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Self-care strategies

Self-care strategies

Since reducing stress and practicing self-care can definitely make us healthier, I want to ask other Moms to share their strategies for incorporating self-care into their lives. My husband is a PhD student with a measly stipend so now that we have our son, we live on a pretty tight budget. I have found that a lot of the things I used to do for myself to relax and invest in my own well-being (like occasional pedicures, face creams, nice shampoos, etc.) have gone by the wayside in an effort to funnel our money to more necessary things. I also struggle with finding the time (and energy!) to fit regular exercise into my days. I know that if I find the time to exercise and get back in the habit of taking care of myself a little more (not to mention trying to get into bed earlier every night), that I will be a more balanced mom and wife….but it’s so hard! Please share your tips, advice, favorite products, etc. with me!

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  1. I don’t remember the last time I got a manicure or pedicure or did anything relaxing for myself so my husband bought me a massage gift card for my birthday. It was great and just what I needed but I hardly spend the money on these types of things. I do make an effort to go to the gym at least twice a week and I love taking baths. I just bought some lavender bath salts and try to take a 20 minute bath once or twice a week. Baths definitely help me wind down after a long day with the kiddos.

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! Great tips!

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  2. This is a tough one! For me, the biggest step is making sure you don’t feel guilty about doing it. I used to feel awful if I was gone to the gym for an hour, or to get a haircut. Now I own it in realizing that it makes me much happier and ultimately a better mom and partner. For the gym one, I think baby steps is the way to go. Commit to trying one gym or class a week (most have free trials). Once you find one you love, commit to going twice a week. I find that creating set days makes it easier… So my husband and daughter know I’m stopping at the gym on the way home on certain days and it’s just an expected part of our family routine.

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Stephanie! These are great tips. It may be a little harder for us to get it worked out since we are a one car family but I think it’s possible. I’m ready to find a way!

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  3. So I am totally with you. School has made me a total mess and killed my routine. A blogger just reviewed this book and I am going to read it. http://play2learnwithsarah.com/the-miracle-morning/ The premise is to get up early and get your “me time” in then. For me it’s working! Good luck!

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    1. I’m totally going to find that book! That’s been my first instinct, to try and get up earlier in the morning, but some guidance will be great. Thanks!

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  4. This is such a common issue amongst moms! I agree personal time via baths or getting up before your kids (even if for only 20 minutes to enjoy the peace and quiet and cup of coffee) are great ways to take care of yourself that don’t cost money. For me, setting aside time to read is my little break. It’s free and is even better if I get to sneak out to a coffee shop and just sit for an hour while my husband stays home (no expensive babysitter needed!). Whatever it is for you, SCHEDULE IT! If you don’t, it will be brushed aside to do another load of laundry or clean or something else. You MUST prioritize you! It will teach your little one too that mommy is important and deserves time to herself.

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    1. You are so right! I think this is my biggest issue. I think about setting aside time but I don’t force myself to actually do it and it falls by the wayside. I’m going to actually schedule “Mama time” in our calendar so I’m held accountable!

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    2. You are so right! I think this is my biggest issue. I think about setting aside time but I don’t force myself to actually do it and it falls by the wayside. I’m going to actually schedule “Mama time” in our calendar so I’m held accountable!

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    3. You are so right! I think this is my biggest issue. I think about setting aside time but I don’t force myself to actually do it and it falls by the wayside. I’m going to actually schedule “Mama time” in our calendar so I’m held accountable!

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