Yeah, we know self-care is essential for moms, but most of us are still slacking. That’s why we’re rounding up the best 8 self-care articles for moms to read ASAP.

Some of these will give you some ideas on quick self-care practices, and some are just mom getting super real about how they feel self-care is actually totally unattainable. It’s ok mama, you’ve got this and these self-care articles will help get you a little closer to getting in the self-are you need so badly. (I know… because I need it too.)

What Self-Care Is — and What It Isn’t By Raphailia Michael, MA for Psych Central

“Self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although it’s a simple concept in theory, it’s something we very often overlook. Good self-care is key to improved mood and reduced anxiety. It’s also key to a good relationship with oneself and others.”

Mom Self-Care is Non-Negotiable by Mia Redick for Huffington Post

Self-care isn’t something that visits me like a distant cousin but instead it is a part of my daily experience. Each day, I know what I will do for me. Some days are simple rituals such as journaling while having my favorite cup of tea and other days it might mean a visit to see my favorite play, friend or personal trainer.”

‘Self-care’ is not enough to fix how much moms are burnt out by Diana Spalding for Motherly

“There is no bubble bath that will hush the constant underlying buzz of anxiety.

There is no girls-weekend-away that will undo the isolation of a fourth trimester spent without a village.

There is no nap that will revive the energy poured into balancing a career with motherhood.

There is no glass of wine that will ease the accumulating effect of all the ailments we “haven’t had time to see a doctor about.”

Moms are burnt out, and our society needs to start caring.”

The Most Important Thing About Self-Care for Mothers by Sarah Ruddell Beach for Left Brain Buddha

“Self-care is a practice, it is a commitment we make to ourselves so that we may do the important work we are here to do.

Self-care for mothers means we have a toolkit for daily living, not a “break glass in case of emergency” escape plan.”

No, Moms: It’s Not Selfish to Make Yourself a Priority by Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow for Parents

“‘We live in an age of overparenting—we treat it as an Olympic sport,’ says Samantha Ettus, best-selling author of The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe For Success and Satisfaction and a mom of three. ‘We’re confusing the amount of time we spend with our kids with the quality of our parenting. The quality of your relationship with your child isn’t directly correlated to the time you spend with them.’ And once you accept that, she says, it’s easier to figure out what you actually need to be the best parent you can be.”

Simple Self-Care for Moms that Actually Works by Morgan Battista for Mom Uprising

“I decided to start with one super basic thing that I would start every single day that would herald in a new routine. A way to kind of short circuit my old norm and quickly swap it out for something new.

I would simply wake up every day, quickly get the kids settled, then grab a glass of water and my multivitamin.

That’s it.

I would make that one small change of starting my day by drinking a glass of water and taking my vitamin.”

The Ultimate Form of Self-Care: How to Stop Saying Yes When You Really Want to Say No by Amanda Baudier for the Chill Times

“We all want to fit in and be liked. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and we want to avoid conflict at all costs. And when it comes to work-life, we’ve been programmed—at least subconsciously—not to go against authority, thinking that we have to be “yes (wo)men”  in order to succeed and be praised and promoted. Saying “no” can even make us question our own identities. Can I say no and still call myself a supportive friend? A rockstar employee and a good person? The answer to that is HELL YES!”

37 Quick and Easy Self-Care Ideas For Moms Short On Time by Bethany Taylor for Imperfectly Perfect Mama

“I’m not talking about taking luxurious hour-long bubble baths with rose petals and a glass of wine (even though there is nothing wrong with that).

I am talking about making sure that our basic needs are met so that we can continue to do the things we need to do.”

There are so many self-care articles floating around the web lately, but these eight were must-reads in our book. Which is your fav? Let us know in the comments, mama.

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