This is a guest post from our friend Kimmy Smith, creator of the Fit Mummy Project

There is a lot of talk about self-care at the moment. From yoga, to meditation, to positive affirmations to organic skin care. It is fair to say that the pendulum has swung from punishing our bodies through diet and depravation to nourishing ourselves with love and self-care.

As a mum to two girls, a personal trainer, yoga teacher and creator of the Fit Mummy Project App, I love seeing this shift in attitude. I especially love seeing women begin to really care for their own well-being whilst stepping into the role of mother and carer.

However, as a Mum to two girls, I also find it frustrating and somewhat beyond my means. I would love to luxuriate in a two hour morning ritual. But, who has time for an hour long morning routine when you have small ones waking you up demanding to be fed?

An evening bath filled with lavender and candles. Well, that sounds incredible. But the truth is, bath time isn’t quite as relaxing as it once was. My girls have recently decided that it is their responsibility to wash me. Super cute, yes. Relaxing, no!

And yet, I don’t want to just give up. Just because self-care might not be as easy as it once was, that is even more reason to develop some kind of self-care practice.

With this in mind, I wanted to share some simple ways that you can increase your self-care as a busy mum.

Self Care for Mums

Yoga

I think Yoga is the best gift that you can offer yourself as a Mum. Yoga allows you to slow down and turn your attention inwards. Releasing tension through stretching and opening the body feels amazing. Personally, I have noticed that by regularly practising yoga I am much less reactive or dramatic.

If you have zero yoga experience, and no time to get to class, you can still do this simple yoga practice. Guaranteed to help you feel calm and grounded.

Mini Meditations

Meditation is another amazing tool for Mums. It can help you to stay calm amongst the craziness of daily life. It also helps to put things into perspective and avoid getting swept up in negative thought patterns. However, it can also be hard to get started. You might feel like you are just closing your eyes and going over your to-do list again and again. That is why mini-meditations are so good.

In the Fit Mummy Project App, I share short guided meditations designed just for busy Mums. They will help you to find a sense of peace and return you to the present moment almost instantly.

If you need to shift your attitude in just 30 seconds, try either of this simple mindfulness practice.

Breath Meditation

Simply watch your breath flow in and out.

As you exhale notice the slight pause that comes before your next inhalation.

Keep noticing this pause without trying to change it or extend it.

Repeat for one minute.

Finding your Joy

Joy is often found in the most simple things and this simple exercise has the ability to make you aware of just how full of joy your day can be.

Make a list of the things that bring your joy. They can be big things or small things that you do every day (like coffee or chocolate!).

Pick one thing that you can do every day.

Pick one thing that you will try to do once a week.

Pick one thing that you will try to do once a month.

Bringing awareness to the things that bring you joy helps you to get so much more pleasure out of them!

Creating a Positive Day

I know that I mentioned that it is hard to fit in a morning routine some days, but creating a positive start to your day when you have the opportunity has the ability to transform your whole day and even week. Try this morning routine that I have created for busy Mums. You can choose which practices suit you and the whole thing can be done in under 20 minutes.

Pamper

Indulge in simple ways to pamper yourself. I recently invested in some face masks. I will put on a face mask on a Sunday night and enjoy a glass of red wine. The wine might undo the benefits of the face mask, but it feels like I am living the scene of a movie. It is one of my favourite rituals.

About Kimmy Smith

Kimmy Smith is the Founder of the Fit Mummy Project App – the complete postnatal fitness and well-being App. Kimmy is also an ex-professional athlete, fitness instructor, qualified yoga teacher and mother to two girls. Kimmy is on a mission to support and empower women to embrace the journey of motherhood. In 2016, Kimmy launched the postnatal fitness and wellbeing hub, www.kimmysmithfit.com, an online destination that encompasses fitness, food and healthy mindset essentials including tips, advice, workouts, meal plans and recipes. It aims to help all new mums create a beautiful, fit and strong new body and life.

Connect with Kimmy:

Facebook: @fitmummysquad

Instagram: @kimmysmithfit

Website www.kimmysmithfit.com