6 Realistic and Absolutely Necessary Self-Care Tips for Mums

August 23, 2021 3 min read

6 REALISTIC AND ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY SELF-CARE TIPS FOR MUMS


Self-care for mums can sound like a bit of a joke, especially in the early days. As mamas, we’re often the ones to put everyone else first, leaving our own needs ‘til last. And as for the age-old advice “sleep when the baby sleeps”? Pfft! 

The thing is, we need to take care of our physical and mental health. It may take some effort to remind ourselves, but self-care isn’t selfish, and it’s an important part of parenting. So how do you make sure you’re taking the time for yourself.

It doesn’t require a full day at the spa (although that’s wonderful if you can swing it!) Here are some of our favourite, and most importantly realistic, self-care tips for mums.

Get moving in a way that feels good for you
Whether it’s an intensive HIIT class at the nearest gym or a leisurely stroll around the block, find a way to get moving that works for you. There are some wonderful YouTube channels like Yoga with Adriene or Mylee Dance to guide you through everything from a soothing morning stretch to a quick dance break to shake off your worries. The endorphins will be pumping, your mood will be lifted and your body and mind will feel better than before! Promise.

Breathe in  

Self-care isn’t all scented candles and sheet masks (although they are lovely). Sometimes it’s as simple as removing distractions and taking a quiet moment to ourselves. Meditation can seem a bit strange for beginners, but there are some wonderful, free apps like Smiling Mind and Insight Timer with sessions you can do in the morning, before bed or even on your lunch break. It can be a fantastic way to gain a new perspective, manage stress and anxiety, and get a better night’s sleep. 


Connect with people you care about
We’ve been focusing on alone-time so far, but spending time with loved-ones can be just as therapeutic. It can be easy to lose touch with other grownups after having a bub, but gosh it’s nice to have a conversation about something other than nappies and Paw Patrol! Scheduling a girls lunch, a quick visit with family, even a trip to the park with another mum will pay off by improving your mood. 

Create something
We’re not talking about creating a world-class masterpiece, but there’s something magical about creating for the sake of creating. Grab a notebook and start journaling, download an app like Happy Colour, jump on the bread-making train, or

Wear something that makes you happy!
Studies have shown that dressing up can actually boost your mood and overall confidence, so it’s no wonder that a few days in a row of old jeans and sweaters with yesterday’s breakfast on the sleeve can leave us feeling a bit ‘blah’. Some days it can feel like far too much energy to piece an outfit together, but make the effort every once in a while to throw on something that makes you feel like YOU. A bright colour, a beautiful summery dress, whatever it takes to boost that dopamine in your brain. If you’re stuck on what the heck to wear… stick around! We’re here to help with that. 


At the end of the day, self-care for mums shouldn’t be something we feel guilty for. It may not always come naturally at first, but ensuring your own needs are being met before you meet the needs of your kids is an important part of being a parent. So try some of our tips and take care of you, mama!


 

Lauren Siliato
Lauren Siliato


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Moolk Mama Blog

How to unlock your inner confidence
How to unlock your inner confidence

August 12, 2021 3 min read

We caught up with Esther from The Love Archives to find out how mums can unleash their inner confidence.
Mum with coffee mug
Tips for mums to get through (another) lockdown

August 05, 2021 3 min read

As Aussie states deal with unpredictable lockdown rules, we've got the tips to keep you going!
Breastfeeding mother with ba
World Breastfeeding Week: Moolk mamas share their journeys

August 03, 2021 3 min read

Mums share their beautiful breastfeeding stories; the touching joyful moments, the unexpected harsh truths, and everything in between.

Become a Moolk Mama