8 Self-Care Tips for Moms and Caregivers

Oh Mama… you deserve a week-long, all-inclusive tropical vacation with ample alone time, clear water, and endless fruity drinks.

This informational campaign comes to you in partnership with the Stark County Community Action Agency.

Unfortunately, that kind of getaway isn’t readily available or accessible for the everyday busy momma. When things are stressful and a Cancun escape isn’t in the cards, try out some of these self-care tips to recharge, relax, and refresh.

1. Eat well and move your body!

Energizing, healthy food is an excellent way to take care of yourself. Hitting the gym regularly or taking a long walk are also great ways to physically take care of your body and mind.

2. Stop scrolling and go to sleep.

The body and mind need sleep to function correctly, but as moms we often neglect our need for rest. Whether we’re tending to little ones or squeezing in that late-night alone time, we sometimes forfeit sleep.

3. Listen to music or make some art.

4. Spend time with a pet.

Fido will love the long walk and Fluffy will enjoy the extra cuddles.

5. Get outside.

Sitting in the sun or enjoying the breeze on a park bench is a great way to clear your mind and reclaim some of your personal time.

6. Say no.

You do not need to be busy to turn down an invitation. Preserving your free time and limiting your social calendar or commitments is a personal choice that you can make without feeling guilty.

7. Practice yoga or meditation.

Find a local studio or download a meditation app. Taking care of your spiritual health is an important form of self-care.

8. Take a bath, watch a movie, or play a game.

Solo grocery trips, long showers, and weekend errands alone are not the best way to fill your tank. You need dedicated time to yourself! Shelf the mom-guilt and schedule a few hours dedicated to your mental, physical, and emotional health.

The SCCAA Community Actions Pathway HUB is an available resource for pregnant and new mothers in need of support, education, and community services.

Audrey Mattevi

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