You’re tired, right?
I mean, you are a mom, so it’s safe to assume that by the end of the day, while your wine cup might be full, your life cup is close to empty.
Self care is a topic that gets thrown around a lot in the momosphere and it typically involves doing things that cost money. But not every woman has the luxury of dropping hundreds of dollars (or even several hours) on pampering herself. That’s just the reality of many moms’ situations.
So this one goes out to all the moms who are living that busy, frugalista lifestyle and still want to feel like a million bucks thanks to their budget-friendly, time-saving self care routine.
Start your day off with a high quality vitamin to gear your body up for a full day of momming, working, or in most cases, both.
Also, choosing good food fuels for your body like plenty of protein sources, healthy carbs, and some antioxidant-packed fruits will help you get the sustained energy you need to feel good all day long. This requires some prep ahead of time, but the dividends of a healthy lifestyle and renewed energy will make it totally worth it. Smoothies are a great way to get in your fruits and veggies when you’re on the go and there’s a great life hack for prep-ahead smoothies that will blow your mind. Trust me, you’ll wish you had discovered this sooner!
And of course you already know this, but water is your best friend for a healthy, nourished system. Hate drinking plain water? Here are some great flavored water hacks that you can do on the cheap using fruits and ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
To affectionately quote Elle Woods from Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.”
When you get in a good workout, you not only deploy endorphins (those little neurotransmitters that make you happy), but you get a plethora of other physical and mental health benefits. They’re the kind of benefits like better cardiovascular health, muscle tone, bone strength, and mental acuity that your future self will thank you for making a priority now.
Fortunately, Sarasota has a great selection of gyms and health clubs. There are even local exercise programs that allow you to bring your kids that are incredibly affordable. If your budget is too tight to “budge it,” check out some fantastic dance workouts on YouTube that you can do from the comfort of your living room.
After a long day, take the extra two minutes to cleanse and moisturize that beautiful mama face and bod of yours. Our skin is our biggest and often most neglected organ. For bonus points, treat yourself to a hydrating mask once a month. With masks available for as little as $3 to $5, this is an investment in your skin that won’t break the bank and will help you take care of your largest and most exposed organ.
Remember when your teachers tried to convince you that reading is fun? Well, turns out, it really is — especially when you’re able to get your hands on a book that will help empower your spirit and comfort your soul.
Studies have shown that taking a social media/screen time hiatus at least 1 hour prior to heading to bed can actually help you fall asleep faster and more soundly. What parent doesn’t wish for that? Of course, the Sarasota County Library system is a great, FREE resource for avid readers.
Another budget-friendly way to get your hands on some good reads is starting a book exchange with other local like-minded mamas who are willing to exchange books in their personal libraries with you. Can’t find a book exchange? Start one of your own! You’ll be surprised by how much other moms just like you want to expand their horizons.
Speaking of sleep, reading is a fantastic strategy for getting to sleep at an earlier time. Better sleep ensures that you are giving your body plenty of time to repair from your busy day and renew for the next. Because we all know in the realm of motherhood, there ain’t no rest for the weary. While it may not always be possible with teething babies, growth spurts and restless toddlers, making the effort to get as much sleep as possible will move you in the right direction.
Try implementing these easy self care practices daily. There’s no doubt that you will notice an improvement in the way you feel. Because taking care of yourself IS one of the best ways to care for your family.