It has been quite the year for all of us but the moms in our lives deserve the best this year. Many moms have taken on the extra duties of working from home while helping navigate remote learning, helping to keep the family entertained when many entertainment options were not available and let’s be honest, everyday should be a celebration of everything the Moms in our lives do!!
It is so important for everyone to practice self-care, even when you just don’t have the time. Check out these tips to help connect and release stress to help you or a mom in your life to work on self care!
Focus on mental health:
There are many Guided Meditation Apps for a quick 15 minutes of quiet time to focus inward. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in taking care of everyone else we forget, we need to put the oxygen mask on first and then help everyone. Spend time to connect with your inner self and create a relationship with yourself!
The world moves so quickly and you will always need to be connected to your friends and family, but take time to unplug and be present. Take the first hour of your day to connect with yourself and your family. Henry Ward Beecher described it as “The first hour is the rudder of the day.” Start your day out focusing on what is present in your life and appreciate the small moments.
That hour that you unplug in the morning? Try to journal! Write down all the amazing things your child is learning and all the firsts! There are many emotional benefits to journaling from helping balance emotions to seeing other sides of disagreements and can even help you problem solve more effectively! If you need some inspiration, try to find a gratitude journal to start your journaling practice in.
You don’t need to run a marathon to feel the benefits of exercise. Not only is exercise good for your body, it is good for your mind! During nap time, try a few yoga poses or low impact workout. Exercises increases your sense of well-being and can help decrease stress and anxiety! Now that the weather is warming up, if you can get some time try to go for a walk in sun and increase your serotonin to help boost your mood!
Reach out to an old friend:
The pandemic has made us all feel isolated, don’t forget that you aren’t alone in your mommy burnout!! Connecting to others and with others can help build a community that can create support and a shoulder to lean on when you need it!
Self-Care is as important as eating and sleeping. It might feel selfish to request time to care about your mental health, but you and your family will benefit from these mini self-care ideas! Being overwhelmed, stressed, and tired is a normal reaction and you are not alone. Take this next month and follow a routine with self-care to treat yourself!