self care for moms

15 Easy Ideas for Serious Self-Care

Whew! Where did September go? Between the scramble to get school supplies sorted, trying to get the kids settled back into their routines, random school mixers, and the kids’ activities starting up, I feel like I’ve been on the go ever since Labour Day.

I’d love to say something like, “I’m spending the weekend getting organized and I’m going to rock the next 9 months,” but that would be a total lie.

The Ugly Truth

I’m a million miles from perfect, but I do like to be as honest as possible, so here’s a more realistic look at what my weekend will really entail:

  • obsessively working on the new business I’m launching soon (you can check it out HERE)
  • thinking that I should get in some exercise, but staying parked in front of my computer working on my new website and writing, because I’m so freaking excited about my business
  • cursing myself because I haven’t made it to the grocery store and I’m hungry but there’s nothing good to eat
  • getting to Sunday night feeling like I’m not ready for the week ahead
  • ignoring my husband and kids so that I can work on my side hustle in my limited free time
When I write that all out in black and white, I realize that a) that’s not healthy and b) I’m not going to feel very good about myself Monday morning.

Ironically, I really DO understand the importance of self-care. I know that when I take care of myself,  I’m managing my energy so I have enough in the tank to take care of, well, everything. But, like you, when I’m hot on a project and juggling multiple priorities, self-care falls to the bottom of the list.

Long-term, I know this will lead to burnout, hip and back pain from sitting so much, and a general lack of energy. Yuck.

Serious Self-Care

So, because I know better, I promise that I’m going to take better care of myself this weekend. Maybe you can make a point of fitting in some self-care, too! Cuz September has been tough on all of us mamas.
Need some inspiration? This is what my self-care list looks like:

  • practice yoga
  • ride the stationary bike while watching The Walking Dead
  • do my physio exercises
  • fill my water bottle twice
  • fill my two travel mugs with herbal tea
  • read a few chapters from a novel I’ve been reading
  • get my family to help me meal plan for the week ahead
  • go grocery shopping
  • have a Fab Four smoothie for a snack today and for breakfast tomorrow
  • meditate
  • go for a walk outside
  • take a bath with a bath bomb
  • have an official family movie night
  • take a nap
  • eat a salad
That looks like a lot – and it is – but in addition to some serious self-care, I’m committing to being compassionate with myself and doing what feels easy. Because what’s the point of self-care if it’s just more to add to your to-do list?

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