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Five Self-Care New Year’s Resolutions for Moms

Like many busy moms, I always hear the same thing. “You need to take more time for yourself.

This statement is easier said than done. Over the past couple of months, I have been focusing a lot of my energy on self-love and self-care. Guess what? I wish that I had started years ago.

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, everyone has a list a mile long. While most have a list focused on weight loss, self-care is by far more important. Because once you begin taking better care of yourself, you’ll naturally lose weight. Plus, you’ll find yourself happier, less stressed, and able to enjoy the little things in life.

Five Self-Care Tips for Moms

These are five daily simple self-care practices that I began before the New Year.

Caring for your skin

Although this seems like an obvious thing to do, I know that every mom can relate to climbing into bed after a stressful evening, and drifting off to sleep. My girlfriends were always gifting me skincare items as hints that I needed to take better care of my skin. It wasn’t until I was on a girlfriends getaway that my friends pulled me into the bathroom, had me do a face peel, and told me how important it is for me to start getting back to my daily skincare regimen. Since that night, I have been caring for my skin by doing regular face masks, moisturizing, and getting facials.

Hydration

It is one of the hardest things for every parent. Life gets busy, and it can be easy to find yourself drinking coffee in the morning vs. water. I use the AddWater app on my iPhone to get reminders throughout the day to drink and can measure how hydrated I am by the end of the day. My skin is not only glowing, but I have a lot more energy just by drinking enough water every day.

Positive Affirmations

I took a parenting class a couple of months ago. During the course, it told me to tell myself every day that I am a good parent and a good person. When the kids are misbehaving to say to myself. When someone puts me down to tell it to myself – this is a big step in self-love. It was hard to get in the habit of doing at first, but now I find it easy to tell myself that I am a good mom. Because we are all good moms, and we need to remind ourselves of that every day.

Exercise

Exercise is not easy for most parents. With our busy schedules. When are we supposed to exercise? For me, I just don’t want to have to wash my hair every day, but it is more important to be healthy. Exercise doesn’t mean a trip to the gym or an intense workout. Take the family for a short walk around the neighborhood after dinner. Do jump roping with the kids. Do one simple thing every day to get yourself up and active, and you’ll find yourself feeling amazing.

Meditation

It will quickly become one of your favorite things to ever do. The Calm app has changed my life. I use it daily before going to bed. It not only helps me sleep better, but I am more relaxed throughout the day. There are many ways to meditate whether it be using an app, listening to a DVD, or doing your own personal meditation, but it is vital to your daily self-care regimen.

Adding these five simple daily tasks to your daily schedule is so simple, and won’t take a lot of time out of your day. You’ll quickly find yourself feeling better and enjoying life. Remember that every day is a gift and to treasure each day you are given. Make the most of every moment in the New Year, and don’t forget to make yourself a priority in your life.

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  1. I would love to offer one more tip for self care – wellness assessments! I recently gifted myself a wellness assessment with Dr. Anita Wang, MD, of Wellness, Longevity and Aesthetics, where I am learning what micronutrient deficiencies I have and how it is affecting my health – and then what I can do/eat to correct it. It’s fascinating and I am learning so much. I’m surprised this isn’t part of our health insurance’s annual preventive health visits. It absolutely should be, but this has been worth every penny.

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