3 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-Care as a Mom

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So it’s no mystery that being a mom is a lot of work. You dedicate so much of whatever time you have to your children and often forget to dedicated any time to taking care of yourself. Our bodies go through so much carrying and nurturing these little babes in our belly for 9 whole months, it’s incredible!

Today I wanted to share with you all a post written by the team who works with Mark Sisco, MD, a plastic surgeon in Northbrook, Illinois. Make sure you read the article below for some great tips on how to practice self care as a mom! Hope you enjoy :)

3 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-Care as a Mom

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Being a mom is all about taking care of the people you love—but how often does that include you? It can be easy to forget how important it is to show yourself the same attention and devotion that you show the people you care about most. It’s time change that.

Here are a few ways you can prioritize self-care in simple but powerful ways every day. 

Set a Self-Care Timer

One of the easiest ways to feel more in tune with yourself is simply by asking, “How are you?” As the day flies by, we can forget to check in with ourselves to make sure we’re getting everything we need. If you want to prioritize this more in your daily life, try setting a timer on your phone for once or twice a day to remind you to ask yourself how you are. 

• Check emotionally: Do you need a minute to calm down? Could you use some encouragement from a loved one? Is there something that you’re grateful for in this moment? What would you like to celebrate right now?

• Also check physically: Are you hydrated? Are you hungry? Is there something you can do in this moment to make yourself feel stronger or healthier? 

It’s amazing how your relationship with yourself can grow when you keep the conversation open. You don’t have to put your whole day on hold to practice self-care. Making a habit of checking in with yourself and listening to your immediate needs as you go through your day can make a world of difference.

Reclaim Your Body 

Your body is sacred, and sharing it with a baby, while hugely rewarding, can also change your relationship with your body in addition to changing your body itself. Feeling connected and confident in your skin is a super important aspect of your relationship with yourself. Especially in motherhood, our bodies can be physical representations of the way we tend to give all of ourselves to others. Sometimes we need to reclaim that for ourselves.

Strengthening your relationship with your body looks different for everyone. While some women find empowerment in accepting their bodies exactly as they are, others find that cosmetic enhancements can help them rediscover their sense of confidence. This sometimes means plastic surgery, which can reverse some of pregnancy’s effects on the body and help you feel the way you did pre-baby.

According to Dr. Mark Sisco, a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation in Highland Park, cosmetic breast enhancement and tummy tucks (usually called a mommy makeover when performed together) are some of the most common choices for moms who want to reclaim the way they look and feel after having kids.  

Make a “Treat Yourself” To-Do List

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To-do lists are a hallmark of mom life, but this one is all about fun. Write down a list of things you want to do to treat yourself. This can involve big things like indulgent purchases andvacations, or little things like family outings, lazy days, or kid-free nights spent with friends. Keep a running list and check things off as you go. The purpose behind this list is to remind you that taking care of yourself is a priority, and that you should feel a sense of accomplishment when you make it happen. 

Remember that self-care is never selfish. In fact, it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself and for your family. By taking care of yourself, you allow yourself to share the best, healthiest, happiest version of you with the people you love. 

Fore more self-care ideas, check out my previous blog post on ways to stay productive and positive. 

What are some ways you incorporate self-care into your daily routine?

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