The hard part about selfcare is consistently practicing it on a daily basis. In the chaos of motherhood and day-to-day life, there are just not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that needs to get down and selfcare is usually the first to fall off the list. I have learned that the key to selfcare is creating small, simple things throughout my day that bring me joy and peace. So here is a list of simple selfcare pleasures that help me through the day.
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- Puzzles. Having something to help you zone out is a must when you are a mom. The problem is I found myself all too often mindlessly scrolling social media and it just felt like a time suck. So I have gone back to an old childhood love of mine…puzzles. I am talking 1,000 piece puzzles. I have a space in my kitchen where a puzzle is always there and throughout my day I take 5-10 minutes here and there to put a few puzzle pieces together. In about a week or so I have a completed puzzle and I feel like a genius.
- Face Mask Sheets. I was never one to be into a big skincare routine. Wash and moisturize was about all I did on a regular basis. But my last pregnancy seemed to suck all the moisture from my skin and I quickly realized I needed to change things up. That’s when I noticed people using what seemed to be an easy go to with these face masks. I tried them and saw a difference in my skin in just weeks and now it’s a weekly part of my skincare routine.
- Reading. Since having kids I gave up on reading….I am talking actually real live books. I told myself I didn’t have the time and my brain was too fried to take any books in. But I had to admit that I missed reading so I made a commitment to myself to make reading a habit again even if I did it for only a few minutes a day while sitting on the toilet or right before I fall asleep. Now I am reading about 2 books per month and loving every minute of it.
- Foot/Hand Cream. I keep a jar of cream by my bedside and every night I lay on my bed and massage the cream into my feet and hands. It takes about 5 minutes and it is a luxurious way to end a long day.
- Wireless Headphones. I spend more time than I care to count in my car driving my kids from one thing to the next. And frankly I am really tired of hearing the same 5 songs and 3 movies that my kids listen to over and over and over. So I bought myself a pair of wireless headphones so I can listen to the things I want to listen to like the music I am in the mood for or one of my favorite podcast. It makes my mom taxi services that much more enjoyable.
- Eye Mask. I never had problems with dark circles or puffy eyes until my kids came along. But years of unpredictable sleeping patterns has definitely changed that. I never really thought to use eye mask until a friend of mine showed up at our kids’ Saturday activities with eye masks under her sunglasses. Freakin’ brilliant! I have been hooked ever since.
- Cozy Mug. There is nothing like a good cup of coffee or tea in a great mug to start your day. I personally have a collection of them that I choose from based on my mood (hahahaha) but that is just me. One good mug will do just fine. I also get up before my kiddos so that I can actually enjoy my first cup of coffee while it’s still hot.
- Silk Robe. I use to sleep in the buff but since having kids you can usually find me in a beat up tshirt and a pair of over stretched granny panties. Does that sound familiar to you? But I got tired of feeling like a slouch from the moment I woke up. So I went and bought myself a luxurious silk robe. So even if I throw it on over my granny panties and over sized tee it seems to set a much better tone for the day and I have much more pep in my step as I strut through the house dragging my children out of their beds.
What simple selfcare pleasure do you use to help get you through your days?
Elisha Beach is a stay-at-home mom to four kids and four step-kids…Yes, you read that right—eight kids. She is a wife, home cook, taxi driver, herder of children, terrible housekeeper and founder of The Mom Forum.
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