When is the last time that you did something for yourself momma? Special needs Mommas are the worst at taking care of ourselves. We focus on our children and forget about ourselves! Have you ever heard the saying “You can’t fill from an empty cup”? If you aren’t helping yourself, you can’t help your littles. Self Care is essential for taking care of others. So, check out these 5 tips for self care for special needs mommas.
Make A Plan
Yep, I am one of those people. Plan out your day or your week. Doing this little think will help you to relax so that you know what is coming next. Planning doesn’t have to be expensive or hard. Take a piece of paper and write out, with times, what the plan is for the day. If you are like me, you go all out with planning and get a big planner and decorate it! Whatever your strategy, just do it!
I can not stress this enough. One of the best things I did for myself was to quit drinking pop (or soda) and start drinking water. Water is what our bodies run on and one of the essential things that we need to continue to go! The theory is that you should drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces. Yes, this is a lot. Start small!
Go Get A Pedicure
We all need time away. A pedicure, on average, takes about a half an hour. This will give you time away from the hustle and bustle of special needs momma life. Did I mention that you end up with pretty feet that will make you happy?
Take A Walk
Exercise resets our metabolism. This allows us to properly digest our food which makes us feel better. While you are walking you can listen to a book or a podcast. I’m not talking a self care book or podcast, unless that’s your jam (it’s mine), I’m talking a fun and fictional book. Zone out!
Go To Bed Early
I know this one is hard, especially if you don’t have someone to watch your little if needed, but every once in a while getting some extra sleep can invigorate you. When you put your little to bed, GO TO BED. The housework, dishes, and weeds will all be there tomorrow. It’s not worth it. Your body needs sleep to recharge. Don’t get sleep? You become crabby and then you can’t take care of anyone else.
Some of these tips are easier said then done, I know. When you make yourself a priority, you can be there for those who need your help. Have questions about how I do this? Let me know here!