This post was sponsored by Neutrogena as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
One of my biggest regrets, when my kids were babies, is that I didn't take time for myself. I felt guilty for even thinking about leaving them with a babysitter. Thinking that I needed to “do it all,” I wore my body down to the point of exhaustion.
When Did Motherhood Turn Into Martyrdom?
When my youngest son was around five months old, I was admitted to the hospital leaving my husband alone with a 5-month-old, almost 2-year-old, and 4-year-old. Even when I was in the hospital with a raging fever and headache, I was asking the nurses if they could bring me a breast pump or if we could somehow bring my baby into my room.
At my follow up appointment the doctor asked me what I did for myself to take care of me. Tears started flowing. I was a mom. Don't moms do everything for everyone else first and then take care of themselves? My husband worked crazy hours. Our family lived 6-8 hours away. We had friends, but they all had busy lives too. Who was I supposed to call for help?
I felt that office feeling defeated and alone. I was supposed to go back, but couldn't get an appointment when my husband could stay home with the kids, so I never went back.
Now that my kids are older, I understand how incredibly crazy that was. I saw self care as something frivolous moms did when their kids were older and in school, or after they went off to college. Self care was laziness. There was no rest for the weary. Ever.
Friends, self care is important. But I understand that it may feel impossible. That's why I want to share with you 5 simple self care ideas for moms who have no time for themselves. Read through the list and tell me which ones you're going to try this week and what you would add!
5 Simple Self Care Ideas for Moms
1. Drink a cup of hot tea with honey before bed.
Treat yourself to a pretty mug and your favorite tea. Take time to enjoy the quiet after the kids go to bed, we all know it might not last long. Breath in. Exhale. Just sit and enjoy your tea. It will be a great way to decompress before bed.
2. Read the book.
You know that book everyone is talking about. The one you want to read but you keep telling yourself it would sit on a shelf. Borrow it from the library and read for 15-20 minutes a day. Better yet, create a reading time in your day. Maybe the baby is napping and your toddler is awake. They can grab a pile of books and “read” with you, or on their bed for a quiet time, while you sit and read.
3. Listen to music.
Music is powerful. It can change your mood in an instant. Create a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs that make you smile. Ones that you know will bring sunshine to a messy day.
4. Stay hydrated.
I was horrible at drinking enough water and taking time to eat when mine were littles. All I can do is shake my head at my myself. Why?! Eat. Stay hydrated. These will do wonders for your patience and energy levels.
5. Take a shower and put on clean clothes.
I know. Don't roll your eyes. I promise that it's not impossible to take a shower as a mom and wear clean clothes. If you must, wait until after you drop the kids off at school. Make yourself a priority with Neutrogena Rainbath when you needed a pick me up. It's a must-have essential for busy moms. And who isn't a busy mom?
I still do. Now the kids are a lot more independent, and in school, but a shower or bath is still part of my self care routine. Neutrogena Rainbath is great because there are several different scents to choose from and it's versatile. They include scents like:
- Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel – Original
- Renewing Shower and Bath Gel- Pear & Green Tea
- Rejuvenating Shower and Bath Gel Pomegranate
- Replenishing Shower and Bath Gel Ocean Mist
- Restoring Shower and Bath Gel Fresh Plum
Pomegranate and Plum were definite favorites. Ocean Mist and Pear & Green Tea came in close though. Those two are for my “spa day” tub soak times. While Pomegranate and Plum are what we mainly use in the shower. It's possible one of my favorite things about Neutrogena Rainbath is how it cleans and conditions without leaving behind a heavy, filmy residue. Yuck. Residue in a bathtub is never a fun thing to clean later.
Neutrogena Rainbath can be used a shower gel, bubble bath, or shaving cream. It's perfect for minimalistic moms. One bottle, many uses! Plus it's convenient to purchase. You can find Neutrogena Rainbath at Walgreens or Walgreens.com.
Now that school is back in session, take time for you, Mamas. You deserve it.
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