Mom guilt. I’m sure we all experience it from time to time. Maybe you feel guilty when you leave your kids behind and take a trip with just your husband. Maybe it’s when you do something for yourself, like get a manicure/pedicure or have a spa day. Or when you are laying in bed at night, thinking about everything you didn’t get done or not spending enough intentional time with your kids. Mama’s, it’s time to end the mom guilt. It is a trap of unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves. We NEED time to ourselves. We NEED rest and relaxation to be refreshed and restored. If we aren’t taking care of ourselves, then who is? Constantly caring for others while neglecting ourselves will only lead to mom burn out and exhaustion. We must learn to make ourselves a priority.
Let Go of Mom Guilt and Take Care of You
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As mama’s it’s in our nature to automatically put the needs of others ahead of our own. The time and attention we give to all the little details that make our family’s world turn is truly remarkable, and we should be proud of the hard work we do. But from time to time, we need to hit the pause button and simply allow ourselves to be recharged. If you are feeling the mom guilt creep in just as you’re reading this, it’s time to learn how to let it go.
How to Let Go of Mom Guilt
Let’s face it. We are human, and we are going to mess up. We will drop the ball at some point: forget to pack our kids a snack, lose our temper, or let our kids watch too much TV because we need a break. These moments do not make us a bad mom. They do not define us. We teach our kids an important lesson by apologizing, learning from our mistake, letting it go, and moving forward.
If you feel like you aren’t doing enough, just take a look at your day. You are cooking, conquering endless piles of laundry, dishes, and toys. You are cleaning, meal planning, grocery shopping, and running errands. If you have small children, you are up day and night feeding, comforting, and rocking. Kissing boo boos, running, playing, and snuggling. With older children you are doing homework, taking them to various extra curricular activities, and teaching important life skills. And we feel guilty about not doing enough? Most of our work may be behind the scenes but it is SO important to the health and well-being of our family. We are ROCK STARS and we are IMPORTANT! Never allow yourself to diminish how valuable you truly are.
This is how we let go of mom guilt: we recognize that we are human and will make mistakes, and we learn to forgive ourselves and move on. We recognize that all those seemingly unimportant tasks we do every day are actually the glue that holds our entire family together. And we learn to recognize our own value and how important self-care is for our own well-being. It is NOT being selfish – it is getting our own cup filled so we can pour ourselves into others.
How to Practice Self Care
Somewhere in the middle of our to do’s and busy schedules, we MUST make self-care a top priority. Self care is unique to each person as we all have different needs and interests. It’s all about finding ways to rest and recharge by doing what we love. If you are looking for ways to practice self-care, here are a few ideas:
Read a Good Book
This is my go-to self-care activity. I love getting lost in a good story, so when I have a few minutes to myself, I will read a few chapters of a book I’m currently enjoying.
Listen to Uplifting Music/Podcasts
Listening to music/podcasts in another favorite activity, especially when I’m cleaning, cooking, or doing other housework. These can be so encouraging and energizing. An instant mood lift!
Have a Hot Bath
There isn’t anything more relaxing than a hot soak, am I right? Pair it with a good book or some relaxing music, and I’m in heaven!
Take The Day Off
Sleep in, rest and relax, just focus on having fun with your family. All of your chores and to do list can be put off for one day. Having some intentional time with your kids and husband is a great way to recharge.
If you’ve got the time and money, treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure, massage, shopping trip, or new hair style. These can be so relaxing, and give you a mood boost by feeling good about how you look.
- Take a nap
- Make time for your favorite hobbies
- Go for a walk
- Go out with your friends
- Write in a journal
- Meditate/Yoga and stretching
- Watch your favorite movies/shows
- Have your favorite meal/dessert
- Try something new
Sometimes finding time to practice self-care can be our biggest challenge. If using nap time or getting regular time away from your kids is not an option, check out my post How to Engage and Entertain Your Little Ones for some quiet time activities you can use and grab a few moments to yourself.
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I hope my post has convinced you to let go of any mom guilt you are experiencing, and make yourself a priority. You deserve it! Please hit the share buttons below and encourage other mamas in your life to do the same!
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