The Modern Mom’s Guide to Calming Stress – Part 2
Simplicity in Self-Care
Have you ever wanted to build self-care habits, but you’re not sure where to start? This can especially happen when it feels like you have very little time for yourself and when the majority of your time is spent taking care of others. When I find myself being pulled in many directions and time feels limited, I find getting back to the basics of self-care, is the best place to start.
I saw an Instagram post the other day that read: Don’t forget to drink water and get some sun. You’re basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions. It made me giggle because, it’s sort of true! What keeps us alive and well is reflected in nature. Water to grow, nourishment to flourish, air to breathe, and connection to nature to thrive. It also reminds us of how simple self-care can be, such as drinking water.
On average, we need to be drinking 30 mL of water per kg of body weight. What that looks like, is just over 2 L for 68 kg (or 150 lbs), and you’ll need more if you’re an active person. Hydration is essential for our health, but is so often overlooked.
We tend to see things as being more complicated than they really are
So, I’d like to share three simple, self-care strategies that you can get started on right away, and that will make a real difference in how well you feel.
3 Ways to Embrace Simplicity in Self-Care Today:
Fill Your Cup, literally
Aim to consistently drink water throughout the day. If you’re already a superstar with drinking water, then keep it up! If you’re behind in reaching optimal hydration of at least 2 L of water daily, start slowly by simply increasing your water intake by 1-2 cups this week.
Gradually increase and before you know it, hydrating well will be a natural habit.
Nourish to Flourish
Eat your meals and snack when you need. The term ‘hangry’ comes from irritability that stems from hunger, and we all know being hangry isn’t good for anyone.
Be sure to nourish and fuel with food and take the time to sit when you eat. Find pleasure in your meals and release any guilt that might be associated with your food choices.
Simply by slowing down enough to sit and enjoy your meal, you are already doing wonders for your overall state of well-being.
Do something really nice for yourself today. For me, it might look like listening to my favourite music while doing nothing else, enjoying a quiet cup of tea, calling a friend I miss, or grabbing that latte that I might normally skip, but really love.
Whatever this looks like is completely up to you.
Self-care is essential when you’re busy trying to balance it all. It might feel impossible sometimes to find the time, but taking a minute to hydrate, break to eat a meal, and a moment to treat yourself, truly helps release stress – mentally, emotionally and physically. Integrating simple self-care into each day has been a saving grace for me, as I navigate my busy mom life. I hope you feel supported as you embrace these self-care tips in your life, too.
In health and well-being.
DR. SINDY SHIN, ND. As Calm Mama™ Founder, Sindy helps over-stressed and overwhelmed moms gain the calm control they desire to thrive with vitality, power and grace. Connect at www.qwellness.ca, and learn more at www.sindyshin.com