5 Ways for Moms to Unwind


Do you sometimes feel like the days are so hectic, that they are starting to blend together? When you have kids, (especially small children) you likely find yourself doing everything for them—from feeding, to bathing, to carpooling and more. No matter what you do, it may seem like it’s never enough.

You also may notice that it’s increasingly difficult to find time for yourself. Whether you are a mom to a newborn or a mom of three, stress can easily build up. Are you looking for some tips to relax and finally have some time to yourself? Here are 5 ways for moms to unwind…

1.    Take 5 minutes to yourself and breathe deeply — 
You may be thinking, where are you going to find five minutes alone? Shut the closet door or go into your bathroom if you have to. Close your eyes and breathe in as you count to 5. Then breathe out 5 counts. Do this slowly 5 times. This simple act will help you remove yourself from the chaos for a moment and reset. Guided meditations are also helpful to listen to; Headspace is a great option (with a trial version that you can download for free, or a full version that you can purchase).

2.    Remember to laugh — 
Whether it's watching your favorite movie, or joining your kids in a fun and silly activity, laughter is a wonderful way to de-stress. Even just making yourself smile will help you feel better.

3.    Enjoy something special that is just for you — 
It doesn't have to be a day at the spa (although you deserve that too!), but even something small, like getting your favorite coffee drink from Starbucks.  A little treat for yourself can feel like a small luxury. Make it part of your routine and enjoy something just for yourself

4.    Have support —
The saying “It takes a village” is so true when it comes to raising a family. It’s important to have connections, whether it is extended family, friends, or new mom friends who are going through a similar life stage. Those connections are a crucial piece of keeping you grounded. It’s okay to reach out to someone when you are feeling overwhelmed.

5.    Get some fresh air — 
Even spending a few minutes outside can help you reset. If you have a baby, put your child in the stroller and go for a walk. Changing your environment is a great way to shift your focus. It can also be a healthy distraction, especially if you feel like you need a break from your thoughts.

These are just a few ways for moms (or anyone who needs a few moments to recharge) to de-stress throughout the day. Self-care is essential to your mental health. Plus, everyone could benefit from some relaxation time! On Mother’s Day (or any day, really), practice self-care and unwind—you deserve it!