We often get lost in being perfect mums and forget about ourselves. Changing diapers, keeping the house clean, working, and taking care of children is not an easy task to do. However much we do all these, we should know that self-care is paramount, and stop struggling with perfection.
Why do you think it is wise to put yourself first? Putting yourself first does not make you a bad mom so, do not worry about it. When you take good care of yourself, you will be happy, feel younger, and be brave to achieve your life dreams.
There are different ways that mums take care of themselves, and these include physical care, emotional, and social care.
Physical care. Embrace yourself by working on your physical appearance. It may be hard for a mum to go to the gym to keep physically fit because of the busy schedule, but if you can fix time, why not?
You can physically take care of yourself by taking a walk, more especially when you have just given birth.
Rope skipping, yoga, jumping jacks, sit-ups are a few of the no equipment needed exercises that you can do at the comfort of your home. Exercising does not only keep you healthy but also controls your moods and fix your bad day. Additionally, wear your makeup and look pretty in your favorite dress!
Take care of yourself emotionally. Motherhood is challenging because you have to deal with life responsibilities and nurturing children with a positive attitude. It is not alright to have numerous feelings around children because you are their mirror.
First, you need to get enough sleep at least eight hours a day to stay happy with a relaxed body.
Keep yourself informed and updated by reading magazines, blogs, books that can widen your thinking capacity. Seeking information about anything gives mums a break to breathe and stop thinking about children for a moment.
Talk to someone close to you when you feel low, do not try to solve everything by yourself.
Join a mum’s group near you where you can meet with fellow women and share ideas about yourselves.
Socialcare: Being a mum does not mean that you lose who you are. It is healthy to keep your friends and family close because you need their support and Love. It is not selfish to find a day for yourself without children and go for ice cream or swimming with your friends.
Travel to a quiet place with your girls and let someone you trust babysit your child. It’s fun and relaxing to have a girls’ trip to Mombasa, Murchison falls, or Dereselama. Why not save for it?
All mums in Africa have a lot on their shoulders and struggle with finances, family problems, and the task of raising children, and they find self-care less-important. Most mums today will focus on the basic needs of their children more than themselves, and this makes life more stressful. Despite what you are going through as a mum today, you need to take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and socially to raise happy and loving children.
Do you think there are other ways you can make self-care a priority as a mum? Come on, make this list endless!