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Well-Being 101: Busy Moms Need Day Care, Too

Why is this Mother’s Day different from all the others I’ve been around for?

Because this year, I’m a mom. My unexpected bundle of joy is an 8-month-old named Abraham, funny and smart and remarkably good-natured. And still, he’s a handful, and I find myself obsessed with his needs, constantly thinking about all the things I could be doing, should be doing, to keep our son healthy, happy and calm.

Is he eating enough? Sleeping well? Is he getting out for walks and unstructured playtime? And when he’s inside, am I giving him enough attention to keep him feeling safe, loved, cognitively challenged?

It’s a selfless 24/7 full-time job, this motherhood thing. And our Abraham is just a puppy, 100% poodle – no “oodle” hybrid — the color of autumn.

So this Mother’s Day, I’m super sensitive to what it means to dedicate yourself to the well-being of another, how hard it is to peel off time for yourself, to do the things that keep you healthy, happy and calm.

Which is why the rest of this column focuses on a new book called “Self-Care For Moms,” written by Sara Robinson, a mental skills coach who helps busy moms find balance in their lives, and time in their days, to nurture themselves.

“Being a mom is exhausting,” Sara writes, “which makes taking care of yourself that much more important to your overall well-being. But it’s also really hard to make self-care happen.”

Really hard, but totally necessary. And feeling guilty for taking the time, for making the time, to keep your own mind and body in balance is the opposite of self-care. It’s self-destructive.

“What gets in the way of your self-care?” Robinson asks.

(Now would be a good time for you to answer. We can pause.)

“Make a list. You’ll probably come up with the usual reasons: not enough time or money, your kids need you, your schedule is packed, or you don’t have the energy.”

These are nothing more than excuses, coach Sara explains: “You’re prioritizing other people and other things, and you’re not being intentional about your time. It’s okay. We all do it, but you can change. You just need to do a little planning.”

Your planning is the key to your success. Time for self-care doesn’t just present itself. You have to schedule it within your existing routine, short-term and long-term. Short-term might mean doing a 10-minute meditation every morning. Long-term might mean a week in Copenhagen. Hah! Planning, planning, planning.

And you have to be creative. Carry a book in your purse for wait times. Listen to an audiobook or podcast while doing the laundry. And for any self-care option that takes more than five minutes, write it down!

“You’re more likely to make self-care happen when you’ve got a date with yourself, on your calendar.”

Also, let others help you. If people are going to gift you, don’t be shy about asking for a house-cleaning service or a babysitter so you can go to your choir practice or visit a museum or get your toes painted bright red.

Coach Sara’s book includes more than 150 “real ways to care for yourself while caring for everyone else,” ranging from five-minute activities such as “apply great-smelling body lotion” to all-day plans like “apend a day being active in nature,” with 30-minute and one-hour activities in between.

Here are some of her good ideas:

  • Just have five minutes? Call a friend; savor a piece of fruit; practice gratitude; do five minutes of yoga; light a candle and breathe; take off your nail polish; pray; do nothing.
  • Can you carve out one hour? Take an exercise class; sleep in; get a massage; unplug from all technology; catch up on your favorite show; volunteer; go on a bike ride; take a nap.

Coach Sara is offering excellent advice, but nothing will happen and nothing will change until you decide to take control of your situation and plan, plan, plan for your success.

That’s why tomorrow a professional dog-walker is coming to take Abraham out for an hour … so I can continue reading a fascinating novel called “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.” It’s about a gifted dog trainer.


“When you’re happy and well taken care of, you set the stage for the other areas of your life to function well, including caring for your kids.” – Sara Robinson

Marilynn Preston is the author of “Energy Express,” America’s longest-running healthy lifestyle column. Her new Amazon best-seller “All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being” is available now on Amazon and elsewhere. Visit Creators Publishing at to learn more. For more on personal well-being, visit



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