Self-care for Mom Writers: January is for Hibernation

Amy MercerBy Amy Mercer

Take these dark, rainy or snowy days of winter to retreat from the world, create a cocoon for yourself and regenerate, mamas. While everyone else is spending money on gym memberships, you can save and take a few precious moments to curl up at home in front of the fire while the kids play in the snow or, if you live in the South like me, jump in the puddles.

Drink lots of hot tea or coffee and take warm baths while the kids are in school or asleep for the night. Slow down, stop trying to do it all, put away the overused, worn thin superwoman costume for the month.

When the sun starts to shine again from within, you’ll come out of your cocoon refreshed and ready to send out those articles, essays and book proposals. You will be strong and ready to face the inevitable rejections as well as embrace promising opportunities.

Here’s some tips for taking good care of you:

1. Write a memory of your most relaxing vacation, how did it make you feel and why? Pull out the photo album, what did the beach smell like, how did the sand feel between your toes? Take us there with you.

2. If you work outside the home, schedule a “sick day” and spend it alone under your covers with a notebook and your favorite pen.

3. Make a movie date with the kids, blow up the inflatable bed, pull the shades, pop some corn and snuggle down under the comforter.

4. Unplug your computer for the day. Organize your bookcase, fill a box to donate to the local library, or sell on Amazon and find an old favorite to re-read while the kids are sleeping.

A little self-care goes a long way in the face of a long winter, mamas. What will you do to take care of you this January?
Amy S. Mercer is a freelance writer living in Charleston, SC with her husband and two sons. Her writing has been published in skirt! Magazine, Literary Mama, Diabetes Forecast and A Cup of Comfort for Writers. Amy is Blog Editor for Literary Mama and Associate editor for The Writer Mama Zine. More at Dreaming About Water.


3 Responses to “Self-care for Mom Writers: January is for Hibernation”

  1. 1 whitney January 13, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I usually toil away on my laptop at home, amidst the chaos that my two little ones so effortlessly produce. Yesterday I took old Bessie to the coffee shop around the corner, where we spent a couple of blissful hours listening only to the clacking of her keys and the hum of quiet strangers, espresso machines and world music. It’s been a while since I’ve been so focused on me. I could have cried.

    Thanks for the reminder, Amy.

  2. 2 hi kooky January 14, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    It’s funny you should mention this… All I can think about lately is grabbing a cozy throw and snuggling down on the couch; I just want to give my mind, body, and soul a REST! Home has never felt so much like a haven. After I tuck the kids in and put on my pj’s and super fuzzy socks, I pretty much feel like life couldn’t get any better. Thanks for the ideas, encouragement, and camaraderie!

  3. 3 amy mercer January 23, 2008 at 4:48 am

    I’m so glad someone took my advice! Thanks for reading:)

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