Being a parent means caring about a tiny human (or humans) 24/7 without much thought for yourself. You can often fly through hours and days without taking your own time-out even though a mini-break can leave you refreshed and revitalized. Taking time for yourself will allow you to reset to better tackle the inevitable challenges that come with being a parent. Plus, you deserve it! Weren’t you the one who spent your Saturday morning cleaning a crayon wall mural? Yeah, we thought so. Take a few minutes or a few hours with these activities as inspiration and relax mom.
Have a Cup of Tea
Tea can reduce stress hormone levels and blood pressure. According to a study at City University London, it was confirmed that a cup of tea significantly reduces anxiety and can leave you calmer than before you put on a kettle or pot of boiling water. Not only does the tea itself contribute to this calming sensation but the ritual can help one feel grounded and connected to a comforting and soothing routine.
Run a Bath
There really isn’t anything much more luxurious than soaking in a bathtub full of lavender bubble bath with a ton of candles lit around you. Take that thought in for a second! You can even make your own aromatherapy bubble bath (OK we might be pushing it now) such as this one by One Good Thing by Jillee. Bring a book (and your cup of tea), dim the lights, play some relaxing music and reflect on the day.
Take up a Hobby
Maybe you could take up creating your own bubble bath line after all? 🙂 Put aside time for an activity that is solely your own and makes up a piece of your identity aside from your children. Oftentimes, we are so focused on our kids and their interests that we can forget what things make us happy or that we even enjoy as individuals. Go back to doing something you used to love or start a new hobby like jewelry making or dancing; the main thing is to do something just for you that you enjoy.
Take a Walk
Walking is not only great for your physical health but it is great for your emotional health. Tescoliving says, “Studies show that a brisk walk is just as effective as antidepressants in mild to moderate cases of depression, releasing feel-good endorphins while reducing stress and anxiety”. A solitary walk could be just what you need after a stressful day with the kids; it will allow you to collect your thoughts and recharge.
While it can sometimes be hard to take that time for yourself and oftentimes we can even feel guilty when we do, it is so important to have that “me time”. It will help you regenerate and make you a much better parent every time you allow yourself to rest. You truly do deserve it!