Take Care of Yourself, Mama: 6 Daily Self Care Tips
I am, by no means, a pinnacle of health. I’m a work in progress and a busy mom who is trying her best to take care of her family while also squeezing in tiny moments of self care throughout the day. After the whirlwind of getting kids ready for school, working from home and then tending to dinner/homework, etc, I’m wiped out and in need of some self care. Nothing major, though. In fact, I’ve learned that self care tips that insist we add more to our daily lists don’t actually help me care for myself.
I’ve learned that feeling better and reducing stress is work that has to be done from the inside out; with how we care for our bodies, our minds and our hearts.
This is why I’m excited to partner with Mamma Chia for this post as they launch their newest baby, Mamma Chia’s Clean Energy Beverage. Their products (and founder, Janie Hoffman!) understand what it means to make small choices of self care on a daily basis. Made with refreshing organic fruit juices and lightly sweetened, one bottle of Mamma Chia Clean Energy (10 oz.) delivers: more than an entire day’s worth of Omega-3s (2500mg), 25% of one’s daily fiber (6 grams), 4 grams of complete protein, 90mg of natural caffeine (about as much in an 8 oz. cup of coffee) and twice the antioxidants of a cup of green tea.
Mamma Chia’s Clean Energy drinks can be found in Walmart’s produce section at the front of the store in full display of a refrigerated end-cap and come in 4 flavors: Grape Power, Cherry Charge, Blackberry Blast, & Raspberry Razz. Chia Energy Drinks drinks are the first beverage that combine chia with the energy of guayusa.
Daily Mom Self Care Tips
Take these self care tips as a friendly reminder (or a gentle nudge) and realize that I’m also telling them to myself. Because moms deserve self care on a daily basis, too!
Make healthy choices that are simple and daily: Before I reach for the fourth cup of coffee or sugar-laden snack, I’m trying to make at least one healthier choice each day. For me, one easy way is to include chia seeds into my breakfast. Chia seeds are packed with plant-based omegas, protein and, since my kids have them every single day (in oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt), I could at least do the same for me. And like all Mamma Chia products, the new organic Clean Energy Drinks are Non-GMO Verified, gluten-free, Kosher and USDA Certified Organic.
Have something to look forward to that’s just for you: Maybe it’s a solo shopping trip, taking a shower or the last scoop of ice cream you’re saving for lunch. Maybe it’s an indulgent novel or Lifetime flick after a long day with the kids. Whatever it is, be intentional and look forward to something that’s just for you.
Do one thing for your tribe: Even on my worst days, when I feel completely wiped, I try to remember that there are moms out there battling the same challenges (if not bigger). Contributing to my community (or my mom tribe) really does wonders on my happiness and self esteem, so everyday I try to do one simple thing for them. Sometimes I go out of my way in bigger ways, but really, usually this means I text or message a friend privately to show support and that I’m with them. Surprisingly, this does wonders for my self care!
Get up and move daily: We gotta get moving, friends! Now that school is back in session and I’m walking a minimum of a mile a day, I realize how important those short breaks are. Don’t get excited – no sweat is broken here – but the quick walks to drop off/pick up the kids from school have done wonders on my self care.
Say affirmations daily: Say them, mama! I am beautiful. Today is such a gift. This is the life I choose.
Make one stress reducing choice every day: Guess what? Stress is our reaction… it’s not mandatory. And it’s a not a way to live! Stress doesn’t make us more attentive moms, more Type A or anything else really. After a big health scare last year, I’ve learned to chill. Life is too short and choosing to be stressed out now seems like the least rational choice. Every day, when confronted with challenges or when the pangs of stress start to elevate my heart rate, I take action steps to reduce it. Immediately. Nothing or nobody is worth it.
Taking care of ourselves and reducing stress needs to be a daily focus, made with simple choices that feeds both our minds and our bodies. How do you practice self care?