Being a homemaker is no easy feat. Not only do you have to keep your home clean, organized, and presentable, but you also have to make sure that your family is well-fed, healthy, and happy. Amidst all these responsibilities, it's easy to forget to take care of yourself. However, self-care is crucial for your physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being. In this blog post, I will share some tips on how you can practice self-care as a homemaker and prioritize yourself without feeling guilty.
Set aside some alone time
One of the most important aspects of self-care is setting aside time to be by yourself and do something that you enjoy. I get it, this could be easier said than done. It doesn't need to be a whole day or even an hour. A few minutes of dedicating time for yourself can do a lot to fill your cup. It could be anything from reading a book to taking a bubble bath or even just going for a walk. Whatever it is, make sure you do it without any interruptions from family members or house chores. This time is solely for you to relax and rejuvenate.
Get enough sleep
As busy homemakers, it's easy to stay up late to finish house chores or work on a project. However, lack of sleep can have detrimental effects on your physical and mental health. Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night, and if necessary, take naps during the day to catch up on lost sleep. I recently heard that if you pull an all-nighter, it takes your body 4 DAYS to recover! That's 4 days of feeling like crap. As we get older, it's even harder to recover from the lack of sleep.
Stress is an inevitable part of homemaking. However, it's important to manage stress and not let it take over your life. Practicing mindfulness techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing can help you stay centered, calm, and focused. It's also essential to practice self-compassion and not be too hard on yourself when things don't go as planned. I love using the mindfulness app on my Apple Watch to take just a moment to be mindful about my breathing. It brings me back to my center in less than a minute. I wrote a post on how I use my Apple Watch as a homemaker here: Apple Watch a Homemaker's Best Friend
Take care of your body
Your body is your temple, and it's important to nourish it with healthy food, plenty of water, and regular exercise. As a homemaker, it's easy to neglect your health and indulge in unhealthy eating habits or skip exercise. However, taking care of your body will improve your overall well-being, energy, and productivity. I am a huge fan of the Macros Diet. It's not so much a diet as it is a tracking resource to make sure you get everything you need based on your body. Not based on what some rando on the internet tells you to eat. The best part is, once you get used to it, it's easy to indulge in a treat as long as it fits your macros! Check out what your macros should be here: If It Fits Your Macros
Ask for help
As a homemaker, it's easy to try and do everything yourself and feel guilty for asking for help. However, it's essential to recognize your limitations and ask for assistance when necessary. Whether it's asking your spouse to take care of the kids while you take a nap or hiring a cleaning service to take care of deep cleaning, reaching out for help will reduce stress and prevent burnout. It does not make you any less of a woman or traditional wife to ask for help.
Self-care is not just a luxury but a necessity for homemakers. By taking care of yourself, you are better able to take care of your family and home. Remember, self-care doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. It could be as simple as taking a 10-minute break to practice deep breathing or going for a walk around the block. The key is to prioritize yourself, be kind to yourself, and recognize that you deserve to be taken care of too. So go ahead, love yourself first, and practice self-care every day.
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