As a mom of 3, I know how hard it is to find time for yourself. I also know how necessary it is. That’s why I want to share with you these 3 reasons why self care is important for moms.
As moms, we have endless pressure to do so much for our children, our spouses, our jobs, and our communities. Parenting alone can be overwhelming between tantrums, potty training, trying to get picky eaters to eat something more than chicken nuggets and PB&J’s, naptimes, homework, plus trying to turn them into decent human beings.
Add on balancing relationships with friends, extended family, spouses, and doing our best at work. Just typing it out makes me exhausted!! Doing it can be draining at best.
Feeling burnt out or overwhelmed makes it difficult to show up in our lives the way we want to. Read on to learn why you owe it to yourself and your family to make time for a little me time.
3 Reasons Why Self Care is Important for Moms
1. You can’t pour from an empty cup
I’m sure you have heard this reason before but I really want you to let it sink in. You can’t give something to your family that you don’t have.
If you don’t take the time to get enough rest and do activities that reenergize you, you won’t have the energy to chase after your kids and see to their needs.
If you don’t take time to do things that help you feel calm, peaceful, and centered, how do you expect to give those emotions to your family?
You can’t give them what you don’t have. So if you want to give your children and family a calm, patient, happy mom, you need to take the time to create her.
Take time each day, even if it’s just 15 minutes, to do something that helps you feel energized or happy or calm. That way you can then share those emotions and feelings with your family.
2. You are a better parent when you feel better
I’m telling you this is the honest truth! You are a better mom when you are happier.
When you feel good, you are more patient, kind, understanding, and helpful. Your strengths as a parent are stronger and you’re better able to improve your weaknesses.
Finding a little bit of time for yourself each day can make a surprising difference. Being able to spend time doing something that helps you feel relaxed and centered is going to be a big advantage when it comes to dealing with parenting challenges.
I know for a fact that the mornings I remember to exercise, even just a quick workout, I feel so much more prepared when my kids wake up. It doesn’t matter what type of self care you practice, as long as it works for you.
I haven’t met a mom yet that doesn’t want to do her best for her children. Taking some time each day to invest in yourself helps you do and be your best for your family.
3. Your children need to see an example of a healthy happy woman
The last reason I want to share with you on why self care is important for moms is that you are your children’s example of adulthood. The woman that you are is what your daughters are going to aspire to be and what your sons will be looking for in a future partner.
So what kind of woman do you want your children to see? The one who never has time for herself? The one who is exhausted all of the time and therefore grumpy and moody? The one who is irritated at the drop of a hat because she never has a moment to just rest and relax?
Or maybe you want to teach your children what it looks like to balance your own needs with those of the people around you. When you take time for self care in your own life, you teach by example.
When finding time for self care gets hard or even makes you feel guilty, I want you to take a minute and imagine how you would want your own daughter to feel when she grows up. How would you want her to take care of herself? This answer will probably be a good guy for your own behavior.
Conclusion on Why Self Care is Important for Moms
So those are 3 reasons why self care is important for moms. I want you to remember these reasons when those guilty thoughts start to sneak in or you feel like your needs should come last. Your family needs you at your best just as much as you yourself deserve it.
If you have any tips or advice for prioritizing self care for moms, comment below or email me at Candice@littlestepsbighappy.com. Follow me on Pinterest for more tips and advice for moms.
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I’m a busy mom of 3 turned Health and Fitness Coach and Self Defense Instructor. I help inspire other moms to reach their health, fitness, and weight loss goals. You can usually find me chasing my kiddos around, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or sneaking away to read romance novels. About Me