10 Ways to De-Stress
Because as we all know, Mama needs some attention too!
While being a mom is the most rewarding job I’ve ever had, it’s also the most stressful. I’ve worked for some tough critics, but I’ve never felt like I’ve been more judged than in my role as Mom.
Between the mommy wars, unwanted advice, trying to keep a (semi) clean home, running errands and scheduling playdates, all while trying to raise our children to be decent human beings — it’s no wonder the majority of us are stressed to the max and have unwelcome gray hairs appearing (that’s not just me, right?).
So here’s a few ways for you to relax and unwind and take some time for Mom.
10.) Be still.
As moms, there is so much pressure on us to do it all. We often find ourselves multitasking in order to achieve some level of perfection. We cook dinner and try to entertain a hungry toddler. Vacuuming and baby wearing. Studying for school while helping our child with homework. I’m actually typing this while breastfeeding my two month old. We need to take some time to just be still. There’s no problem with putting the kids to bed and then zoning out with some Netflix instead of folding that pile of laundry. Or heck, just going to bed yourself and getting a somewhat decent night of sleep. It’s in those moments of stillness that I take for myself that I feel truly relaxed.
9.) Take a bubble bath.
Seriously, put your partner in charge, lock the bathroom door and take a bath. With wine, without wine, while watching Netflix or enjoying the silence. There’s something about sitting in the warm water that just makes all the stress melt away. Looking for an awesome bath bomb? Check out Lush at MacArthur Mall. My girlfriends and I enjoy browsing the immense selection of bath bombs and soaps!
8.) Get outdoors and go for a walk.
The fresh air and sunshine are instant pick me up anytime I feel overwhelmed. The bonus of going for a walk? You can bring your kids along! Check out our local Hike It Baby chapter and join these lovely moms and dads for a walk with your littles. The hikes go at all paces and meet all over Hampton Roads.
7.) Unclutter your life.
I don’t know about you, but there’s something stressful about opening my inbox in the morning to a ton of junk mail. And sometimes, an important e-mail can get lost in the spam. Luckily, there’s a program that can get rid of all your junk e-mail for you! Check out Unenroll.Me, a free service that cleans out your inbox.
What better way to take out some frustration than to go out and pound the pavement during a run? Blast that music and work it, girl! Or the moment the kids go down for a nap or bedtime, take a few minutes for you and do a workout. It’s amazing how much better just a few minutes of exercise can make you feel. As they say in Legally Blonde, “Exercising releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy!”
5.) Moms Night Out
Grab your girlfriends, leave the dads in charge and go enjoy an evening at any of our fabulous local restaurants in Hampton Roads. Be it a martini at Amicis in Suffolk or an Orange Crush at Chix, there is no better way to blow off steam than drinks with your girlfriends!
4.) Read a book before bed.
Put down your phone 15 minutes before bed and read that book you’ve been meaning to get to! Bedtime is pretty much the only time I’m guaranteed to be left alone by husband and children long enough to dive into my favorite piece of literature. So take advantage of the silence and get in a chapter or two before nodding off yourself.
3.) Go walk through Target alone.
Or Costco. Or the mall. Whatever tickles your fancy. The point is, tag in Dad, grab a coffee from Starbucks and go wander the huge aisles of Target without having to be nagged about stopping by the toy aisle or rushed through because you need to get home before nap time.
2.) Check out your favorite Mom blog!
Log into HRVAMoms.com and have a laugh at our latest video and know you aren’t alone in this stressful (yet oh so rewarding!) journey.
1.) If all else fails, lock yourself in the pantry with a bottle of wine and those chocolate chips you were going to bake cookies with.
I’m not at all speaking from personal experience.
What are some things you do to help beat stress at its ugly game? Share with us in the comments section!