Summer is here. That means that many of us are on duty 24-7 again. It means that we’re going to have to put in a little bit of extra effort to get in those self-care moments.
Most moms I know, especially those who stay-at or work-from home like me, have a love-hate relationship with summer vacation. We love that our kids are home for several weeks, but their being home means our daily routine is completely turned on its end. All those quiet daylight hours where school-aged children were gone and we could get everything done? Sayonara until fall!
With the disruption and change to routine, there is always something that has to give. Often times, this means we have to sacrifice “me” time. I’m totally guilty of this. But in a stressful, sometimes hectic situation, the time for self-care is so important to our overall well-being. Here are some quick summer self-care tips to get us through this hectic season and keep our own needs on the radar.
Take a Drive in the Evenings – It seems so simple, but a solo drive around town after the kids have gone to bed can be just what we need to reset from a hectic day. The quiet of the car and the change of scenery can be quite blissful.
Schedule Kid-Free Time – Make arrangements with family or close friends to watch the children on a regular basis.
Think of Yourself When Grocery Shopping – Have you ever gone to get a snack and realized that you only bought for the kids? Stop chowing down on Go-gurt and fruit snacks and start stocking up on snacks and treats that are just for you (hello Talenti Gelato!).
Allow Yourself to Delegate – We (read: moms) are NOT the only person who can handle the work that needs to be done around the house. Stop taking everything on and start delegating and sharing the work with the whole family.
Put Yourself First on Your To-do List – Instead of putting “me-time” at the end of the day and never getting around to it, get up before the kids and make yourself priority #1.
Shower and Dress Every Day – It may seem like such a simple thing, but taking just a few minutes to shower, throw on some make-up and an actual outfit can do huge things to boost your mood and set the tone for the entire day..
Exercise Your Mind – Grab a crossword puzzle, Sudoku book, or even just a puzzle game on your phone and give your brain a little workout to help you stay sharp and focused.
Include Physical Activity – Whether you just have time for 10 minutes of stretches and yoga or if you’re going out to train for a 10k, carving out time for physical activity can do wonders for your mental and emotional health.
Enjoy Your Favorite Hobbies – Create blocks of time in your day or week to dedicate to hobbies that you enjoy. Mom needs some fun in her life, too, and she’ll be a lot more fun with the kids if she’s happy!
Spend Time Away from Social Media – This is a biggie. Social media is often inundated with terrible news and stressful situations. Shut it down for the summer or at the least limit the time you spend there in favor of positive activities. I know it’s a time suck but you can DO IT!
Take Dinner Outdoors – We’re not talking a picnic with the family. Leave the kids inside in the charge of a responsible older sibling or other parent, then take your own plate out for some solitude while you enjoy your meal.
Make Time for Kindness – Do something random and kind for someone else on a day when you’re feeling the most stressed from the pace of summer.
Write Yourself a Letter – If you’re overwhelmed and have no one you can easily talk to, write yourself a letter. It allows you to get all of your feelings out on paper and talk through your current emotions.
Have a Regular Time to Chat with a Friend – Set up a regular time every few days for a chat with a trusted friend. You can talk out anything that’s bothering you or simply enjoy adult conversation with someone who speaks in full sentences after days alone with little ones.
Go to Bed on Time – Whoever said sleep is for the weak is a liar. Though it can be tempting to stay up long after the kids and tick items off your to-do list, you’ll feel so much better after a restful night’s sleep and will be happier and more productive the next day.
Do you work from home like me? Here are some great tips on working from home during the summer months.