There’s no doubt that being a mom is extraordinary, but let’s be honest . . . being a mom is hard! According to a recent study conducted by Welch’s, being a mom is equivalent to working two and a half full-time jobs.

That is why prioritizing our self-care, and taking time to recharge ourselves mentally and physically, is so essential.

Treating yourself is the ultimate act of self-care.

Not only is it fun, but it can also boost your health and happiness. In order to avoid stress and mom burnout, we must step away from our day-to-day responsibilities and routines to enjoy simple pleasures from time to time.

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Here’s a list of five ways you can start treating yourself to improve your happiness and well-being.

1. Take a walk.

Get outside and enjoy the world around you. Take a walk to relax your mind, get some fresh air, and enjoy being in the presence of your own company. You can stroll along to music, your favorite podcast, or embrace the complete silence. Either way, taking a walk is a great way to treat yourself and add a little joy to your day.

Aside from improving your health, walking allows you to be on your own for a while. You can use this time to reflect on life, take in interesting sights, connect with Mother Nature, and tune into your inner thoughts. 

2. Buy a new outfit or accessories.

You’re more than just a mom. And a great way to remind yourself of this is by putting a little extra thought and care into your looks. Believe it or not—but shopping for yourself can be a healthy self-care practice.

Treating yourself to new clothes or accessories can uplift your mood and increase your self-esteem. And you don’t have to break the bank. Little by little, add a new piece to your wardrobe or accessory collection.

Many times, we lack energy and motivation because we often get stuck in the same old routines, wearing the same old clothes. So, switch it up. Even a new pair of sunglasses can make you feel happier and more energetic. Start prioritizing your style as a form of self-care.  

3. Sleep in.

Moms need sleep too! Treat yourself to staying in bed, without the guilt. Not only is it a good practice for you but prioritizing your sleep can be extremely beneficial to your family. When you’re healthy and happy, so will your entire household be.

Sleeping in can have positive effects on your mood, mental functionality, heart health, productivity, and creativity. So hit the snooze button, sis!

4. Follow your passions.

I’ll say it again. You’re more than just a mom. There’s no better way to treat yourself than by following your passions and pursuing your dreams. No matter how big or small, passions are what make us feel inspired and uplifted throughout life. Without them, we tend to lose our spark. Your dreams, your passions, your goalsthey are not random. They are fuel.

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I used to think following my passions would distract me from being a good wife and mom. However, following my passions has made me a better caregiver to myself and my family. When you follow your passions and pursue the things you love, you’ll wake up to each new day with more joy, energy, motivation, and excitement.

5. Put down your phone.

There are so many things we can do with our phones in today’s world. And sometimes I consider this to be a blessing and a curse—depending on the day.

Aside from chatting with our loved ones, we can collect beautiful photos, play games when we’re bored, read, meet new people, learn new languages, and so forth. We can even work from our phones! Amazing, right?!

But if we’re not cautious, these little handheld devices can be a big distraction from other things that deserve our attention.

Putting down your phone and allowing yourself to be fully present in the real world is a great way to treat yourself and prioritize your mental health. It allows you to connect with yourself (and others around you) on a deeper level. Instead of scrolling through your phone—make yourself a healthy breakfast, take yourself out for dessert, meditate, enjoy the outdoor sunshine, and allow yourself to get lost in simple pleasures.

Don’t let your phone become your only source of entertainment. There’s a beautiful world out there. And it’s just waiting for your attention! 

Originally published on The Expressive Mom

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