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Self Care for Moms

Posted by Sara Levitsky on Friday, January 10, 2014 Under: Self Care
In an article by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, moms of young kids are encouraged to see the relationship with their young children not as symbiotic, but as parasitic.   As a creature which depends on you for their own well-being, your child is a parasite - and you are the host!  And thus, sacrificing your own wellness for the sake of your child is actually counter productive - a parasite's health is dependent on the good health of it's host. 

Eight tips for self care for moms:

1.  Practice self care in intervals - even just for 15 minutes at a time.

2.  Ask for (even imperfect) help from someone you trust.

3.  Practice mindfulness - morning breathing exercises, focusing on the sensory experience of daily chores, etc.

4.  Look to the future with some daydreaming - take a break from the here and now - it's okay!

5.  Lower expectations - don't try to be the perfect mom with the perfect kids - just be ENOUGH.

6.  Say no when necessary, but also say yes - help others - it's a good distraction.

7.  Build a support network - play dates or online groups to connect with those in similar places/stages.

8.  Don't feel guilty - self-care isn't selfish!

For more information, see Tartakovsky's full article here:

Self Care Strategies for Busy Moms 

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