As modern traditional homemakers, we have a unique calling to take care of our homes, our families, and most importantly, ourselves. Self-care is essential to our well-being, and it's not just about bubble baths and face masks. It's about the daily habits, the little things we do that support our physical, mental, and emotional health. Unfortunately, we also have those habits that can sabotage our homemaking journey, making it difficult to create a peaceful and nurturing home environment. In this blog post, we're going to talk about bad self-care habits that can hold us back and how to change them.

Neglecting sleep

One of the most common self-care mistakes we make is not getting enough sleep. As homemakers, we often have long to-do lists and endless responsibilities, and it's easy to sacrifice our sleep to get everything done. However, lack of sleep can affect our mood, productivity, and overall health. So, make sure to prioritize your sleep and aim for at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night. It's not just a luxury; it's a necessity.

We will have seasons in our lives where sleep is more difficult. As a new mom, sleep has been much more difficult to come by. I have never been a napper, even as a child. I stopped napping by the time I was 2. In this season, however, I am napping when I can. I often fall asleep in the mornings after our first feeding when my son falls asleep. We get a few hours of sleep before the next feeding and I feel a lot more rested. 

Skipping meals

Another bad habit that can sabotage our homemaking journey is skipping meals. It may seem like a time-saving strategy, but it can have negative consequences for our health and well-being. Skipping a meal can cause a drop in blood sugar, leading to fatigue, irritability, and poor concentration. Moreover, it can lead to overeating or unhealthy snacking later in the day. So, make sure to eat regular, healthy, and balanced meals to keep your energy levels up and your body nourished.

Neglecting physical activity

Being a homemaker can be a sedentary job, with lots of time spent sitting, cleaning, and cooking. But taking care of your physical health is essential, and neglecting physical activity can lead to weight gain, muscle loss, and poor cardiovascular health. So, make sure to incorporate some form of physical activity into your daily routine, whether it's a brisk walk, a yoga session, or a dance party with your kids. Not only will it help you stay healthy, but it can also boost your mood and reduce stress.

Bottling up emotions

As homemakers, we often put others' needs before our own, but it's crucial to take care of our emotional health. Bottling up emotions can lead to anxiety, depression, and even physical health problems. It's okay to feel overwhelmed, sad, or angry, and it's essential to express those emotions in a healthy way. Whether it's talking to a trusted friend, journaling, or seeking professional help, make sure to release your emotions and not let them fester inside.

Neglecting spiritual health

Finally, as modern traditional homemakers, we understand the importance of spirituality and faith. Neglecting our spiritual health can make it difficult to find purpose, meaning, and connection in our lives. So, make sure to prioritize time for prayer, meditation, or other spiritual practices that nourish your soul and your relationship with your Creator.
As modern traditional homemakers, we have a lot on our plate, but taking care of ourselves should always be a priority. By avoiding bad self-care habits like neglecting sleep, skipping meals, neglecting physical activity, bottling up emotions, and neglecting spiritual health, we can create a healthier and happier life for ourselves and our families. Remember, self-care is not selfish; it's necessary for us to fulfill our calling as homemakers. So, take care of yourself, my sisters, and let's continue to build a life of simplicity and traditional values.


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