Self Care Sundays for Busy Moms

Made You Smile Back presents this new blog article, ‘Self Care Sundays for Busy Moms’.  When you’re running a busy life, it can be hard to find the time to make yourself a priority.  That’s why it is so important to have a self care routine and what better way than to establish Self Care Sundays.

On a day when it feels like you just can’t get anything done, you may feel like you’re not accomplishing anything at all. But self-care doesn’t have to be something you only do on weekends or holidays.

Self Care Sunday is a self-care event that will help women create a better life by taking care of their minds, bodies and souls. In this article, Made You Smile Back will show you how to properly “take care of yourself”? 

This article will provide you with some much-needed tools, resources, and inspiration to make your self care a part of your lifestyle.

 Self-Care Secrets That Will Bring You Energy And Enthusiasm Even On The Hardest Days 

According to Rowena Frith, the idea behind self-care Sunday is simple: take one day of the week and dedicate it to your self-care in any and all ways. Sunday is often the perfect day to do this as you have more time for yourself. You won’t be rushing through your self care routine as you have no major tasks to handle anyway.

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If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle of life and lose sight of your purpose. It’s also easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of work that you need to do to make your dreams a reality. 

So when I say that you should take one day a week where you don’t do anything but yourself, I don’t mean you should stop working on your business. Instead, I recommend taking a day where you focus only on yourself, your health and your happiness. And I want to help you with that. 

For me and I think for many of you, Sundays is ideal!  Let’s share some great ideas and secrets for self-care so that we could celebrate Self Care Sundays together.

The key to happiness is making sure that we are taking care of ourselves. We know that self-care isn’t always easy or fun, but we can’t take good care of ourselves if we aren’t giving ourselves the proper care and attention.

Self-care is not selfish. It’s actually one of the best ways to keep your energy up, your mind clear, and your body healthy. When you’re feeling stressed or unwell, you’re more likely to take out your frustrations by snapping at people, being short with clients or colleagues, and even sabotaging yourself at work. By focusing on self-care you can stop this destructive behavior before it starts.

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We all know the feeling of being so stressed out that it’s hard to even make it to work in the morning. It doesn’t have to be this way! We’ve got you covered with 7 self-care secrets that will bring you energy and enthusiasm even on the hardest days.


Time to Learn How to De-Stress

We all want to look and feel our best. Yet, not many of us ever take the time to make sure that we’re doing the things that will help us achieve that goal. The truth is, you can’t accomplish anything significant if you don’t put forth the effort to achieve it.

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The thing about stress is that it’s not always bad. Sometimes it’s an indication that something needs to change. Here are seven steps you can take today to begin to turn your stressful life around into a much-needed ‘self care routine’. 

1. Figure out your stressors

2. Start taking charge of the situation

3. Start planning ahead

4. Find ways to improve your health

5. Keep a journal

6. Don’t let a few bad days destroy your entire week

7. Remember, the power of positive thinking

1. Figure Out What’s Stressing You Out

Everyone has some kind of stressor. It can be a lot of different things. It could be money, work, relationships, etc. Whatever it is, you have to deal with it. The only way to get rid of stress is to accept it. 

It’s not the stress that bothers us; it’s the thoughts that we think about the stress that we experience. If you stop thinking about the stress and just accept it, it will not bother you anymore. 

If you have some stressor in your life, you should try to identify it. For example, if you are having trouble with your boss, you should talk to him or her. Tell your boss how you feel. Don’t be afraid to tell him or her what you think about the situation. You can even ask for help if you need it. This can be very helpful.

We all have stressors in our lives. These are the things that we find difficult to deal with. Sometimes, we are stressed about something that we can’t change. 

That is why we should accept the fact that we are not in control of everything that happens in our lives. Instead of letting these things bother us, we should learn how to deal with them.

Stress can be very good or it can be very bad. If you identify and accept your stressors, you’ll be able to take steps to eliminate them. The more you practice this, the better you’ll be. It’s important to know your strengths and weaknesses. 

You should also know what is causing your stress. For instance, if you are a perfectionist, you may be stressing yourself out over not being perfect. If you are a perfectionist, you’ll be stressed if you fail to accomplish something. You need to learn how to identify your stressors. Once you do, you’ll be able to make a plan to change your stressors with more of these self-care ideas.

2. Start Taking Charge of the Situation

OK, now that you have identified and accepted your stressors, the next step is to do something about them. What should you do? Well, that depends on the nature of the stressor.

The first thing you should do is identify all of the things in your life that are stressing you out. Ask yourself: “What are the things that are stressing me out right now?”  You should write them down. Now, here’s the next step:

You need to accept those stressors. What I mean is you need to let go of the desire to change or eliminate those stressors. Instead, what you need to do is simply acknowledge them. You need to admit to yourself that you are stressed by those things. Here’s something else: You should not try to eliminate or change your stressors until later in this process. Right now, what you need to do is simply accept them.

Next, what you need to do is to do something to reduce the amount of stress you are feeling. What you do during this step is to take some action to change at least one of your current stressors. 

Think of it this way: If you have a headache, you don’t just lie there and hope it will go away. No. What you do instead is you take an aspirin and then you take some Tylenol and you go to sleep. That’s basically what you need to do… In other words, you need to intentionally consciously control what you can and know what you cannot.

It is important to understand that we cannot control everything in our lives. Instead of letting these things bother us, we should learn how to deal with them.

3. Start Planning Ahead

I’ve learned that one of the secrets to a successful life is to start planning ahead. This way, you can avoid the frustration of having to come up with a plan in the middle of a crisis.

Self care is a great way to bring energy and enthusiasm to your life. It is important to take care of yourself in order to be a better person and to have more energy. If you are having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, it’s time to start planning ahead. 

If you start planning ahead, you will find that you are more enthusiastic to start your day. The reason for this is that if you have a plan for your day, you will know what you need to do. Also, you’ll know what to do first. This will help you to get out of bed. You’ll feel more energetic when you are making a plan.

4. Find Ways to Improve Your Health

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1. Try to for a walk every day… and if you can, take a friend with you!

2. Drink more water… and less soda and alcohol! (H2O is the #1 thirst quencher.)

3. Get some sunlight every day… even if it’s just 15 minutes. (Vitamin D3 helps build strong bones.)

4. Have a healthy intimate relationship with your spouse (and remember… sex boosts your immune system!)

5. Meditate, recite daily affirmations and oh yes, don’t forget the power of prayer!

6. Stop smoking or any other addictive bad habit you may have.

7. Get enough sleep. (More is not better.)

8. Eat more fruits and vegetables. (They’re good for you.)

5. Keep a Journal

Writing a journal is an effective way to deal with your thoughts, feelings, and opinions. This can be a very powerful tool when it comes to making changes in your life. It’s important to keep a journal because it helps you to be more creative. 

It also allows you to focus on the things you don’t want to forget. It’s a good idea to write down your thoughts and feelings, but it’s even better if you can record them. You can do this by taking notes in your notebook or by keeping a “self-care journal”

This is a journal where you write down all the things you did to take care of yourself. Things like getting enough sleep, exercising, studying to increase your knowledge, giving to charity, meditating, etc.

The idea is to write down everything you do to take care of yourself so you have a record of it. You should include in this journal also your exercise.  Why?  Because it helps you to stay in shape and gives you a sense of accomplishment. 

Don’t feel guilty about taking time out for yourself. Nobody is indispensable including you. Take time out for yourself.

It’s important for your overall well-being. When you study the entries in your self-care journal, you will find that you are doing a lot more for yourself than you think. You will also see that you are a much better person than you thought you were.

You’ll see that you are kind, considerate, understanding and tolerant. You’ll see that you have a good sense of humor and that you have a great sense of fair play. You’ll see that you really do love your family and that you have a good heart. These qualities will come to the surface when you examine your self-care journal.

For further reading, check out this article, The Awesome Healing Powers of Journaling.

 6. Don’t Let a Few Bad Days Destroy Your Entire Week

It’s important to give yourself permission to have a bad day once in a while.  With that in mind, the following are some easy ways to include them in your ‘self-care Sundays’.

1. Schedule “fun” stuff into your week.

2. Schedule “down time” into your day.

3. If you tend to overwork yourself, take a day off every week.

4. When things get tough, remember “it gets worse for the man in the arena.”

5. Celebrate small successes instead of getting hung up on larger failures.

6. Be kind to yourself. You are worth it.

7. Take time off for yourself whenever needed as a matter of course.

8. If you do let yourself get down, stop beating yourself up and start focusing on the process of getting back up.

9. Accept help when you need it — from a friend or a family member or a therapist.

10. Remember that every day is an opportunity to do something nice for someone else.

7. Remember, the Power of Positive Thinking

You should always try to think positively when it comes to self care. If you tell yourself you are beautiful every day, you will begin to believe it. If you tell yourself you are strong every day, you will begin to believe it. 

If you repeat positive affirmations to yourself often enough, you will eventually believe them. This is an important part of the process. You should do this with a belief in yourself and never doubt your own abilities. You are a valuable person. You have a lot to offer. Believe it.

Always remember that your thoughts about yourself are a direct reflection of your self-esteem. If you have low self-esteem, you will always see yourself as less than someone else. On the other hand, if you have high self-esteem, you will always see yourself as more than someone else. 

Always remember that positive thinking for self care is not some trick. It is a way of life. It is a choice you will make every day of your life. You got this!


Self Care Sunday Quotes

For additional inspiration and motivation, the following are some of my favorite thought-provoking quotes that I encourage you to read and let them resonate with you on your self-care journey.

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“If you really want to be successful in life, don’t ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

“You have to find something you love so much that you’ll always do it. That’s how it works.”

“A good day is when you’re busy doing what you love.”

– Barbara Corcoran
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“If you have not found the time to be kind to yourself, you will never find time to be kind to others.”  

“Self-care is not selfish. It’s selfless.”

“Healthy self-care means looking after yourself. That’s why it is called self-care. Not selfish-care. Selfish-care means you look after someone else. That’s called helping.”

“Take time for self-care, and you will be rewarded with a much-needed break from the grind.”


Self Care Summary

In conclusion, when you do finally get around to taking care of yourself, do it for pleasure and sanity.  In turn, the residual results will show your productivity-improving and your overall sense of well-being boosted.

Schedule “me time” on a regular basis.  If Sunday isn’t ideal for you, then select another day but try to do it on the same day each week. Allow yourself to be selfish every once in a while and do something that makes you feel good.

As you think more and more about your own self-care, I want you to think about how important it is for YOU to take care of your own happiness. You see, if you are not happy, it is impossible for you to help anyone else be happy. 

So, what is the one thing you could do that would make you happy? It’s easy. It’s… Do What You Already Know Is Right!


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.  Why is self-care important?

Self-care is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.  It is important because we all have 24 hours a day, 7 days a week responsibilities. Taking care of yourself will prevent a lot of stress and health problems. It is also important because it makes us feel better when we take time out for ourselves. 

By taking care of yourself, you are giving yourself positive affirmations. This is a great way to boost your self-esteem. It’s also important to take care of yourself so you can continue to take care of others.

2. What are the five categories of self-care?

Four main categories of self-care include eating healthy, sleeping well, exercising, and mental health. A fifth self-care category that also must be included is your spiritual health as well.

Self-care includes all the things you do to take care of your well-being in these five key areas.

3.  Why happens when you don’t practice self-care?

If you don’t take care of yourself, you will soon start to feel tired, run-down, and sick. This will affect your work performance and your physical appearance. It will also negatively impact your mood.

All of this will contribute to a general feeling of malaise. If you don’t pay attention to your needs, you won’t have the energy to deal with the problems in your life. You’ll become frustrated and overwhelmed, and your health will quickly start to suffer. Don’t let this happen to you. Take time out for yourself every day. 

4. What are some mental self-care activities?

Mental Health is one of the five categories of self-care. This means that you should be well-rounded. You should try to keep your mind as clear as possible. 
Here is my list of 10 great things that you can do to care for your mind:
* Recite daily positive affirmations.
* Exercise.
* Read books.
* Engage in positive conversation with people.
* Write in a journal.
* Practice gratitude.
* Practice kindness every day to others.
* Pray.

5. What about self-care for men?

A lot of men have problems in their lives, and they don’t always know how to deal with those problems. They too need to realize the importance of practicing self-care.  Men are constantly being pressured to perform. They are expected to be strong, financially secure, good fathers, providers, etc.
Men need to learn how to properly care for themselves. Some self-care ideas are to eat right, get enough rest, exercise, and let others know they are there for them when they need help.
Finally. Men need to realize that self-care is just as important as self-respect. Self-respect comes from within; it is earned by doing what is necessary to keep yourself healthy both physically and mentally.

Self Care Sundays for Busy Moms

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6 comments on “Self Care Sundays for Busy Moms”

  1. Thank you for sharing this thoughtful blog post. Everybody talks about self care and it’s truly important for us to really understand and practice to make our life happy.

    Thank you!

  2. Thank you for sharing this thoughtful blog post. Everybody talks about self care and it’s truly important for us to really understand and practice to make our life happy.

    Thank you!

  3. I thought I would share my personal ‘Self Care Sunday’ routine… Although I think Self-Care is important to be done every day of the week, I do set aside Sunday for more self-indulgences to look forward to. For instance… I love, love, love warm hot showers. As I don’t apologize for taking a full additional 15 minutes or so doing just that. There’s no many great ‘scented body washes’ on the market today. Afterwards, I love the aroma of scented essential oils and have them ready for me afterwards to later relax and take in while I read one of my favorite self-help books. Let me know what your self care routine is!

  4. I thought I would share my personal ‘Self Care Sunday’ routine… Although I think Self-Care is important to be done every day of the week, I do set aside Sunday for more self-indulgences to look forward to. For instance… I love, love, love warm hot showers. As I don’t apologize for taking a full additional 15 minutes or so doing just that. There’s no many great ‘scented body washes’ on the market today. Afterwards, I love the aroma of scented essential oils and have them ready for me afterwards to later relax and take in while I read one of my favorite self-help books. Let me know what your self care routine is!

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