In case you haven’t heard it lately: Mama, you’re amazing.
Not only are you raising kids through a pandemic, odds are you’re managing schedules, balancing budgets, and playing any number of roles — teacher, therapist, work-from-home mom, cheerleader, chef…. the list goes on.
Everyday you give so much of yourself to everyone around you, but when was the last time you stopped to check in on you?
You can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s time to give yourself the love you so freely give other people. Here are some ideas on how:
1. Schedule a white space day
You don’t have to be on duty all the time. Lean into your friend and family network to ask for support with looking after the kids and any other responsibilities, so you can schedule a white space day. This is when you intentionally schedule nothing on your calendar, so you can be creative, spontaneous and nurture yourself, your relationships and your health. Even doing this once every month or two can make an impact.
2. Challenge yourself to journal daily for a week (just 5 mins a day)
Journaling takes very little time, but it can have a huge impact on your day. From clearing mental clutter and creating more space for positive and productive thoughts, putting pen to paper (or even using an app) is a powerful tool that’s free for all. Not sure where to start? Write a list of five things you’re grateful for and why; do a “brain dump” in the evening before bed to clear your mind; or use a different thought-provoking journal prompt each day.
3. Outsource when possible
Believe it or not, you don’t always have to do it all. If your budget allows, consider outsourcing some tasks like house cleaning, grocery shopping or laundry. Then use this time to do something that brings you joy. Bake a cake, read a book or connect with a friend.
4. Get creative (kids, welcome)
Self-care doesn’t have to be solo. One way to connect with your kids and yourself is through creative projects (no trip to Michael’s required). Even if it’s just 15 minutes, creative pursuits like music, dancing and writing can boost our immunity, reduce stress and leave us feeling closer to our loved ones. Use old magazines to create a colorful collage about your goals; involve the kids in cooking a new recipe; dig in the garden; or move your body and create a dance to your favorite song. Just let go, have fun, and thank us later.
Bonus Tip: Attend A Free Workshop
There have never been more options for free online classes and workshops. Whether it’s an EFT tapping meditation on Instagram or a YouTube tutorial on how to make a nourishing smoothie, there’s something for everyone.
Better yet, stick with the theme of self-care for moms, and carve out an hour for yourself with our upcoming self-care workshop: Unapologetic Self-Care for Moms.
Reconnect with the mamas or maternal figures in your life (dog moms welcome) and fill up your own cup as Dr. Annie Vovan of Avenue Mama guides you on how to make space to honor yourself more deeply, try on new self-care tips, and connect with the big vision for your life and family.
Attend the event for free when you nominate a mother you love. Space is limited, so mama, we’re giving you early access, but shhh… the event isn’t public yet!
When: Friday, May 7th, at 5:30-6:30pm PT