Mothers naturally want to take care of others. We tend to put everyone else and their needs ahead of our own. The one big problem is that can quickly lead to burnout and pent up stress.
Living up to supermom status is stressing out mothers across the country. We’re so busy juggling everything, there’s no time to slow down and take a few moments for ourselves. But completely putting your needs aside could be making things much worse.
The Benefits of Me Time
Being the best mom you can be means being in the best physical, mental and emotional shape possible. Me time isn’t a self-indulgent luxury. It’s a necessity.
Studies are now telling us things that experts in the spa industry have always known. R&R is good for our health. The aestheticians at AOB Med Spa in Denver note that they see many of their mom clients transform in the matter of an hour. Busy moms come in for their AOB Med Spa services totally frazzled and on edge, but by the time they leave they are visibly more relaxed and in a better mental state.
Your brain and body need downtime. When there are tons of distractions fighting for your attention, concentration isn’t possible, and exhaustion is a given. Quiet moments of solitude help clear the mind and replenish energy when you’re running on fumes. We all need quiet time to ourselves to contemplate important decisions and understand who we really are. By doing so, we’ll improve our relationships with others as well as the decisions we make.
Getting stress in check is possibly the most important thing you can do for your health. Women are more likely to feel the physical symptoms of stress, but there are other reactions going on inside that could be much more detrimental. The stress hormones that are released can wreak havoc on your circulatory system and brain while increasing inflammation throughout the entire body.
The need for relaxing me time isn’t an issue faced by just full-time working moms. Full-time moms are often the least affected by stress. A University of Akron study from a few years ago found that part-time and stay at home moms weren’t as physically and mentally healthy as moms that work full-time.
No matter what your work situation is, experts agree that moms should make time for themselves.
Simple Ways to Pamper Yourself Mind, Body, and Soul
It’s time to get serious about taking care of yourself so you can take care of your family. Make the commitment by penciling the activities below into your weekly calendar.
Draw an Epic Bath
If you only have a half hour you can always relax at home with a luxurious bath. Add a creamy milk or foamer, light a few scented candles, pour a glass of wine and get lost in music or a good book. This is something I do regularly when it’s cold out. During the frigid winters, a warm bath can make it easier to handle the added stress of layering up and shoveling snow.
Pick Up a Good Book
Speaking of literature, according to the University of Sussex the quickest way to unwind is with reading material. In a matter of minutes study participants lowered their stress levels by 68% by simply reading.
Get a Makeover
We’ve all seen the makeover shows and how changing up your look can make a dramatic impact on a person’s disposition. It may seem frivolous, but how we feel in our own skin is extremely important. It can affect our mood, happiness and even job performance. When moms are comfortable and confident in themselves, they also set a good example for their kids.
Take a Walk Outdoors
We moms in the Denver area are super lucky that there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Walks out in nature have been shown to instantly relax people and can even lower depression levels.
Have a Mom Brunch
Get together with your fellow moms for a ladies brunch without the kids. Having a support system that understands what you are going through is important for your emotional and mental health.
Just five minutes of meditation in the morning can set the stage for a more productive, less stressful day. During your meditation focus on your breathing with long, deep breathes.
Take a 20-Minute Nap
It turns out the concept of power napping is real and backed by science. Neuroscientists have discovered that a 20-minute nap is one of the quickest ways to recharge our brains and overcome nighttime sleep deficits.