Self-care is very important. However, sometimes its hard to make time for self- care in our busy schedules. I’m excited to introduce our very talented guest blogger, Laneic Lavalle from Makeit218 . She is sharing 5 self-care routines you can do as a family.
Self-care is usually thought of as a solo experience. While it’s deeply personal, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a lone momma journey; believe it or not you can even include your children.
Seem a bit counterproductive?
It’s possible. As mother’s is always easier said than done to find some solo time for yourself, but if you’re just looking to decompress, slow down, or just do something enjoyable, you can actually include your offspring. This can be an amazing opportunity to bond as well as get the family in the practice of self-care as well.
- Yoga: yoga has been linked with many benefits. Not only does it have many physical benefits such as increased flexibility and lowering your blood sugar but it can improve concentration, be a soothing practice, and for your children increase their body awareness, build stress management and increase confidence. This can be a great family practices before bedtime when you’re all trying to wind down or in the morning before heading out the door to start off the day.
- Trying to Recipes: Want people to gather together? Bring food. Or rather make it. There’s something beautiful about eating something delicious you’ve made together and it brings such pride to your children to see and taste the finished process of their work. It doesn’t have to be anything exotic either. A homemade pizza or a yummy fruit salad with do to start off. Need some ideas? Download the Mommy and Me Cookbook Ideas
- Water Challenge: Drinking water is extremely important, seeing on how our body is made up of mostly water and what not. But we don’t always get enough of it. As a mom, we tend to function off of coffee and pure madness, our children survive off of elmo decorated juice boxes (1 easily morphs into 2,3,4,7…how the heck did it get to 12?!). Get the family together and commit to a water challenge, adding in a bit of friendly competition or a reward can help get the family on board.
- Declutter: Our environment has a substantial effect on our moods and behavior and clutter can affect us much more negatively than we think. It can add a sense of chaos and overwhelm without even knowing it. Take a day as a family to clean up some space and declutter. You can have your children help go through old toys and clothes; they’ll also probably have some fun helping you shred old papers and mail piling up in the junk drawer. You can even turn it into an act of goodwill and take a family trip to a donation center.
- Go for a walk: Get up and going. Whether it’s a short 10 minute lap around the neighborhood or a longer adventure on a hiking trail, walking together encourages healthy lifestyle of staying active and being outdoors. Take it an extra step and disconnect from technology during the walk.
Next time you find yourself short on solo time, try one of these activities with your family and see if it helps you relax and enjoy the moment!
About The Author
Laneic Lavalle is a self-care and wellness coach for busy mommas at Mynameisnotmommy and blogger at Makeit218. After spending her first year trying to be and do everything under the sun, she was forced to take a step back and start making self-care a priority. Now her mission is to help other mothers who are burned out, or well on their way there, to making self-care a regular part of their lives, reconnecting with who they are separately of their children, and pursuing their happiness without guilt. You can grab her free self-care foundations video series here or connect on social media.