When was the last time you did something for you? Just you?
Motherhood changes us. In the most profound ways possible, we grow and change and open up to new love. But rarely do we prioritize nurturing ourselves. We find excuses – too tired, not enough time, no money. But we forget that it’s like the oxygen mask on the airplane – in order to put the mask on your child, you have to have that mask on yourself.
Nurturing Life is about remembering to nurture ourselves as well as our babies. Before children, self-care came in many forms, from the extravagant days spent just reading a book or sleeping in to regularly exercising and eating well. Balancing the demands of all the little people, relationships and career means that we all too often put ourselves at the bottom of the list to nurture.
What is Nurturing Life?
The dictionary definition of nurturing is to feed and protect, and during pregnancy, that’s exactly what motherhood is all about. After our babies are born, nurturing includes training, encouraging, supporting and parenting. Have you ever thought about doing any of those things for yourself?
At Motherlove, we use Nurturing Life as our mission statement because nurturing moms and babies together is essential for both to thrive. During pregnancy, moms are reminded minute-by-minute of this relationship and we typically focus on our health and wellbeing because it’s tied to our child’s life. After birth, we get so focused on our children that we lose that connection to our own wellbeing.
At Motherlove, we often tell moms who struggle with low supply that breastfeeding is not all or nothing. Every drop counts. Motherhood is the same way. None of us are perfect and learning to nurture yourself is a journey. Start with just five minutes a day and do something small.
- Take a walk
- Enjoy some silence (hard to find, but necessary!)
- Eat a nutritious meal
- Take a shower
- Spend a few extra minutes applying Pregnant Belly Salve just for you
- Phone a friend
- Learn something new
- Watch or listen to something funny and laugh!
Make yourself a priority each and every day and share the results with the other moms in your life. Even taking 60 seconds at a time several times a day will nurture your spirit and body and help to balance the entire experience of motherhood.
Share some tips for Nurturing Life with other moms in the comments.
DISCLAIMER: This blog post was written by a paid sponsor for the Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) Campaign 2014 – Motherlove Herbal Company. The opinions expressed by Motherlove Herbal Company and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of PAM or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Motherlove Herbal Company. Always consult with your medical provider regarding any personal health questions or decisions (including nutrition, diet, and exercise).