Importance of Self-Care this Mother's Day

Mother's Day is this Sunday. A psychologist explains why it's important for moms to practice self-care, especially since they often put their needs last.

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CLEVELAND - Mother’s Day is this Sunday.

As we all know, moms play a big role in the family, which means sometimes putting their own needs on the back burner.

But it’s important to remember their health and well-being matters, too.

“When we don’t take care of ourselves, we experience chronic physical and emotional fatigue. In my clinical practice, I see moms all the time who talk about the fact that they feel like their tank is on empty because they are always doing for others and rarely taking time for themselves,” said Adam Borland, PsyD, psychologist for Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Borland said when it comes to self-care, it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant – like spending the day at the spa or going on vacation.

Instead, it’s about making time for yourself and finding ways to relax.

Some ideas include taking a bubble bath, meditating, reading a book, going for a walk, working on a creative project, or going to dinner with friends.

He knows it can be difficult for moms to step away from the family, but even doing something for just a few minutes can help.

They shouldn’t feel guilty, everyone deserves a break.

“When moms prioritize their own emotional and physical well-being, they’re going to be a better version of themselves,” said Dr. Borland. “They’re going to feel better physically and emotionally, which is then going to make them a better mom, a better spouse, a better friend, a better family member.”

Dr. Borland said self-care also means going in for regular check-ups with your physician and not delaying any tests you may need.

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