Do you find it hard to de-stress? Being a mom is challenging enough, but add in those extra responsibilities and motherhood is, even more, taxing these days. Whether this means working a full-time job or keeping everything in the household running smoothly, moms are more burnt out than ever. It does get better, but in the meantime, let us share some tips that will help you de-stress.
1. Schedule Time for Yourself
You have a schedule for your children’s daily activities, but in the midst of all of that scheduling, your time seems to get lost day-to-day. Sound familiar? Sometimes the only way to make time for yourself is to pencil it in on the calendar. At least once a week, plan some time to wind down. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Make time for a short yoga class or workout once a week.
- Light a candle, and have a nice relaxing bath.
- Make time to join a local community group.
You had a life full of hobbies and interests before kids – and it doesn’t have to fall completely by the wayside. You may just need to come to terms with a reduced time commitment for these activities, and make sure you take a personal time-out once in a while.
2. Ask for Help
Any parent knows it’s hard to have a conversation or accomplish much of anything with a child pulling on your pant leg or constantly interrupting your train of thought. That’s why it is so important to ask your loved ones for support and let them know what you need. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – likely enough, your friends and family have already been there and are willing to help you out.
- Take advantage when your friends offer to help watch your child or make dinner.
- Communicate with your partner and give each other a night off from kids.
- When help is offered, accept it.
Being a mom is even harder if you don’t have a partner to help. In this case, make sure that you ask family and neighbors to pitch in. It takes a village to raise a child.
3. Go on a Holiday
Don’t worry, you don’t have to go far! Make sure that you take time off from the world’s most important job, as needed. It could be a staycation, or an adventure further afield depending on your comfort level. Either way, you need to get away once in a while. Never underestimate the power of new surroundings!
- Go on a weekend trip with your girlfriends.
- Plan a holiday alone to a place you have never been.
- Visit your nearest big city and check into a local hotel for a night – or two!
Once you return, you will be refreshed and relaxed. Your family will thank you for taking care of yourself.
It’s hard to imagine your life without children and all the responsibilities that go with having a family. Although you might have to come to terms with real life responsibilities, make some time for your own hobbies and personal interests. When things get tough, ask for help. Don’t forget to get away once in a while, and you will be de-stressed in no time!
Carolyn Clarke is a freelance writer from Omaha, Nebraska. She’s been published across many digital platforms for her expertise in party planning and DIY, as well as working with clients such as Jewelry Candles. When she isn’t working on DIY projects with her two daughters, she’s volunteering at her local pet shelter.