Self-care has become a bit of a buzzword for parents these days, as we all like to sit in groups and ponder it but may not actually know what it means.
For some people, self-care instantly conjures up images of being alone in the bath, without tiny fingers creeping under the bathroom and definitely with candles and maybe a fizzy bath bomb. For others, it might mean curling up with a book and pretending the rest of the world doesn’t exist.
For me, self-care is all about prioritizing my very real need to sometimes just be… alone. To that end, I love few things as much as I love taking 1-3 days off a few times a year to go out of town by myself.
Sometimes this is work-related, like if I’m going to a conference across the country, but other times it’s just time that I’ve dedicated to hanging out with my first best friend: me.
Because everyone has a different parenting journey, I had a hunch that everyone probably has a different approach to self-care. So I asked ten moms what they do to prioritize self-care, either daily or just whenever they get a chance. Some of the responses will surprise you — they’re definitely a creative bunch.
1. Pee when you actually need to
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2. Take a break from running the roost
3. Find your people online
4. Plan relaxing outings WITH your family
5. Give your care to something other than kids
6. Keep learning
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7. Take over the radio (whether they like it or not)
8. Journaling and meditation go far
9. Reconnect with your younger self
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10. Make your whole career about self-care