Actress and entrepreneur Tia Mowry has grown up in the public eye. From her days on Sister Sister to now mother of two, the multi-tasking mom is always full of amazing advice for parents, proving that she truly is just like us when it comes to navigating parenthood. Recently, she sat down with :BLACKPRINT Meredith, the Black Employee Affinity Group for Meredith Corporation, and shared her five step parenting self-care.
“Self-care, to me, first of all, is bringing awareness to how you feel, and what you need to reach your potential when it comes to happiness, mind, body, and spirit,” Mowry said in her interview. “It’s all-encompassing.”
Below are Mowry’s five easy steps to parenting self-care.
Mantra: “Whenever I’m just overwhelmed or frustrated, I tell myself, ‘You got this. You got this girl.’ I think it’s important to have mantras and I think it’s important to have a relationship with yourself, and to talk to yourself. You are your biggest supporter.”
“Training the mind to focus on the positive things [is integral]. So many things could be going wrong in your life, but I think it’s really important to fixate and focus on the positive.”
Exercise: “When it comes to body, my self-care is about exercising and giving [my] body what it needs to feel great and to feel awesome.”
Food: “Eating well [is] being aware of what you’re putting in your body. Food is medicine and it also triggers emotions. It could trigger anxiety; it could trigger depression. So being aware of how food makes you feel when you eat it—mind-blowing. When you start to get that relationship, you really start to feel whole. It’s a part of taking care of you.”
As you know, the mother of two has out a new cookbook, The Quick Fix Kitchen. Mowry said in her interview that the kitchen was a great place to create memories and to start family dialogues. “I know for me, when I was growing up, the kitchen was where conversations would start.” She continued, “The kitchen is a fun place, mainly because you are making delicious meals. You are nurturing your family, your friends, and you’re putting great quality food on the table for your loved ones.”
Mowry’s last parenting self-care step is spirit.
Spirit: “I feel like what feeds my spirit is making sure that I’m around positive people. I think that’s a part of self-care, being aware of who the people are that you are around most of the time. Are they speaking negative things into your life?”
To watch the full interview with Mowry, click here. Sound off below. Do you have any parenting self-care tips that you’d like to share? We want to hear from you!