Families are busier than ever these days. Statistics confirm it. If you’re a mom, odds are good you don’t have a lot of free time to focus on your needs. Maybe you’re trying to figure out things like how to get kids to eat vegetables without a fight, get everyone to their activities on time, and finish your own work. No matter what you’re trying to balance, chances are good that there’s a lot going on.
That’s understandable. With so much to do, neglecting yourself is easy.
That doesn’t mean you should. Self-care is still important. After all, you can’t expect to take care of your loved ones if you don’t take care of yourself. You’re actually doing the important people in your life a favor by taking a break every now and then. The following ideas will help even the busiest of moms fit those breaks into their schedule.
Plan Regular Social Activities
Maintaining an active social life is difficult for any busy mom. However, you need to make a point of spending time with family and friends consistently. Socializing has been proven to reduce stress, after all, and it’s important to spend time with those you care about.
You just need to schedule social activities ahead of time. As a mom, it’s difficult to see your friends and relatives because their lives may also be very busy. If you set monthly date nights and get-togethers, you can develop a schedule that works for everyone, making it far easier to get out of the house when you need to.
Don’t Let Sleep Fall by the Wayside
Getting enough sleep is crucial for everyone. You might feel like you’re doing more for your family (or employer, or friends, etc.) by skipping a few hours of rest to complete a task, but in the long run, you’re actually going to be a lot less productive as a result. Make a point of always getting a full eight hours. If you can’t on some days, at least make up for the difference on the weekend.
Working out has also been shown to reduce stress. That’s merely one of the many benefits you’ll enjoy when you prioritize staying fit.
True, finding time to visit a fitness center can be tough for a busy mom, but that’s not your only option. While you should try to work out at a gym with friends if you can (you’ll be socializing as well, killing two birds with one stone), if that’s not possible, there are plenty of home workout videos you can follow along with online.
Being a mom isn’t exactly easy. You do a lot for the people in your life. No one can argue you don’t deserve a reward.
Every month, do something nice just for yourself. That might involve getting a massage, going on a small shopping spree, or even just taking yourself out for a nice meal. Be sure to get some alone time; you’ve earned it.
Exercise Your Brain
Keeping your mind healthy is essential to keeping stress at bay. Make sure you’re always learning in some capacity, whether that means reading a new book every month, learning a new skill, or engaging in tasks that require mental effort.