As moms, self-care doesn’t always come naturally. Taking care of ourselves is often last on our list of priorities. We tend to put the needs of our families ahead of our own, often to the point of exhaustion. With all the other responsibilities we have, self-care often gets pushed to the back burner. But the truth is, taking care of ourselves is not only important but it is crucial to our overall health, both physical and mental.
When it comes to physical health, Dr. Adam Splaver of Nano Health Associates says “Self-care is important because it helps us maintain optimal physical and mental health. Taking time to prioritize our own needs helps us remain balanced and energized, and better able to take care of our families.”
A recent study found that moms who take self-care seriously have better physical health, mental health, and overall well-being. This is because taking time for ourselves has a direct impact on our stress levels. “When we make time for ourselves, we are able to de-stress and gain perspective on our lives,” says Dr. Marissa Peck of the American Psychological Association.
Self-care helps us to better manage our thoughts, emotions, and reactions to life’s challenges.” Self-care doesn’t have to be complicated or overwhelming. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes each day to do something you enjoy, whether it’s taking a hot bath or taking a week-long getaway to recharge.
So don’t feel guilty about taking some time for yourself. It's about reconnecting with ourselves and taking care of our physical and emotional needs. As Dr. Kupers says, “Self-care is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. When we make time for ourselves, we can be the best version of ourselves for our families.”