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7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself as a Mom

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I’m a mom to two little boys and as a mom, I know that sometimes it’s easier to focus on taking care of others than it is to focus on taking care of ourselves.  Here are 7 ways that moms can take care of themselves even when busy:

1. Get more sleep.

I’m a 9-10 hours kind of girl.  I know, that might seem excessive to some but that’s the amount my body needs to function at 100%.  Sure, you can stay up late to get extra stuff done (I do it sometimes too) but I find that when I’m overly tired I’m not as efficient.  And I’m not as nice either.

2. Drink more water.

Drink more water than you think you need.  Sometimes I’m busy rushing around all day and I realize that it’s been hours since I stopped to drink some water.  Dehydration can lead to headaches.  I try to fill up a big water bottle at breakfast and finish it before lunch.  Then I refill it at lunch time and finish it by dinner.  That way I know I’m getting in the recommended 64 ounces a day.  Try getting a cute water bottle or tumbler cup to carry around with you so you’ve always got cold water on hand.

3. Exercise

What’s they best kind of exercise to do?  They always say it’s the one you will actually do.  Find some kind of exercise that you like.  And moms, if you can afford then get a membership at a gym with childcare.  It’s a game-changer.  I love that my husband and I can workout while our kids play a little then we can pick up the kids and we all go swimming together as a family.

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4. Take breaks.

Sometimes I get to work on something and I just want to plow through until it’s done.  But I find that I have better focus when I allow myself breaks.  Work some breaks into your schedule.

5. Treat yo self.

Think of the little luxuries you love and have them on hand for when you need a little pick me up.  Maybe you like pretty nail polishes or fresh flowers?  Personally I love having little things like nice bath salts and scrubs for when I want to take a nice long bath and I hide a personal stash of chocolate in the pantry.  Go get a regular pedicure or take a little time for yourself to pursue a hobby.  Pick something that you really enjoy and make sure you do it from time to time.

6. Eat right.

I’m not saying don’t eat all the delicious desserts on Pinterest or avoid pizza or anything like that.  I’m all for eating pizza and dessert.  But eat a diet that includes the healthy, nutritious stuff that your body needs.

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7.Take your vitamins.

You might not think these make a big difference, but they do!  I include a variety of foods in my diet but there are some nutritional gaps from time to time.  Last year I had blood work done and my iron was low.  So I make sure to take a multivitamin that includes iron.


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7 ways to care for yourself as a busy mom


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Mary Martha Mama