Updated: Nov 11, 2020
Our life takes a new turn as soon as we place our eyes on our little bundle of joy! Suddenly the whole thing is about the baby! And to some degree, it should be that way, as we can only raise healthy, happy individuals when we treat them well. Ironically while doing so, most of us moms are neglecting the underlying cornerstone of our self-care lives.
We live in a busy, fast-paced society that in my opinion, does not value mental health as much as it should.
The daily routine requires endless attention and energy from us, that we are left completely squeezed out at the end of the day to look after ourselves. An important aspect of our well-being is often ignored. In all of these, it is obvious that our children and their health have become the uppermost priority. And then there is the comfort and wellbeing of our near and dear ones. But while doing so, do we realize that maybe a little self-care can go a long way in helping us become better mothers and also in taking care of our emotional and mental health as well?
The feeling of remorse lifts its head while we talk about self-care and me-time. We hope we can use the time in any more fruitful jobs. Yet we don't know that taking care of ourselves is the most constructive thing we can do! A happy and relaxed mother means a family that is organized and happy.
I myself, being the mother of two children, had once thrown the word "self-care" out of the window. But, yes, it didn't take me long to realize that not only did it adversely affect my mental health, but also my ability to nurture my children and my family! Now, I make sure that I keep some time aside for myself every day so that I can rejuvenate my physical and mental health.
The subject is of such great significance today because of a few reasons.
More and more families are now nuclear families.
Owing to rapid globalization, people live far from their immediate families in every corner of the world.
More women work outside the home compared to previous generations.
Because of these reasons, our age-old social family structure has shattered such that we often find ourselves cornered alone.
While it is true Mom's duties are never over. You still need to take care of yourself. Otherwise, we will end up burnt out and exhausted. It’s not necessary to take a long pampering session, it's anything that helps you feel more connected to yourself.
If you find yourself often falling asleep on the couch, having trouble remembering things, or snapping at your kids, self-care is exactly what you need.
Listen to your Mind and Body. Take a look, and see what you can start implementing in your life today.
So, set aside time for yourself, self-grooming is necessary, get the right sleep, nourish the body, and seek support most importantly.
Support is most often just a request away from you. Look around, you have trustworthy friends and relatives who may help, don’t hesitate to seek. You would be surprised to see how many people out there are happily willing to extend the helping hand.
Hope this article will inspire you to think more about yourself! Only when you're in good physical and mental shape you will definitely give the best to the people around you! Share your thoughts, and don’t forget to share with all your other mom friends.
Till then eat healthily & sleep tight.