How often do you feel as though you put everything you have into raising your children, being a considerate spouse, working hard at your job, and being a present and generous friend? Moms can fall into the trap of taking care of those around them while pushing their own needs aside. Without proper self-care, however, you can find yourself worn down and stressed. The good news is that there are self-care tips that are actually effective.
My favorite definition for self-care comes from ReachOut.com, which defined self-care as:
It's common for women, mothers in particular, to spend their lives caring for and nurturing others. It's draining when you try to be everything to everyone. in an interview with the Kim Foundation, licensed clinical social worker with Methodist Community Counseling Program Mary Kate Hoffmann said that because caregivers are busy, the first and easiest thing to eliminate from their schedules is self-care. "Neglecting self-care can lead to compassion fatigue," she said. "Not only does compassion fatigue negatively affect the sufferer, but it also impacts our ability to care for effectively others.”
Just like when you are on an airplane and the flight attendants remind you to first put on your own air mask before helping others, it's important to make sure you are taken care of so that you can be successful at caring for others. Here are some effective self-care tips to get you feeling great again.