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How to Practice Self Care As A Busy Mom So Your Life Is Less Stressful

Are you ready to take control of your life and learn how to practice self-care as a busy mom?

Yes, you know you need self-care but you are extremely busy as it is, right? 

You, don’t want to add another daunting task when you already have a lot on your plate!

But, you know how important it is for you to do something for you.

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Why You Need To Practice Self Care Even If You’re A Busy Mom!

Well, today, my dear friend, I am going to walk you through developing a self-care plan that works best for you. 

Since self-care helps you be the best you, it is not something that can be pushed to the side and not practiced.

But, I get it, with kids, work, husband, family, friends, there seems are never enough hours in a day to do it all.

You need some easy self care activities so that you aren’t always last on your to-do list

Well, not anymore because today is the day that you are going to do something just for you!

Something to make you happy, less stressed, and less overwhelmed.

So let’s get started. 

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How To Practice Self Care As A Busy Mom

Well, the first thing you have to do to get started when you are learning how to practice self-care as a busy mom is, you need to realize that self-care is essential. 

You have to know with all of your heart that it’s okay to take time out for yourself. 

It is not selfish and it doesn’t mean you are a bad mom. 

I get it, mom guilt, is oh so real!

But, let me ask you this…

How does taking time out to make sure you’re mental health is good, your physical health is good, and your spiritual health is good, selfish?

In fact, when all 3 of them are healthy and in working order, you become a better, happier, mom. 

You’re more relaxed.

You’re less stressed.

You have more energy to play with your kids. 

Having a great self-care action plan, makes you a better mom, wife, coworker, sister, friend, citizen because you are able to help others and be there for others because you were able to make sure that you are the best you can be. 

What triggers you?

Have you ever wondered why you behave in certain ways during certain times?

Have you ever tried to figure that out?

Or do you try to control your emotions after they already started?

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Well, if you want to practice self-care as a busy mom, then you have to get to know yourself now more than ever. 

I want you to take time when you feel frustrated, annoyed, or sad, sit down and really try to figure out why that is. 

Why is it that your children hanging on you and wanting to play is making you annoyed?

Why is it that when you’re sad you turn to sweets for comfort?

Sit with yourself and really ask yourself what’s going on. 

Is it rational that you’re feeling this way?

Or is there something else behind it? 

For example, I know that when I am super tired and I had a bad night’s sleep, everyone better get out of my way! 

I get easily irritated and annoyed to the point that I just want to get through the day so I can get some rest. 

Sitting down and identifying what is making you feel some type of way will help you tremendously. 

You will notice when you don’t eat healthy, you may feel sluggish and tired. 

Or if you don’t complete your work during work hours, you may feel worried and overwhelmed.  

You’ll eventually notice that there’s a pattern. 

You will see that this feeling is usually caused by this trigger. You’ll be able to immediately know what to do to change your emotion. 

This leads me to the next step. 

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There is More Than One Type of Self Care

Before you can get into what self-care activities could work for you, you have to know that there are 9 different types of self-care. 

They are:

  • Emotional
  • Psychological
  • Financial
  • Professional
  • Spiritual
  • Social
  • Physical
  • Environmental
  • Personal

Each one of these self-care types has different activities that coordinate with them. 

For example….

PROFESSIONAL SELF CARE

If you are looking to practices professional self-care, here are a few ideas:

  • Nourishing lunch
  • Prioritizing work and life
  • Career coaching
  • Setting professional boundaries

SPIRITUAL SELF CARE

If you are looking to practices spiritual self-care, here are a few ideas:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Walking in nature
  • Going on a retreat

ENVIRONMENTAL SELF CARE

If you are looking to practices environmental self-care, here are a few ideas:

  • Recycling
  • Decluttering
  • Organizing
  • Making sure your environment is clean and safe

FINANCIAL SELF CARE

If you are looking to practices financial self-care, here are a few ideas:

  • Paying your bills on time
  • Knowing your expenses
  • Save money wisely
  • Invest money wisely

PHYSICAL SELF CARE

If you are looking to practices physical self-care, here are a few ideas:

  • Learn a new dance routine
  • Relax in a bath
  • Work out
  • Get enough sleep
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SOCIAL SELF CARE

If you are looking to practices social self-care, here are a few ideas:

  • Honor your commitments
  • Ask for help
  • Meet new people
  • Go out with friends or family

PSYCHOLOGICAL SELF CARE

If you are looking to practices psychological self-care, here are a few ideas:

  • Gratitude
  • Reading a book
  • Practicing being mindful
  • Digital detox

EMOTIONAL SELF CARE

If you are looking to practices emotional self-care, here are a few ideas:

  • Saying no
  • Delegating
  • Self-love
  • Boundaries

The fastest way to practice self-care as a busy mom is to figure out what you’re trigger is, you have to figure out which type of self-care you need and apply that self-care activity.

For example, if you had a hard day at work, you come home drained, overwhelmed, and you don’t feel like being bothered with anything or anybody, you can see that your trigger was work. 

If your trigger was work that means that you’re dealing with professional self-care. 

This means you need to see what kind of self-care activity correlates with professional self-care.

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Find the Self Care Activities That Work For Your Busy Life

One of the things that bug the heck out of me the most is that the media portrays self-care as if it can be simply solved by a bubble bath or shopping. 

But, let’s be real, practicing self-care as a busy mom, means we don’t have the time to do something extensive as taking a long bubble bath with champagne.

If you tried that, you would have multiple people coming in screaming about who touched who and who hit who first.

That doesn’t sound very relaxing, does it? 

And shopping?

Sure shopping is fine when we are shopping for the kids or our spouse. But when it comes to shopping for ourselves, there never seems to be enough room in the budget, am I right?

Well, don’t get all agitated and think that because you are a busy mom, practicing self-care isn’t for you because it is.

There are a ton of different ways that you can practice self-care as a busy mom and do it frugally and timely. 

Since you know there are 9 different types of self-care, you have to realize that there are different self-care activities for all 9 different areas. 

To make things clearer, let me take the example from above and show you exactly what I mean. 

You had a hard day at work and you come home drained, overwhelmed, and you don’t feel like being bothered with anything or anybody, you can see that your trigger was work. 

Since we know the trigger is work, you can now look and see what self care activity is listed.

Practice that activity so that you can change your negative emotion to a positive one. 

But…that does lead me to tell you and warn you that self-care is different for everyone. 

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Yes, you know people who practice self-care, and I’m sure they share what works for them. 

You must take what they say with a grain of salt because they are not you.

They have different priorities and different lives.

I’m not saying that you can’t try the same activities that they did.

I just don’t want you to think that because it works for them that it is going to work for you too.

You’re different than your friend, your mom, and your sister so it may not work at all. 

Self care is trial and error.

You have to keep trying different activities that correlate with the different self-care types. This way you can see which activities affect your mood in a positive way. 

Bonus Tip: You can always reach out to a person who keeps it real with you. and ask them to help you practice self-care as a busy mom. 

Once you find the activity that helps you or the person who can help, you can move on to the last and final step in learning how to practice self-care for busy moms. 

Before you do, I want to do a recap to make sure you remember the steps. 

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How To Practice Self Care As A Busy Mom Recap

Okay, let’s do a quick recap. 

I know this may be a lot to digest so I want to make sure you got it. 

  1. Know that self-care is essential. 
  2. Learn your triggers 
  3. Remember there are 9 different types of self-care and they have their own self-care activities 
  4. Find which self-care activity works for you!

Now that you recapped the steps on how to practice self care as a buys mom, let’s get to the last and final step so you can have a life that is less stressed. 

Create A Busy Mom Happy File

You heard me say that there are a lot of different self care activities for each type of self care. 

I told you that you need to do trial and error when it comes to the self care activities. 

Well, when you find a activity that works for you, I want you to write it down.

I want you to create your self-care for busy moms happy file or you can just call it your happy file. 

Whatever floats your boat. 

This way when you find what self-care activity works for you, you can immediately apply that activity.

The great thing about having a happy file is that you can put anything in it that makes you happy. 

I have funny YouTube videos, gifs, videos of my family, text messages, etc. 

Literally you can add  anything and everything to your happy file. 

Plus, my happy file is digital and stored on my cell phone. This way I can take it with me wherever I go.

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The Last Thing You Need To Know About How To Practice Self Care As A Busy Mom

Whew girl, you made it and I’m so proud of you. 

This means you really want to learn how to practice self-care as a busy mom, and I’m here to show you exactly how! 

But…let’s be honest, reading and learning about it, is the easiest step. 

The step that matters is action.

Take what you learned here, put it into action.

This way you can change your life and be more relaxed and less stressed. 

By the way, if you are ready to get things started off the right way, take our quiz so you can find out what self-care activity is perfect for you, by clicking here. 

Remember Love Always and Spread Bliss,

Ree

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