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Four strategies for moms to practice better self care

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If one millions moms took better care of themselves in 2011, the world would be a much better place. Their stress would be reduced, which would mean that they wouldn't snap at their children and husbands as much. Their mental and physical health would improve too because they would take the time to do the things they need to do for themselves.

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Four strategies for moms to practice better self care

  1. 1. Four Strategies for Moms to Practice Better Self-Care
  2. 2. If one millions moms took better care of themselves in2011, the world would be a much better place. Their stresswould be reduced, which would mean that they wouldnt snapat their children and husbands as much. Their mental andphysical health would improve too because they would takethe time to do the things they need to do for themselves. Ofcourse all of these thoughts are all well and great, but withoutany hard evidence, it can be a bit difficult to prove.Thankfully, a nationwide survey of 3,000 moms gives us somehard numbers to back all this up.
  3. 3. Seventy-six percent of women in the survey say that it isimportant that moms take care of themselves in addition to theirfamilies. However, 80 percent of moms do not spend any time onself-care. The Suave Motherhood vs. Womanhood Report alsoshowed that 93 percent of moms feel good when they take careof themselves. Seventy-six percent say it makes themhappier, more attractive, and more self-confident. And whathappens when mom feels good about herself? Her family benefitsalso because she feels great.
  4. 4. So how can we all start working toward thisgoal of better self-care in the New Year? Here are four strategies we can all put into practice.
  5. 5. 1. Balancing: It is vital for every mom to have balance in her life. Amom whose life is out of balance spends all of her time taking careof her family or work life and no time taking care of herself.Finding the balance between yourself and everything else isimportant because you have needs. When those needs gounmet, you begin to feel worn out and resentful. Spend a fewminutes right now trying to figure out how to bring balance backinto your life. You should build at least 15 minutes into every daywhen you can sit alone and think. Just let your mind wanderduring this time and see what happens. You will probably evencome across an activity that you want to do for yourself. When youdo, make time to fit that into your you-time.
  6. 6. 2. Delegating: As a mom, you are essentially the head of thehousehold because it is your job to get everyone where theyneed to be on time. There are also plenty of daily chores thatneed to be done, but it does not mean you have to be the oneto do ALL of them. Just think about who else in your familycould do some of these chores. Assign your children the task ofrunning the dishwasher each night. Have each one of themmake their own beds. Ask your husband to take the garbageout. Just because you have to be on top of everything, itdoesnt mean you physically have to do everything.
  7. 7. 3. Blending: This strategy involves doing something for yourselfwhile you care for your family. It means that you do not give inand let your kids have complete control over everything. Whileyou give them a bath, play your own music. Take a magazinewith you while you wait for your child at speech class. Findcreative ways to exercise while you take your little ones to thepark. Focus on the things you like to do in a way that allows youto still do what needs to be done for your family.
  8. 8. 4. Dating: You may have a special night once a month or once aweek to date your husband, and this is certainly a veryimportant part of having a successful marriage. However, it isequally important to date yourself. Schedule concerts or otheractivities in advance to force you to get out of the house. Set adate with the girls once a month to have fun. Joining a mom-me support group is also very beneficial, especially if you arehaving trouble with this one. This group will give you weeklyassignments to help you learn how to date yourself properly.
  9. 9. Every mother has a basic understanding of how important it isto take care of themselves, but the majority of moms just dontdo it. Many dont even realize the toll this is taking on theirfamilies because they feel like they are taking care ofeverything. But the keyword in that sentence is "everything."YOU are part of that everything, and if you are suffering orfeeling down because you have not been attentive to your ownneeds, then "everything" is not taken care of. Start puttingthese strategies into practice now so that you can become oneof a million moms who are taking better care of themselves in2011.
  10. 10. Thank you for taking time to read my article!To read more about Self-care for Mothers visit www.TimeForMom- me.com Mia Redrick The Mom Strategist

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