Being a mum is a full-time job. This certainly isn’t news to anyone who actually is a mum, but it can be easy to forget that every once in a while, in the midst of taking care of everyone else, it’s important to take care of yourself as well!
For many busy mothers this can mean enjoying a quiet cup of tea at nap time, indulging their passion for interior design with a browse through the sofas and other furniture online, or getting out for an evening run.
Whatever the preferred method of relaxation; it’s important to indulge in ‘me time’ on a regular basis to keep both family and personal sanity in check. Here are some great ways to unwind when there’s just no room on the calendar for that well-earned spa week.
Many mums spend a lot of time indoors looking after the kids so it’s important to get out of the house for a quick and well deserved mood-booster. It’s amazing how a breath of fresh of air or the sound of the wind whistling through trees can dramatically impact attitudes. Taking a quiet stroll can be a truly cathartic experience and can provide some much-needed serenity in contrast to the chaos of family life.
Stretch it Out
Stress not only affects the mental, but the physical state as well. When there’s a break in the day and kids are otherwise occupied, take a few minutes to do some full-body stretches along with some simple (yet effective) breathing exercises.
These types of exercises help get the blood flowing, reduce muscle tension as well as jump-starting the release of endorphins. Stretching and breathing exercises can have a tremendous impact on the mind, body and soul and are a great way to unwind, both literally and figuratively.
Turn Up the Music
Music can be a reliable and effective way to kick back, recharge and rejuvenate the spirit. Whether it’s Mozart or Lady Gaga, it has strong connections to memory and is a great way to maintain a positive mental state. Finding the perfect soundtrack for any mood is made easy with music available online. Dancing in the living room (with headphones on if kids are sleeping) is a great outlet for stress and a surprisingly beneficial aerobic workout.
Finding humour in every situation a mother faces can be challenging at times, but when it is possible, it’s totally worth it. Take some time to sit down with a funny book or movie, to chat with friends who make you laugh or to just tickle a little one to get a taste of the sheer joy that laughter brings. A good giggle has the power to make stress just fade away.
Family life gets chaotic rather quickly and it can be downright exhausting. For busy mums who take care of more than just their families, having reliable relaxation activities can be a real lifesaver. And remember, every mum should make the time to unwind.