Still, you can’t pour from an empty pitcher or take optimal care of your family when you’re exhausted.
Here are 9 ways to practice self care without feeling mom guilt.
1. Protect Your Health
If you have little ones, getting them ready for bed can be a struggle, between bathtime, brushing their teeth, and more. It can be easy to skip these basic tasks when it’s time for you to get in bed, but something as simple as brushing your teeth can make you look and feel so much better.
How often do you tumble into bed without brushing your teeth? Doing so could have long-term health consequences. Researchers implicate oral bacteria in dementia development, a condition that robs many older adults of the joy of their golden years.
You should brush your teeth twice daily, and complete your evening routine with flossing and a fluoride-based oral rinse. Some people find that electric models and water flossers do a superior job. Why not give these tools a try and see if it makes the task more like self care and less like a chore?
2. Squeeze in a Workout
If you work and raise your kids, you might feel like you have no time to exercise. The pandemic made things even worse, falling disproportionately on female shoulders and causing countless women to rearrange their schedules.
However, you don’t have to carve out an hour of your day to hit the gym. You can get your fitness in 5- or 10-minute intervals. Many of today’s popular fitness apps, like DailyBurn, feature brief workouts of this length, letting you find time for fitness even when you’re swamped.
3. Have Your Kids Help
It can be hard to tackle your to-do list at home when your kids are around, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up. Find ways your children can lend a hand and relieve some of your pressure.
You may want to tidy up your home so you can feel more relaxed. Try putting together supply kits for your children with a dust cloth and kid-friendly cleaning products so they can help with the work. Having their own supplies, maybe even decorated with stickers, might make the chore more fun.
If you would rather spend the evening pampering, see if your child would want to paint your nails or brush your hair. You’ll enjoy the relaxation while they can have fun pretending to be your personal stylist.