If you’re a mum to younger children, then the chances are that your life is fairly hectic and stressful. As kids get older, some of the stresses and strains of parenthood resolve themselves, making life a little easier. Obviously, there will be the stresses and worries that come with growing up, but unlike when they’re little they no longer require constant care.
Anyhow, if you’re a mum to little ones, the chances are that your life is high in stress, and you rarely take any time out for yourself. However, if you want to be the best parent that you can be, that needs to change. It makes no sense to exhaust yourself; you need to take time out for yourself to de-stress and unwind. When it comes to taking some time out for ourselves, a lot of us are hesitant to do so. However, it really is important to give your mind and body some time to relax and unwind.
With that in mind, you’re probably wondering what the best methods of relaxation are for busy mums. Below is a list of tips and ideas for relaxing and unwinding, give these a try, and I promise that you’ll feel calmer and more in control.
Start and end the day with yoga or Pilates
A great way to get the day off to a calm start is to wake up and spend 20-minutes practicing yoga or Pilates. Both of these forms of meditation-based exercise are a great way to start your day because they will give you time to clear your mind and relax your body. It’s also a good idea to take another 20-minutes out before going to bed to practice yoga or Pilates. This should help you to let go of any stress and should relax your mind and body so that you’re able to drift off to sleep more easily.
Have a relaxing bubble bath
To calm our children before bed, we run them a relaxing bubble bath, so why don’t we do the same for ourselves? Fill the tub with water, add some bubble bath or a few drops of lavender oil – lavender helps the body to relax and unwind. You could also dot some candles or flameless candles about, to help set the mood and make the room feel more relaxing. Or, if you don’t have candles – normal or flameless – you could use a string of fairy lights instead. You can pick up lots of flameless candle designs online from specialists like Radiance London, for instance – you can even get scented ones. To make your bath extra relaxing, don’t forget to pop on some calming and tranquil tunes.
Use nap time to rest and refuel
A lot of the time we use nap time to clean up the house or prepare the dinner, but we should be using it to rest and refuel, or at least part of it anyway. Aim to take at least 15-minutes out at nap time to sit down with a cup of tea and something to eat. Even by taking just a few minutes out, you should feel calmer and more relaxed.
As a mum, it’s far too easy to overwork yourself and not make any time to relax and unwind. However, it’s important that you take time out for yourself. Otherwise, you will end up overly stressed out and exhausted.