You read a lot about self-care and as a mother I strongly believe self-care is paramount.
It's challenging to care for others when your own “fuel tank” is depleted. The summer is definitely a tricky time for mums to practice self-care. Yet it’s when we need our “fuel tank” filled the most. I recently read an inspiring blog by Ethical Apothecary (a Spritz Wellness stockist). They touch on the importance of self-care for mental wellness and tips for how mothers can incorporate self care into their daily life. I love their suggestion that self-care doesn’t have to cost anything. Just simply get outside take a few deep breaths and take a 10 minute walk. A simple way to refuel your tank and energies naturally.
“Have you made time for any self-care yet this summer?
The summer holidays are a brilliant time for families – spending quality time together, creating happy memories, enjoying days out in the sunshine.
But at the same time, there’s an enormous amount of mental pressure – especially on mums – to make sure you’re spending enough quality time together, creating enough happy memories and enjoying enough days out in the sunshine!
As busy mums, we spend so much time looking after everybody else and making sure our kids, partners, family and friends are healthy and happy. So why don’t we do the same for ourselves?
This is why, at Ethical Apothecary, we believe it is so important to set aside space and make time for your own self-care.
The importance of self-care for mental wellness
The definition of self-care is: “The practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own wellbeing and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.”
This can be anything from taking a relaxing bubble bath; to spending 30 minutes meditating with your favourite aromatherapy candle; to eating nutritious and detoxifying foods. Basically, any activity that you yourself carry out, purely for the benefit of you yourself.
Self-care is vital to our mental and physical health, but in times of stress or activity overload, it is often the first thing we sacrifice. Ironically, some mindful self-care is one thing that could help us focus and boost energy levels to be more productive.
Ideas for self-care
Self-care doesn’t have to cost you anything. It can be as simple as turning your phone off and sitting in uninterrupted silence for 10 minutes or heading for the hills to walk in the fresh air. Even spending an extra five minutes in the shower to let the water run over you while you just breathe can be beneficial.”