Let’s face it, being a mom is hard work. It’s like running a marathon, but instead of a finish line, you get a toddler who refuses to nap. And when you’re already dealing with mental health issues, that marathon can feel like an ultramarathon in the Sahara. But fear not, my fellow moms with mental health struggles, because we’ve got your back. In this post, we’re going to share some self-care tips that will help you stay sane (well, as sane as any mom can be). So, grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine, we don’t judge), and let’s dive into some tips that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of those little humans who depend on you.
Self-care is all about taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally. It’s like putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others. As moms, we often put the needs of our children, partners, and pets ahead of our own. But neglecting our own self-care can have serious consequences on our mental health.
For moms with mental health issues, self-care is even more critical. It’s not just about taking a bubble bath or getting a manicure (although those can be great self-care activities too!). It’s about prioritizing our mental health and making sure we have the tools to manage our symptoms.
Self-care may look different for moms with mental health issues compared to those without. For example, some self-care activities may be triggering for someone with anxiety or PTSD. Going to a crowded mall or watching a suspenseful movie may not be the best self-care activity for them.
On the other hand, some self-care activities may be essential for moms with mental health issues. For example, taking medications, going to therapy, or getting enough sleep may be crucial for managing symptoms.
The key is to understand what self-care means for you and your mental health. It may take some trial and error to find the right self-care activities that work for you. And that’s okay! Self-care is a personal journey, and what works for one mom may not work for another.
But the bottom line is this: self-care is not selfish. It’s necessary. And as moms with mental health issues, we need to make our self-care a top priority.
When it comes to self-care, it’s important to find what works for you. Sure, everyone says meditation is great, but if the mere thought of sitting in silence makes you want to scream, then it’s probably not the best option for you. Instead, try finding a mindfulness exercise that works for you, whether it’s coloring, knitting, or even just taking a walk outside. It’s all about finding what calms your mind and centers you. And if all else fails, there’s always the option of curling up with a good book and a glass of wine (or two).
Exercise is another great way to take care of yourself and your mental health. Now, before you roll your eyes and say, ‘I barely have time to shower, let alone work out,’ hear me out. You don’t need to go to the gym for hours on end or run a marathon (unless that’s your thing, in which case, go for it). Instead, find an exercise routine that works for you, whether it’s a quick 10-minute workout video or a walk around the block with the stroller. The important thing is to get moving and get those endorphins flowing. Plus, exercise can be a great way to release any pent-up stress or anxiety.
And last but not least, don’t underestimate the power of a strong support system. Whether it’s a therapist, a trusted friend, or a supportive online community, having people in your corner who understand what you’re going through can make all the difference. So don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help when you need it. Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. And as a mom with mental health issues, you deserve all the love and care in the world. So go ahead, treat yourself to that bubble bath and glass of wine. You’ve earned it.
When the world feels like it’s closing in on you and your kids are acting like tiny, unrelenting tornadoes, it’s easy to feel like you’re about to lose your marbles. But fear not, because there are coping strategies that can help you weather the storm. One of the simplest but most effective ways to calm your mind and ground yourself is through deep breathing exercises. Take a moment to close your eyes and focus on your breath. Inhale deeply for four counts, hold for seven, and exhale for eight. Repeat this for a few minutes until you feel more centered. Or if you’re like me and can’t count to eight without losing track, just breathe in for as long as you can and exhale slowly. It’s all about finding what works for you. And if all else fails, there’s always wine.
And if deep breathing exercises aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to center yourself. One of my personal favorites is to engage in a creative activity. Maybe it’s coloring, painting, or writing. Whatever it is, find something that brings you joy and allows you to focus on the present moment. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, throw on some loud music and dance it out. It may sound silly, but trust me, a good dance party can do wonders for your mood. And let’s be real, your kids will love it too.
The important thing to remember is that there’s no one right way to cope with overwhelming emotions or situations. It’s about finding what works for you and your unique needs. Don’t be afraid to try different strategies until you find the ones that resonate with you. And most importantly, be kind to yourself. Being a mom is hard work, and managing mental health issues on top of that is even harder. You’re doing the best you can, and that’s more than enough.
Remember, mama, taking care of yourself is not selfish, it’s necessary. Prioritizing your mental health and well-being not only benefits you but also your family. By implementing self-care practices in your daily routine, you can better manage your mental health and be a better mom to your little ones. And when overwhelming emotions or situations arise, don’t hesitate to reach out for additional support and resources. You are not alone in this journey.
As Erma Bombeck once said, “Guilt is the gift that keeps on giving,” but it doesn’t have to be that way. Let’s ditch the guilt and embrace the power of self-care. So go ahead, take that bubble bath, read that book, or indulge in your favorite guilty pleasure. You deserve it, mama. And as always, keep on keepin’ on.
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