We all know that while motherhood is beautiful, it can also be a stressful, hair-pulling-out, hectic experience. Up early every morning, and in bed late every night, moms are some of the hardest working people out there. Yet, too few mothers take the time to look after themselves, even though it can be a crucial factor in their health and mental state. The stress relief that self-care provides can help improve someone’s immune system, energy levels, and love life.
While you may only have an hour or two to yourself at night, it’s important to optimize your time to fit in some quick self-care that will leave you both refreshed and ready to tackle whatever adventure tomorrow brings. Here are a few small steps that can make all the difference in ensuring you take care of yourself:
Confidence in your own beauty can play a huge part in your happiness and stress levels. Luckily, there are some quick routines that can help you take control of your look without spending all night on it. Always wash your face before bed and try to get into the rhythm of applying a gentle cleanser each night. It will strip your face of the oils that built up over the day and provide a layer of hydrating protection that does it’s work while you sleep. Then, apply a nourishing creme to gently exfoliate your skin and leave it soft and supple.
Taking some time to treat yourself may sound silly, but it can have some serious benefits for your mental health. Plus, for all the hard work you do, you deserve to pamper yourself every now and then. Relax in a hot bath with a bath bomb, throw on your favorite face mask, or paint your nails. Do whatever helps you feel spoiled in order to unwind and relax. For more ideas, check out my post on daytime relaxation here.
Getting enough sleep is arguably the best kind of self-care you can give yourself: higher energy, boosted mood, and lowered blood pressure. One of the easiest ways to get a good night’s rest is making yourself comfortable because it can help your body relax and fall asleep faster. Put on your favorite pajamas, slippers, or robe, and curl up with a good cup of herbal tea. And, make sure your bed is just as comfortable once you finally crawl in. A supportive mattress coupled with your favorite pillow and comforter can go a long way in helping you get comfortable and sleep through the night.
With all the stress that moms regularly face, it’s important to have an outlet that allows you to leave it all behind. Meditation can help calm your mind and settle your thoughts, by easing stress and anxiety before bed. Plus, it can be surprisingly easy! You don’t have to cross your legs and sit on the floor to meditate: try it in bed or on a chair for optimal comfort.
It’s important to practice some self-care, not only to be a better mom, wife, and friend but to also feel more comfortable and confident in yourself.
How will you look after yourself tonight?