With my new arrive I reached out to my blogging community to help me stay sane and keep amazing content coming your way. I have some amazing guest posts coming your way and today we are starting with Lucy from Oh That’s Momsense
I met Lucy on Instagram, which is pretty much how I have met all my little blogging tribe. First thing first, SHE IS AMAZING! Did you know she made her own wedding dress? Seriously I’m not even joking, she also works full time, is an amazing mom, great a crafts and DIY projects, and her food posts always make me jealous. Okay now what you’re really here for, Lucy is talking all about relaxation tips for stressed out moms.
If you’ve stumbled upon this blog post you are either a) slightly overwhelmed with life and motherhood, b) getting ready to pull your hair out, or c) lying on the bathroom floor in fetal position, crying and not wanting to adult today. I’m here to tell you that everything is gonna be alright, mama. Just breathe with me. One, two, three… Breathe in… Breathe out… Better? Good! Now, let’s not dwell on the fact that the baby is refusing to take a nap today, your toddler’s horrid attitude leaves you wondering where you went wrong as a parent, or maybe your curious kiddo found a Sharpie and wrote all over the walls, got into your tampon stash, tore up all the toilet paper from the roll and then scattered it all over the house. (It’s okay, mom. Remember the breathing exercise above?) Maybe you haven’t had a chance to make dinner or shower yet while you try so hard to calm a teething baby… Motherhood is so wonderful and rewarding but it can also be the most difficult job you’ve ever had. A full day with your tiny tantrum throwing monster human being can sometimes feel like an eternity! You watch the clock, counting down the hours to bedtime. We’ve all been there. Let’s just set all that aside for a moment and look into a few ways we can squeeze in some relaxation time and relieve some stress.
- Take a Bath
Before going to bed fill up the tub with bubbles, (steal some of your toddler’s Sponge Bob bubble bath if you have to), dim the lights, light a candle, close your eyes and just sit and wash away the stress from the day. Do this when you know you will have about 30 minutes of uninterrupted time to yourself. Lock the bathroom door if you have to!
- Get some fresh air
Break up the monotony of being cooped up in the house all day by heading outdoors. One of the ways I like to spend my time getting some fresh air is at the park. Sit on the grass or at a picnic table and clear your mind while you watch your kids play in the playground. Another way to get some fresh air is to go out for a drive. Turn on some music and sing your heart out. Let your hair down, roll down the windows and sing as loud as you can! Give your car neighbors the show of their lives as you rock out in car karaoke, invisible microphone and all.
- Retail therapy
How many times have you gone to the Target dollar spot to shop for dollar goodies for your kiddo? Many times, right? Now how many times have you gone to the mall alone to buy something nice for yourself? Can’t remember? Yeah, I can’t remember either. Treat yourself to something nice if you’ve been feeling a little stressed. You deserve it, mama!
- Call a friend
Call up a friend who is willing to listen to you vent. Vent your life away. It really helps to blow off some steam instead of bottling it all up inside. Go out for some coffee with a fellow stressed out mom to exchange parenting stories and then laugh about it. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine!
After putting the little one down for a nap, it can be very tempting to run around the house and try to get stuff done. But don’t. Nap while your baby naps. Rest your sleepy head, my friend. Even a quick 30-minute power nap can greatly improve your mood.
- Go to bed early
One of the things I love doing is going to bed early. When my baby sleeps, I go to bed at the same time, which is between 8 and 9pm. Some moms like to get stuff done after the kids have gone off to bed and that’s fine too. If you feel like the laundry can wait or you’re stressing out too much to focus on doing anything else, worry about your laundry list later on to catch up on some much needed Z’s.
- Stay hydrated
I know the magic liquid for most mamas is coffee but seriously, water (although plain and boring it may seem) really is the best thing for you. There is nothing wrong with having a cup of joe every morning but be sure to drink up your daily dose of H20. Drink half your body weight in ounces and you will feel less sluggish, hydrated and healthy. Water is also necessary for great skin and can aid with weight loss by helping you stay full and replacing high calorie drinks.
Release some stress by going for a walk, jog or run around the block. You could even load up the babies in a stroller and take them with you. Maybe the great outdoors isn’t your style? Put together an IPod playlist and hit the gym. Burn off some stress by running on the treadmill or lifting some baby weights. Burn, baby, burn!
Is there anything else you can do to help relieve the stress from everyday parenting? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just remember one thing: This too shall pass.