I am so excited to tell you that today we have a guest poster, Erin, from Stay at Home Yogi. Erin has been one of my very best blogging friends for about a year now. You can even find one of my posts (How Yoga Makes Me a More Blissful Mom) on her site. Today Erin is talking about something all moms could use a little more of: self-care! We all need a little more me time, and we almost always feel guilty about it (even though we shouldn’t!). But Erin has some amazing and simple self-care ideas for every mom. Take care of yourselves, mommas, so you don’t reach the end of your rope! Thanks for joining us today, Erin!
Raise your hand if you are a super stressed-out mom! I’m right there with you. From the sleepless newborn phase to the terrible twos to packing endless school lunches, moms don’t ever seem to get a break! And when we get so busy caring for our families, we tend to stop taking care of ourselves. Self-care is so important though, especially in times of stress.
If you are feeling beyond frazzled, hang in there mama, and try one of these eight simple self-care ideas.
8 Self-Care Ideas for Super Stressed Out Moms
Take a few long, deep breaths. Even if there is chaos all around you, you should instantly feel a little more relaxed. Sounds too simple, right? Go on … give it a try.
Take care of your health in small ways. Drink a big glass of water. Take your vitamins. Walk for 10 minutes to get some exercise (even if it’s just taking a lap around your own living room!). Remind yourself as you are doing these small actions – I’m doing this because I matter. I’m doing this because I love myself. There is always time to take good care of me.
Cut Back on Caffeine
Wait! Hear me out! 🙂 As a sleep deprived mom I definitely rely heavily on my beloved coffee. But be aware of how much you are consuming, especially during extra stressful times in your life. More coffee is not always the answer. It can increase your anxiety, make your feel jittery, and prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep if you overdo it. Know yourself and your own limits as caffeine affects everyone differently.
Take a Hot Shower
After more than three years of mom’ing I have learned to prioritize daily showers. I just feel better when I take them. And I don’t just make sure I take them, I milk them for all they are worth! Especially when my kids are sleeping, or someone else is available to watch them, I take the longest showers possible. It is the one time a day I feel truly relaxed. It’s also a great way to hit the reset button at the end of a particularly trying day. I literally wash the stress away, and am ready to do it all over again!
When life is really stressful, we tend to be stubborn and keep pushing forward (or is that just me?). We insist on juggling everything – all. the. time. Give yourself a break, and add some guilt free convenience to your life. Where could you take a short cut? Stop sorting the laundry this week and dump it all in one load on the cold cycle. Pick up some pre-made or frozen food items at the grocery store and take a rest from meal prep and cooking for a day or so.
Keep the Kids Busy
What activity or location are your kids absolutely nuts for? Could they play endlessly at the park? Do they love sandboxes, play doh, or painting? Sometimes it seems more stressful to get the kids ready and take them out of the house, or to set up a messy activity, so I don’t. But think of it this way – if they are engrossed in an activity they love, you might have a few quiet moments to yourself. Sure, you’re not alone at a spa, but a few moments to yourself on a park bench might be just what you need to re-charge.
“Calm down!” My three year old has started saying this to me when he notices I’m stressed to the max. I wonder where he heard it? 🙂 What calms you down? Yoga? Adult coloring books? Meditation? Listening to music? Whatever works for you, find a way to work it into your daily routine.
Ask for Help
Something all moms need to do more often – ask for help! Ask your mother, your spouse, your best friend, your neighbors, whoever! Even if it’s just to hold the baby while you run the vacuum for the first time in weeks, or play with your toddler so you can take that relaxing shower I mentioned above! Don’t for one second feel guilty or that you are a failure as a mother. We all need the help. A few minutes or a few hours could really help you feel some relief and turn things around.
If you came to this post feeling exhausted and at the end of your rope – big hugs to you mama! Please know that this is just a bad moment or a bad day. You have plenty of wonderful days ahead! Try some of the stress relievers above and hang in there!