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  • Moms Share Fave Self-Care Tips: 'Having Hot Coffee Without Someone Yelling 'Mom!'"

    Taking a break also means taking care of your family.
    by Darlene Estandarte .
Moms Share Fave Self-Care Tips: 'Having Hot Coffee Without Someone Yelling 'Mom!'"
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  • Moms, self-care is just as important as taking care of your kids. Remember to give yourself a break even for a few minutes so stress, exhaustion, or parental burnout won't take a toll.

    Simple ways to do self-care

    Though we are now spending most of our time indoors because of the ever-changing quarantines, it does not mean we can do away with 'me-time'. Caring for yourself is something that you can do everyday alongside raising your kids.

    On our Facebook page, we asked moms for their favorite forms of self-care during the pandemic. Try their tips and ideas!

    1. Sing and dance all your stress away

    It feels good to get lost in your favorite tunes — it even boosts endorphins, also known as the happy hormones. Plug in your favorite music, feel the rhythm, sing your heart out, and dance all your stress away!

    You can also try singing karaoke with your partner or friends and make yourself feel young again for a while. This doesn’t take your whole day, so, don't worry, mom!

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    Real mom tip: “Listening and dancing to throwback hits of the 80's and 90’s is my favorite. Thanks to YouTube and the high quality sound of my bluetooth earphones. Party party alone!” - Elma A.

    2. Watch videos that will bring your mood up

    A lot of moms have already confessed that K-drama is their favorite form of self-care, but there are also others who turn to videos to feel relaxed and motivated. It could be inspirational videos, home transformations (check out our home makeovers here), or anything you like — it’s all on the Internet!

    Real mom tips: “Participating in a mental health webinar, and reading and watching inspirational stories is what I do because it helps me resist my anger and I don’t want my pride to go uphill as much as possible.” — Gia B.

    “When I have time, watching motivational videos on YouTube and Facebook is my best [form of] self-care.” - Jashtin B.

    3. Have your favorite cup of coffee

    Nothing is more relaxing than driking a cup of coffee (or tea!). Indulge in your favorite drink, whether it's black, decaf, espresso, latte — name it and go get it! Whip it when the kids are asleep, so you can have a few moments of peace instead of being distracted with everything that's happening around you.

    Real mom tips: “Sipping my black coffee na walang istorbo. Kasi most of the time, lumalamig lang ‘yung kape ko hindi ko pa naiinom kasi inuuna ko pa anak ko.” — Ban N.

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    “Best feeling is having my hot coffee without someone calling 'Mom!!!' — Cris M.

    4. Add to cart

    Even if you don't have the budget yet, you can just keep adding stuff on your cart. Moms have said it's therapeutic and satisfying. Just be careful with what you check out!

    Real mom tips: “I love online shopping kahit once a month! Add to cart lang nang add to cart. Haha!” — Anna E. 

    “I always shop for house improvements ngayong pandemic!” — Bernice C. 

    5. If our toddlers can play, so can we

    Kids are not the only ones who can play. Moms (and dads!) deserve it, too! If you're into video games, don't hesitate to enjoy your hobby. You and your partner can take turns and it's also a good bonding time with hubby, friends, and even your kids!

    Real mom tips: “Self-care or me time ko is pag naglalaro na ako sa Xbox. ‘Yun lang alone time ko and maka-bonding mga friends ko sa game.” — Kristel D.C.

    “I used to watch Asian dramas before. But, now, connecting with friends to be informed sa mga tsismis na ‘yung self-care ko!” — JL R.

    They say a happy wife means a happy life. Self-care doesn't need to be expensive and it can be done without taking time away from your daily routine. Find time for yourself and mental, spiritual, and physical health will come along, too.

    Rica Peralejo reminds parents to have “pockets of rest.” Click here to read.

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