How I Learned to Prioritize Self Care (and I’m a Better Mom For It)

All moms have a long list of titles: caretaker, lunch maker, nurse and human pillow, to name a few. Over three and a half years ago I added business owner to that list of titles. While I firmly believe taking the leap was a good step for me, it definitely took up whatever free time I did have.

Over the years, I’ve learned that in order to be a better parent I need to take some time for self care. Afterwards I’m refreshed and can take on a whole lot more tantrums. Without it I get burned out and that’s no good for anyone.

Here are some tips that I have worked for me:

  • Put it on the calendar! If I do this I’m more likely to commit. Better yet, if I book a sitter or buy a ticket to a movie, I can’t cancel.
  • Unplug. Read a book instead. Staying off of social media for a few hours does wonders. I recently finished this series and can’t wait for the sequel.
  • Hide your favorite treats from your family and have a movie night all to yourself (or binge watch your favorite show, I’m watching American Horror Story Coven again.)
  • Commit to working out 1-2 times a week. With both boys in school for at least a few hours now I signed up for Orange Theory. Yoga is usually more my speed but I love how much you get out of an hour there! My head is also clearer as a result of working out.
  • Have a spa night. This is one of my favorite masks and I swear by this nail polish. I’ve been known to steal one of the kids bath bombs too!
  • Have a date night or coffee with friends. I’m a firm believer that laughter helps you live longer.
  • When in doubt, take a solo trip to Target. Just watch this video first.

I’d love to know, how do you unwind and take time for yourself?


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