Being a mom can sometimes feel like the hardest job in the world. It's not just taking care of your kids, but everything else that goes along with it - managing your household budget, keeping up with food shopping and cooking, doing household chores, laundry, exercise... The list goes on. It's no wonder so many moms are burnt out these days!
This post is all about how to take care of yourself when you're feeling frazzled and exhausted. We'll go over some quick tips for making life easier both at home and in public spaces.
Moms are notoriously overworked, yet we tend to keep harping on how much "we" (meaning other moms?) need to rest, so that's exactly what we're going to do.
5 Simple Tips for Relaxing and Recharging
1. Go for a drive alone on a Sunday or on holidays Momma: Let's face it. Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and have some time to yourself. The best way to do this is by going on a drive solo - away from the kids, your husband, pets, and household chores.
You'll be able to focus on yourself and recharge instead of fretting over what needs to get done - especially if you're in a bind with work or life in general. Having some time alone can de-stress you out and help you relax so that weeknights are easier.
2. Go to bed early and leave the dishes for the next day: No one likes to leave the dishes for cleaning later on, especially when you're a mom. Do this and you'll really start to feel at ease.
There are just not enough hours in the day to get it all done most days. And you know what? That is okay. Sometimes, the housework needs to take a back seat and sleep needs to win. Sleep has MASSIVE impacts on our physical, mental, and emotional health. There is a reason why sleep deprivation is a form of torture; it’s awful! So, if you find that you need rest, do it. The dishes, the laundry, and even the shower can wait.
3. Give yourself consent to say “No” to your friends and family: If your friends and family ask you to do something, even if it sounds like such a small thing, let them know that it's not okay with you. You have to take care of yourself first. No one will feel guilty if they know you're giving yourself the time to rest.
A good way to communicate this is through your body language; for example, taking a deep breath and sighing loudly when someone asks you to do something may help others realize how much you need alone time so that they won’t try pressuring you into doing things later on. Not everything needs to be done by us moms - not everything should be done by anybody! Give yourself some space and respect from others.
4. Unfollow people who make you unhappy on social media: Some people can be highly toxic, whether they mean to or not. Unfollowing them can be a great way to de-stress and clear your mind.
More often than not, you never end up using even all those apps on your social media accounts; they’re just there taking up space, lurking in the background. It's so good to get back some peace of mind by lowering the amount of apps - and people - you have bogging you down. Rather follow people who make you happy!
5. Find counseling that works for you online: If you're feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or suffering from depression, online counseling will help you. It’s better than ignoring it. Sometimes moms can feel that they are trapped in their situation and cannot get out of it, leading to depression and anxiety. Online counseling is a lot easier to find other than IRL in person counseling.
At Mano Shala we have experts round the clock at your service. We have experts who can help you immensely whether you need to deal with something as big as depression or anything as small as work stress. You can also schedule sessions in advance as per your availability and convenience.
Let's face it, for women there is no such thing as having everything under control. But that doesn't mean we can't still be the best version of ourselves and treat ourselves with the respect that we deserve. Being a mom is not just about taking care of kids and household chores - it's about taking care of yourself as well.