try, let me know. I’m cheering for you.