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May 4, 2022 | Healthy You

Self -Care: Ideas for Mom

Here are some ideas to help honor all moms.

Every Mother’s Day, we focus on the amazing women who give so much of themselves to their families—often putting their children’s well-being first.

According to a recent survey by HealthyWomen, 78% of moms reported delaying medical care because they are too busy caring for others.

If you're a mom, the best gift you can give yourself is thinking about your personal needs and making a plan to ensure they're met.

If you're celebrating moms in your life, give them the opportunity to care for themselves, or lovingly remind them that their health matters, too.

Here are a few self-care ideas to consider:

Fuel up with good-for-you foods
Whole self-care starts at the dinner table with a balanced plant-based diet of proteins, carbs and fats. Some of the healthiest choices include:

  • Colorful vegetables, including leafy greens and carrots.
  • Berries of all types.
  • Probiotics such as yogurt, kefir or kombucha.
  • Fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut.
  • Nuts, seeds and legumes.
  • Whole grains such as oats, brown rice.
  • Olive oil and avocado.
  • Lean meats and fish.
  • Pure water (plain, filtered, still, sparkling or infused).

Give yourself head space

  • Spend a few minutes in quiet meditation.
  • Write in a journal.
  • Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.
  • Take a 20-minute cat nap.
  • Play your favorite song.

Move your body as much as possible

  • Stretch or do gentle yoga poses.
  • Go for a walk or a run—even 10-15 minutes can boost your energy.
  • Lift weights.
  • Do old-fashioned calisthenics (e.g., toe-touches, jumping jacks)
  • Gently bounce on a mini trampoline.

Pamper yourself

  • Apply sunscreen.
  • Take a long bath.
  • Apply a face mask.
  • Give yourself a pedicure.
  • Treat yourself to your favorite coffee.
  • Get a massage.

Get support from healthcare providers

  • Ask about screenings such as colonoscopy or mammogram.
  • Talk to your doctor or a counselor for ways to manage stress.
  • See your eye doctor as recommended.

If you've put off medical care, schedule an appointment with a PeaceHealth provider. Telehealth options may be available, which can ease scheduling or time concerns.

Don’t have a provider? Find one at PeaceHealth.