Being a mom is one of the most stressful jobs out there. Unlike a normal job, where you work during the day and then come back to relax, parenting is a twenty-four-seven responsibility. While infinitely rewarding, motherhood is hard, tiring, and overwhelming. That’s why it’s so important for moms to take time out of their days to focus on themselves.
However, it’s hard for parents to find the time to leave the house for self-care. Mothers often feel guilty leaving their kids to go out, even though they deserve it. Additionally, going out to pamper yourself can be expensive, especially if you go to a nice spa.
With that in mind, here are some ideas you can use to relax and de-stress at home.
Take a bath
Taking a long, hot bath is a great way to let off some steam. A good bath can soothe aching muscles and clear your head. Additionally, try adding Epsom salts or bath bombs to your bath to make the experience extra special. While the scientific evidence is murky, many claims that Epsom salts softens skin, reduces pain, and alleviates stress. On the other hand, bath bombs are known to add emollients and softeners to the water to help moisturize your skin.
Keep a journal
Journaling is a great way to channel your thoughts and release any anxieties or stresses in your life. Taking the time to organize your mind is beneficial to your mental health. You can also try keeping a gratitude journal; studies show that putting your gratitude down on the page can improve mental health. Concentrate on the best aspects of your life and lean into that positive emotion.
Treat yourself to your favorite drink
Take the time to savor your favorite drink. Whether it’s a mug of herbal tea or a glass of nice adult beverage, let yourself enjoy your drink slowly and alone. Even a small break like this can be an effective form of self-care.
Light some candles
Aromatherapy is a great way to relax. Since scents are intimately connected to memory, try to pick a scent that reminds you of something happy. As you choose a candle, make sure to pick one that is made with healthy ingredients and dyes. When you’re stressed, light the candle and focus on better times as you try to you unwind.
Exercising is so important for your health and happiness. Working out channels and frees your negative energy, and releases endorphins that boosts your mood. Since getting to the gym can be expensive and time-consuming, consider working out at home. Investing in home exercise equipment or doing workouts on the T.V is a great way to start. You don’t have to buy anything too expensive; you could start with a yoga mat and weights, for example.
Go for a walk
Even if you just walk around the neighborhood, stretching your legs can help you unwind. A long walk gives you a chance to breathe and relax, letting you return home with renewed energy and clarity. Walking also brings you a wide range of health benefits, from reducing joint pain to combating sugar cravings. A quick walk is good for both your physical and mental health.
Listen to an audiobook
Buy yourself an audiobook that you can listen to when you need a break. Focusing on a fictional story or an interesting nonfiction audiobook can take your thoughts off stress and tiredness. Let your mind drift into the story and away from your cares.
Give yourself a manicure
Having neat, pretty nails is a small thing, but it can really boost your mood. However, getting a manicure can be expensive and will cost you invaluable time. Invest in a few nice bottles of nail polish that you can use at home to pamper yourself. Taking some time out of your day to slowing paint your nails can give you those few moments relaxation that you need.
Meditation has huge scientific benefits. It’s known to reduce depression and anxiety, helping you promote your mental health. It also boosts attention and concentration, allowing you to return to life refreshed. Although meditation might seem difficult, it can be whatever you make of it. Approach it on your own terms and see how it benefits you.
Take a nap
Sometimes after a long day, what you need most is rest. Give yourself the gift of a long nap without the guilt. You might feel guilty about time lost sleeping, but remember that without proper rest you will be ineffective at the rest of your responsibilities. To take care of others, you must first take care of yourself.
You can care for yourself through lots of little actions like these. Figure out what helps you unwind and what boosts your mood, and lean into those habits. Remember, moms work insanely hard hours and deserve to take some time for themselves.