Tip 7: Take a Time Out
For moms, taking time out for self-care is essential to nourish the ever caring mindset.
“I treat myself to a few hours out on my own,” says Lexi Balling, paralegal. Whether it’s a massage, a pedicure, or running errands without the worry of packing a diaper bag or adhering to a nap schedule is a refreshing pick-me-up. Meeting up with other new USANA moms also gives me great advice and encouragement.”
For Roylene Jackman, marketing manager, “Motherhood is one wild ride. Self-care when you’re a new mom is so hard. Let’s be honest. You just brought a human being into the world and have been thrown into a role that requires 110 percent of your time and attention. And you are tired—like deep-in-your-bones tired. You’ve been wearing the same pajamas for who knows how long, and you can’t even remember the last time you showered. The last thing on your mind is self-care. But self-care during this incredible, chaotic, terrifying time of your life is almost essential for survival.” She explains, “Self-care, for me, was simply taking a few minutes to myself each day to do my makeup. It was like my former, less tired self was still there and I recognized her. Remember to honor and respect yourself by regularly taking care of your needs, even if it is something small—something that reminds you that you are still you and this new, beautiful version of yourself is loved and acknowledged.”
Tip 8: Create the Right Mindset. Every Day.
Cheneil bubbes with motherhood wisdom. “When I wake up, I put on soft, soothing music to help reenergize my brain for the day.” She also sets small, positive, daily goals. One example is to give compliments throughout the day. “Today I’m going to give five compliments, and I’m going to start with me.” Refraining from negativity, which often includes social media also keeps Cheneil “energized throughout the day.”
Cheneil is also a square breathing enthusiast. “During naps, I practice breathing techniques and meditation. Think of a shape, take a breath in while following a line of the shape in your mind, then out while following the next line.”
Motherhood Is Just One Identity
These impressive USANA women own their identities as mothers, and just as important—individuals. They gracefully balance the push and pull of wanting to be physically and emotionally close to this new person you brought into the world, while needing space—in the very same moment.
These self-care tips reveal an enduring takeaway: There is no ideal version of a mother. The perfect mom is a fantasy, yet all moms are perfect in their own way.
Caring for your child is the most worthwhile job one could ever have. It’s important to stay in touch with whatever makes you feel whole in this role. Balance is essential to motherhood, and very possible. Take a note from these athletes, intellectuals, social beings, mothers.
What are the most compelling self-care tips you learned from your mom or as a mom yourself?