Today marks the last day for the self care week campaign (Self Care Forum). The theme this year is all about engaging and empowering people to look after their own health.
Self care for mums
As mums we are so busy looking and monitoring our families health and wellness, we often overlook our own. Even after birth a mum is discharged from midwife care usually after only 10 days. It is often assumed the hard job is done with pregnancy and birth and the newborn babies health takes priority.
However, it is paramount though that mums begin to value themselves more and realise that both their physical and mental health are just as important.
In modern society it feels as though there is increasing pressure to become the perfect wife, friend, mother, worker and homemaker. This is putting unrealistic expectations on women. There is no such thing as perfect, it is a pure illusion. All we can do is be the best versions of ourselves and this can only be done if we prioritise our well-being alongside that of our families.
A positive well-being is both that of the body and the mind. Taking time with or away from the children, to do exercise can have huge positive effects on both your body and mind. Doing something just for you, even if it’s just taking a bath, can help you feel more centred and calm. A mum who is happy, healthy and relaxed is of utmost importance within the home.
Self care week should act as a reminder that every one single one of us deserves to fully embrace our health. There is saying that happens on airplanes that rings true in this situation, “In case of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks above your seat will deploy, please place the mask first and then assist your child or other passengers”. As mums we must embrace self care, to be the best us for our children.