5 Tips for Self-Care on Mother’s Day
In May, we celebrate our mothers and show appreciation for all they do for us. With Mother’s Day coming up, it is a great time to think about how much moms give of themselves to family, work, and communities, at times, forgetting about their own health and wellbeing. It is important that everyone makes time for self-care. A woman’s personal health is important to ensure that life is full, active and happy. In honour of Mother’s Day, we would like to talk about women’s health and how mothers can practice a little self-care!
It is not unusual for a mother to raise a family while working or volunteering to build her community. With so many things competing for her time, there is often little left for herself. Because of all the demands and stress, women are often susceptible to health conditions that could impact their quality of life and longevity. In fact, a study suggested that 10% of women of childbearing age reported fair to poor health. Among the group, some women reported suffering from mental distress; physical impairment and limitations; anxiety; and, not surprisingly, insufficient sleep. These can really take a toll on one’s health.
Mothers can take proactive steps to take care of their health and ensure they live healthy lives for themselves and their children.
1. Practice self-care. It is easy to forget to spend time taking care of you. Take a break from activities you have to do, and try to spend time on activities you want to do. Step back and get a little alone time to take care of yourself.
2. Nourish your body. Nutrition plays an important role in your health, energy level and overall wellbeing. Getting in lots of healthy and nutritious foods will not only make you feel better, but will make dealing with life’s challenges easier to handle.
3. Get out and move. Take advantage of the warm weather, spend time with your children and family enjoying activities outdoors. Not only is exercise good for the body, but reconnecting with nature has been suggested to improve your overall mental health.
4. Reach out. Often when life seems overwhelming, we tend to seek isolation. However, in most cases reaching out to family, friends, and even healthcare professionals and asking them for help can certainly alleviate the pressures of daily life. Social outings can also help you unwind and reconnect. So, go ahead and get connected.
5. Say no. That’s right, say no to things that do not add value to your life. There will always be an opportunity to do more, give more, or sacrifice more, but to maintain your physical and mental health you may have to be selective as to where you dedicate your time. This will help open up time that you can spend on activities that you enjoy and want to pursue.
These measures can help reduce the risks of disease and enhance your overall health.
In honour of all mothers, we should all practice self-care and encourage others to do the same. Take a moment to thank your mother for her years of work, support and love. There’s no better way to help her stay healthy for years to come!
Ref: Canadian Chiropractic Association