Stress and motherhood tend to go hand-in-hand. If you’re not a stressed-out mom, you’re basically a unicorn! Here’s a few ways you can relax and reduce your stress levels, even when you’re in the middle of a crazy parenting day.
1. Take a Break for Yourself
This one can be super hard when you have a ton to do for other people. You may need to entertain the kids, make dinner for your husband, and prepare a big presentation for work – but right now is the time to not do any of those things. Instead, take a break and do something for you. Maybe that’s reading a book, or maybe it’s writing in your journal, or maybe it’s taking a relaxing bath. But whatever it is, make sure it doesn’t involve anyone else but yourself.
Meditating can be uncomfortable if you’re starting out. Try taking just five or ten minutes to clear your mind and focus on your breath (in through your nose, out through your mouth). Let go of your stressors, worries, and responsibilities. Avoid any distractions, like loud children – the best time to meditate might be during nap time!
3. Work Out
You don’t necessarily need to go for a sprint or an intense barre workout, but you should definitely make sure you’re moving your body every day. Go for a walk, do some yoga, or try out an exercise class at your local gym or community center. Even if you can’t get away from the kids, there are some yoga routines you can do with your little ones so that you can bond with them while exercising!
4. Treat Yourself
We’re not advocating for an ice cream break, but… Sometimes, the best way to take a break is to give yourself an indulgent treat. When things get particularly rough, treat yourself to a sweet dessert or a new dress. It shouldn’t become an everyday occasion, but it is a good way to reward yourself for juggling an unusual amount of responsibilities. Show yourself some love and treat yourself to a nice date!
5. Talk It Out
Some stressors should not be dealt with on your own. Call up a friend, a family member, or even talk to a therapist to vent all of the feelings you’re going through. This can help lower your stress levels and make your responsibilities feel more manageable. Plus, you can get some great outside advice on how to handle your situation!
These five methods might not be the only ways to manage your stress, but they are a good place to start. Being a mother is no easy feat (that’s the understatement of the decade!) but that doesn’t mean you should be a ball of stress all the time. Try out a couple of these de-stressing methods and let us know which ones work best for you! What relaxation techniques do you use? Let us know and subscribe to our email list for more advice and content like this!