Making Time for Mama
It’s incredibly easy as a Mama to find yourself at the end of your own priority list.
It’s never intentional. You don’t just wake up one morning and decide that you aren’t a priority for yourself anymore! No, but still...even as a first time mother you begin to notice that slowly but surely there never seems to be enough time.! Many moms work, take care of their homes, they have their own passions and interests and now of course we’re adding on prepping for baby! Which, let’s face it, usually takes the number one priority spot in your mind as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. The rest of your decision making begins to revolve around the fact that you are/will soon be a mom, and that baby is priority number 1. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s our minds' way of preparing for the baby by going into overdrive. However, it’s still vital to remember yourself in the midst of all of this change too.
The Mama Mentality
“It’s pretty easy to see that when you become pregnant your body does a lot of changing in a very small amount of time. What you can’t see is that your mind is also doing a lot of adapting!”
Aside from the ever present baby brain that seems to have you forgetting where your keys are...or your phone...come to think of it where’s the cat?? Scientifically speaking your brain isn’t just undergoing hormonal changes, but is actually also physically changing in ways to help support and care for your baby-to-be. There’s even evidence to show that areas in the brain actually shrink during pregnancy to “fine tune” a mother's instincts with her baby. Your brain and body are working in tandem to support your baby in the absolute best way that they can.
You’ll notice there’s nothing in any of that, that speaks to the mother herself at this time. When everything around you, your body and mind, it all tells you to focus solely on this one little being and be the best provider you can be...sometimes that leaves us with a little blind spot just the right size and shape for mama. This is where self-care is absolutely vital. There’s a reason why self-care has become such an incredibly large and all encompassing market. It’s important. It nurtures our body and our mind, and helps fuel us to be the most effective versions of ourselves in other aspects of our lives. If you don’t first take care of yourself how can you effectively care for someone else without suffering insane burn out around every corner?
Skincare as SELF-care
Self-care can be many things, it’s only real requirement is that it be an action of love and care towards oneself with no other goal in mind. Self-care is essentially just doing things that you love, that make you happy, or that fulfill a basic human need simply for that fact alone. This could be...