This is a sponsored post written by guest blogger Alex Berger
When you are a parent, you tend to put yourself behind everyone else in your life. You wake up and everyone seems to have an immediate need for you to take care of. The laundry is piling up, the kid(s) are screaming for breakfast, the dogs need to be let outside and fed, and your significant other is usually working or doing something around the house, unable to give you a helping hand.
After taking care of the initial to-dos, you realize that now, you are exhausted, so you make a cup (or two) of coffee and that’s when the new requests start rolling in: “can I have a snack?” “I have to go to the bathroom!” or “Can you help me with my homework?” Moms: I get the need to take care of your family. Believe me, I do, but I also think that you need to balance your time and prioritize yourself, in order to give yourself some self-care, too! Today, I want to share with you all some of my best self-care tips for all of the mamas out there because moms need self-care too!
Grab The Weights
According to Fast Company, your brain recognizes exercise as a moment of stress. Your heart pressure increases and your brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy, or fleeing from it, so it releases a protein called BDNF, or Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, which has a protective and reparative element to your memory neurons. At the same time, endorphins is released into your brain. BDNF and endorphins combined leads to a feeling of ease, happiness, and even a feeling of euphoria.
This is why I think it is essential for parents to add some exercise into their normal routine. Not only will it leave you happier, but it will also leave you healthier, ensuring that your body is strong for your children.
Get Up Before The Kids
I’ve heard this a million times and never believed it. I’m the least morning person you can possibly imagine. Sometimes it takes me an hour before I even speak in the morning (that had to change once I had a toddler. But I did discover that my day and outlook on life completely changes when I’ve had a hot cup of coffee, some time in the word, and a few minutes to myself. A fellow mom recently said, “you’re going to be tired whenever you get up, you might as well have a full hot cup of coffee.”
Set + Keep Necessary Appointments
Moms - make sure you set and keep necessary appointments that keep your body running smoothly. Yes, this even includes dental appointments! Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss? The problem with is is because it is so sneaky. According to Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, “The early signs of problems are so hard to detect that four out of five people are thought to be unaware they have the condition. This is alarming because gum disease is twice as likely to cost a person his or her tooth or teeth as tooth decay.” Simple facts like that are why you need to make sure you set and keep your necessary appointments in order to take care of your body! If you are in the Atlanta area, Dr. Gary Simms with Metro Decatur Dental Group PC is there to take care of you and your teeth by offering restorative dentistry services, cosmetic dentistry services, and of course, general dentistry, as well. Between Dr. Gary Simms, Lawanda Ferguson, the office manager, and Devin Draggs, the dental hygienist, you will be in great hands.
Get Some Zzz’s
Sleep makes everything better. My best advice on giving yourself the proper self-care that you deserve would be to get enough sleep. If you Google ‘benefits of sleep’ you will find list after list after list of reasons why you should get enough sleep. I think the reasons sleep is essential is pretty obvious, so I don’t think I need to explain why it is so important, but I do think you should prioritize your sleep!
I know, I know, you’re probably thinking I have a child who doesn’t sleep and so I can never sleep. Or “I haven’t slept in (insert how many years you’ve had a child). I understand. That’s why it’s so important if you do have a child who has trouble sleeping that you find different ways to help both you and your child. Swap night shifts with your husband, check out a chiropractor for your child. While some children are simply not getting sleepers no matter what you do, sometimes it’s worth researching ways to help your child sleep to help both you and your child.
Have Some Bombin’ Fun
Sprucing your baths up with bath bombs, bubble bars, and essential oils can be so fun and relaxing! While you are at it, grab a facial and maybe even a hair mask to turn it into a DIY spa day. When you really need to take a load off, opt for a bath in order to relax you. I recommend waiting until after dinner when everyone is settled and tired from the day. That way, you can even grab a glass of wine if you drink and be in total relaxation mode. There are many benefits to taking baths, other than just for relaxation purposes. Taking baths can also help with heart health, joint, bone, and muscle health, and it can even benefit your brain and nervous system. Cool, right?
Go Out On The Town
Hire a babysitter for the night and head out on the town with your significant other, or friends. A few great ideas are going to dinner, going dancing, listening to music at a concert, or even a piano bar, going ice skating, or going to a movie. If you are going out during the day, you could go to a spa or sauna. If you do not have the time or energy to go out, have a date night at home! After the kids are asleep, make yourself a fancy dinner, pop a bottle of wine, and maybe even have a company like Zeel or Soothe come to your home for a massage!