I talk a lot about self-care and motherhood, but it’s pretty clear that many, many moms would practice more self-care than they do if they only had more time. But that argument is a symptom of the problem, and the problem is that self-care doesn’t always mean taking time away from your day to have a luxurious bath or meditate or practice yoga. Self-care is also little things like drinking enough water, eliminating toxic relationships from your life, and practicing mindfulness and gratitude.

As I started thinking more about just how many activities the term “self-care” encompasses, I found myself puttering around the internet until I stumbled onto a few TED talks. I love TED talks in general, and these in particular were really profound for me as I got to thinking more about how and when self-care and motherhood overlap.

Happiness is a Very High Bar

by Jennifer Senior

Unmasking Motherhood

by Katherine Wintsch


The Importance of Self-care

by Guy Winch

Published by Tiffany Barry

Tiffany Barry is a single mom of 4 who never really planned it out that way. Her writing about motherhood, family finances, parenting, and more has been featured on sites like Scary Mommy, Modern Mom, and Parenting.com.

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  1. Thanks for sharing these TED Talks! I agree that parenting nowadays is confusing for many because the world has changed drastically. I also believe in the importance of self-care, especially our psychological health.