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8 Five-Minute Self-Care Ideas For The Busy Mom

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8 Five-Minute Self-care ideas For The Busy Mom

Whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom there are plenty of things on your plate. We are known for giving, giving, and giving until we completely deplete ourselves. 

When I talk to other moms about what they do to take care of themselves, most don’t. In fact, many have a look of confusion about what self-care is or a "how the hell do you expect me to have time for that?" look. They don’t have the time or the energy, they don’t see the importance, or they feel guilty if they try to take care of themselves. 

Ladies, stop it! You need to put fuel in your tank. Ideally, you can get in more than 5 minutes here and there, but for those who feel like they cannot do self-care for moms, this is a good place to start. 

I know, I know — it feels impossible, but just stick with me for a few minutes. I’ve done it and so can you. Here are 8 self-care ideas if you're too busy being a mom"

1. Exercise

Be creative and fun with it if you need to. Have you seen some of those videos on the internet? They can turn anything into exercise and so can you. You can do a lot of things in a few five-minute windows throughout the day. Some days, this may involve the children, other days you may be able to exercise on your own. 

I cannot remember the last time I didn't have someone say "mom" during a workout at home. There are plenty of five-minute workouts on the internet that you can do at home and if you are not sure where to start, try jumping rope or burpees. 

Don’t have a jump rope? Pretend like you do! Just get moving.      

2. Journal

Do some free-flowing writing for five minutes every day. Maybe this is in the morning or maybe it needs to be in the evening. Just spend five minutes writing about your thoughts and feelings. 

There are so many benefits to journaling — therapeutic healing and processing, improved cognition and memory, and mindfulness to name a few. 

Don’t have a pen and paper available? Try one of those journaling apps or the notes page on your phone.

3. Meditate

There are many different types of meditation, so there is probably one that is a good fit for you. Just spend the time alone with your thoughts

Yes, I know that some days it is hard to go to the bathroom by yourself, but there are little windows of opportunity. 

Do you find that your mind wanders too quickly? Try meditating while doing a repetitive task like folding laundry

4. Color

Yes, I said color. Get out those markers, colored pencils, and crayons and just color. Have you seen the adult coloring books? They are making them just for us now! 

Be creative. Be silly. There is research that supports coloring for its calming effects and benefits for mental health. If meditation feels hard for you, try coloring instead. 

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5. Read

Reading may seem like a task that's harder to fit into your schedule. Trust me, I know how hard it can be to read with littles running around and the word "mom" being said every few minutes. 

Try reading a few minutes before bed or during nap time. Or you can try audio books. I listen to them in the car, while grocery shopping, or doing chores. Keep a book in your purse or download a book on your phone and seize the moment. 

6. Have a dance party

Burn those calories. Amp up your mood. Turn up the music and dance around. Music and dance therapy have been shown to improve physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning. 

Get up and move. Dance with your kids or by yourself. My older one does not want mom to shake her booty but my baby girl and I love to dance and sing and spin in circles. 

Have fun! It is an important part of self-care. 

7. Talk to a friend

Seems simple enough, but we all know that sometimes it can be hard to schedule time together. Have a play-date with your kids. Schedule a time to chat in the evening after bedtime. 

Here is the condition, though — this friend needs to be a positive person. We may love our friends for a variety of different reasons, but the ones that drain you should not be part of your self-care. The fun, positive friends are the ones you want to make time for. 

8. Have sex

Ok, so hopefully you can find more than five minutes in your schedule to have sex with your partner, but there is nothing wrong with a quickie every now and then. I know finding those moments alone can be a challenge. 

Be creative. We have locks on bedroom doors for a reason. Have you ever looked up the health benefits of having sex? There is a long list. Not to mention the ways that it can be beneficial for your relationship. 

We tend to feel more connected to our partner, with a healthy level of intimacy.   

When we become busy and overwhelmed, our self-care or stress management is often the first thing that we cut out of our busy schedule. This is when we need it the most. 

We need a balance of work and recovery in all aspects of our life. Find little 5-minute opportunities here and there to help take care of you and then hopefully you can expand the times when possible. 

If you feel guilty, think about your kids. What example do you want to set for them? Hopefully, it is that taking care of ourselves physically and mentally is important. 

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Candice Wright works with individuals to improve their interpersonal effectiveness, develop communication, and to reach new goals. For more information, visit her website.

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