Being both a career woman and a mother can be stressful. Even working as a full-time homemaker can be draining. Getting the full balance between family life and a daily work load is not easy. It seems like it’s harder than ever for modern moms to find time to relax. Sure, we’ll have a lie-in on the weekends or take a long bath once-in-a-while, but daily relaxation can seem like an impossible dream. Here is a list of six relaxation techniques every mom should be using in their daily life.
Sitting down and trying not to think about anything may sound impossible, especially to mothers. But it turns out that if you add five minutes of guided meditation, it can assist with the clearing your mind, helping you stay positive, and you will feel more relaxed. If meditation becomes a regular part of your schedule, you will notice that your focus will be increased, and you will feel better equipped for any day.
Everyone knows that once they add exercise to their schedule, it will help with an overall healthy lifestyle, but you will need commitment. It’s not easy, especially for mothers to find time for a morning jog, afternoon yoga session, or a little weight lifting time. To make it easy, try to find or buy your own home equipment, so there’s no excuse not to skip. Even 15 minutes of working out will help you feel in-control, focused, and more relaxed.
Take a Hot Bath
While the kids are taking naps is the best time to take a hot bath. Even if it’s once a week, it will help a lot with relaxation and self-care. It ensures you get some alone time and can help you feel more positive and peaceful. The hot water will help with the relaxation of the muscles and release tension from the body.
Talk to Other Moms
One thing that will always cause added stress and anxiety is feeling lonely. Any mom can attest, having someone to talk to and who has the same experiences as you, helps a lot. Arrange a weekly playdate with local moms or join a book club for a little time away with moms who can support you.
Once someone becomes a mother, sleep becomes a precious commodity. Having less sleep means you’ll be less focused, more exhausted, and add extra stress to your life. Be sure your mattress is helping you to sleep, and not causing extra issues for you or your partner. Get a pillow that can help align your spine and relieve neck and shoulder tension, or perhaps lower the temperature at night to see if you get a more comfortable sleep. Try to go to bed as early as your own kids and make an effort to get a good amount of sleep each night. A regular schedule is key, and don’t forget the power of a nap!
Pay full attention to the things that are needed in your home and family, and what you can control. Planning will help in not forgetting anything and will ensure that everything is solved. One thing that’s helpful in preparation is the calendar schedules.
Rather than just choosing one technique, it’s a good idea to sample a few so you are aware of what works best for you. Try to practice the relaxation techniques 20 minutes a day, but even few minutes will still be helpful.