LET’S LOOK AT 10 SIMPLE IDEAS YOU CAN DO TO ADD SELF-CARE TO YOUR DAILY LIFE:
WAKE UP EARLIER
Wake up just thirty minutes earlier than normal. Make a cup of coffee or tea and go outside and breathe in a few breaths of fresh air. Alternatively, you can choose to go for a walk, read the newspaper, or read a book. It’s up to you, but don’t do anything that makes you stressed out. This is quiet time JUST FOR YOU.
USE WAIT TIMES
Sports moms know all about wait times.
Who else feels like, although we love to watch our kids compete, we spend way so much time waiting? Waiting for the bus. Waiting for practice to start. Waiting for the meet to start. Waiting for them to get dressed. Waiting to get home. “Where’s dinner?” Waiting for it to finish cooking! Waiting…
-Polly Hassman Cohen, Sports Mama
At some point in life, we all end up having to wait around and waiting can be very stressful if we don’t have a plan Take advantage of this time by doing some activity YOU love to do.
BREAKS AND NAPS
I am guilty of working through breaks and lunch and sometimes dinner. But don’t pass up those breaks! Get outside and walk for ten minutes. If you are at home and put your kids down for a nap take advantage of that time and catch up on your favorite television series. When you’re given a break, take it!
USE YOUR SPORTS MOM SELF-CARE SURVIVAL KIT
As you walk in the door from a night of sports activities, take a minute to just breathe. Then during the hour before you go to bed dive into your self-care survival kit. Color to bring your blood pressure down, meditate/pray or just do some more deep breathing. Choose calming activities close to bedtime, so you can sleep better.
CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE
With sports schedules that structure our weeknights and weekends, we need to break up the routine. And it doesn’t have to be a big way. Sing while you clean the kitchen, dance while you pick up the living room, or see how fast you can fold the laundry mountain. Take a different route driving to the kid’s practice and blast some music or listen to an audiobook on the way there. It’s amazing one what little change can do for your mood.
COOK SOMETHING NEW
Feeding an active family can be tricky. We can get in a dinner rut because we develop go-to meals to meet our busy sports schedules. Try picking a day out of the week to cook something new and exciting or make life easy by making each day of the week something different like Meatless Mondays or Taco Tuesdays. Try different recipes for twists on these dishes.
SMELL YOUR FOOD MORE
This one may feel strange at first, but when you sit down to eat take the time to really enjoy your food. Smell it more and really taste your food. Slow down and chew your food carefully and fully. Be mindful of the food you eat when you eat. There is no reason to rush and eat your food too fast.
USE YOUR TIME WISELY
Simply turning on music or burning some incense while you get ready for work can help you can think positive and you off to a great start. This is especially important if you have a stressful job.
Just like for our athletes, paying attention to the little details matter. Something as simple as buying high-quality shampoo, conditioners, and body soap for your showers can make a difference. Use essential oils. Stick to healthy organic ingredients for an added boost to your daily pampering.
FIDGET TOYS (YEP, FIDGET TOYS)
These aren’t just for our kids! Keeping fidget toys like a fidget spinner or fidget cube around the house and at work can be a real stress reliever when you can’t do anything else. A stress ball and hand grip are other good ideas as well. This way anytime you feel stressed you can pick one up and play with it without interrupting what you are doing.
Self-care doesn’t need to be anything major or take hours, a simple change in routine can be exactly what you need. These ideas should help you include self-care activities in your daily life without having to do everything differently
Don’t overhaul it all! Start with one or two of these ideas. Which one are you going to choose?