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Be Your Own Valentine

tips for mom's self care by citygirlgonemom

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Parenting isn’t just hard work, it’s constant. No matter what stage we’re in, from pulling all-nighters with our infants, to the temper tantrums of the terrible twos, all the way through the tweenager stage, parenting can be depleting. When you’re wifing and mothering 24/7, taking time for yourself oftentimes takes a back seat. But at the end of the day, I’ve got to remind myself that I would never overlook my children’s health, so why take a chance on my own self care?

It actually dawned on me yesterday, that I haven’t come up for air in quite some time. The days are feeling shorter and shorter, and by the time I put my last baby to bed, I can barely keep my eyes open for one more task, never-mind my own bedtime rituals. Moms can’t take the chance of falling apart, so making sure I am in tip top shape is crucial. This recent survey from the American Psychological Association shows a statistically significant increase in stress levels in the US for the first time since the survey began in 2007. It also notes that women are more likely than men to select money and family responsibilities as a significant form of stress (56% of women vs. 42% of men mention family responsibilities).

I encourage all of you to join me and #BeYourOwnValentine this year – all year. We may feel like we are winning at the daily grind and maneuvering through the mines of motherhood, but taking a break for our own self-care matters the most. When considering the ways to incorporate self-care into our daily lives has three useful tips:

  • Your Overall Health: Maintain general health and support your immune system with vitamins and dietary supplements. Millions of Americans are at risk for vitamin deficiencies. From people with food allergies, to pregnant women, to healthy adults, to vegetarians and vegans, learn how vitamins and supplements help support overall wellness by following this link.
  • Your Skin: Love the skin you’re in … while warm showers and baths can be a welcoming antidote to long, stressful days, they can also strip the moisture in our skin during the cold winter months. For tips on taking care of dry winter skin, follow this link.
  • Your Pain Management: If your new exercise routine has your muscles aching, or you come down with a cold or flu, you may be reaching for an OTC pain reliever to ease your symptoms. Be confident you are reaching for the *right* pain reliever to treat your symptoms by following this link to a new, interactive tool on the site.

tips for moms self care this valentines days by city girl gone mom

Life is busy, and so is motherhood. My role as Mom means more than just kissing boo boos, or packing lunches. It’s a role that requires recharging my cape to inspire, teach, guide, counsel and nurture. As I navigate through these adventures in mothering, spousing, and just being me, there is simply no time to put self-care on the back burner. I encourage you to join me and #beyourownvalentine by taking breaks for just you! Don’t forget to read these tips by KnowYourOTC’ because YOU are worth it. And afterall, there’s no time like the present to ignite new habits to keep mom healthy and happy.



  1. I know I need to take care better of myself and take time for me. That is how I can be my own Valentine. Thanks for this reminder!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      aww you are awesome thanks for this…

  2. Self care is so important, especially when you’re a mom. Unfortunately it’s much harder to focus on when you’re caring for tiny humans… I’m learning that now.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      I agree its critical and we always put ourselves on the back burner

  3. We should be our own Valentine every day. The person who should love us the most is ourselves!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      so true thanks for sharing… xoxoxo

  4. This is awesome! It is so important to love yourself not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day! As a busy mom, I need to do better.

  5. Indeed!!! I look back at when my now 20 sometimes were children (they still are really) and wonder HOW DID I SURVIVE?? I am still exhausted now that they do not need me every second of the day! We MUST take care of ourselves – as they say “put your own life mask on first!”

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      Awe I love this… thank you so so much for sharing xoxo

      1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

        awe I agree thanks so much for your words

  6. I love this! It’s so important to take care of yourself everyday. So many great tips.

  7. Yes!! Totally agree! And we should be our own Valentine every day of the year with the mindset that self-care matters and it isn’t selfish!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      awe thanks for this… means a lot your feedback

  8. These photos are too cute! Being your own Valentine is necessary sometimes because a lot of the time we forget to treat ourselves.

  9. I’m always so busy making sure that the kids are taken care of and that the hubby is okay, that I tend to forget about myself. I think I’m going to take Sunday to be my “Valentines Day” and do something just for me.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      I love this I hope you did it mama!!!!

  10. As a single mom to a very active little boy, I cherish those moments I get to take care of myself and just relax a little. Even if only for 5 minutes! It’s so important to gather yourself together a bit and just be in peace

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      awe your words mean so so much to me!

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