Need to Destress and Unwind?
You’re not alone!
Modern moms are insanely busy these days.
Driving kids to and from school…
Working outside the home…
Working inside the home…
Trying to cook fresh, healthy meals…
Trying to get our kids to extracurricular activities on time…
And so the list goes on!
There are days when I feel like I’m drowning underneath the responsibility of motherhood and just…well…”adulting.” ;0)
On those extra difficult days, I need pick-me-ups.
Little tricks to help me unwind…
So I can still smile about motherhood and the sink that’s full of dishes…again.
But my de-stressors have to be super simple.
And because I’m a busy mom, they can’t require that I do on a weekend solo vacation.
Because I just need a tiny break.
And then I want to get right back to the thick of motherhood.
Back to answering the questions about why the grass smells so fresh after daddy cut it…
And why there are marshmallows in every cup of hot chocolate I make.
And why we can’t just buy everything we possibly want…ha!
Because the good, bad and ugly of motherhood is what makes it so incredibly inspirational.
But even a mom who loves marriage and motherhood needs to de-stress and regroup!
So here’s a peek inside my mommy toolbox.
A.k.a my secret stash of ways to quickly unwind and de-stress.
I hope they’re a help for your busy mom’s journey too!
Psst! If you have any amazing ideas to add, I’d love to hear them! Come share them with me and other moms in the All Things Mommy Group on Facebook! See you there!
10 Ways for Moms to De-stress and Unwind
Pull (or put) up your hair.
Normally I wear my hair down.
I wear it straight, curled or in a headband, but it’s almost always down.
Putting my hair up in a twistie, big claw clip or anything to get it off my shoulders (for some weird reason) puts me in the “let’s get moving” mindset and seems to lift a few extra burdens off my soul…and shoulders…ha!
See if it works for you!
Grab a quick shower.
Just a 2–3 minute shower really refreshes and motivates me to get moving again.
Yes, a nice long soak in a bathtub is much more powerful, but if you only have a few minutes a quick, hot shower is great for a quick de-stressor!
I feel like I just grabbed a fresh start after a quick shower, and yes, I actually change my clothes too — but I don’t bother ironing unless absolutely necessary!
Take a power nap.
You have to set a timer or alarm clock for this one, or you could accidentally “over” snooze!
Let your body rejuvenate for 10–15 minutes.
Even if you don’t fall asleep, just enjoy quiet rest for a few, refreshing minutes.
What do you do with your young kids?
Plan your power nap during their naps.
Sometimes I let my kids watch a cartoon for ten or fifteen minutes on the tablet and I rest in the same room.
Enjoy some coffee or hot tea.
Not sure if these work for you, but for me, these are awesome motivators!
A good cup of coffee or tea sends signals of happiness to my brain.
Coffee gives me more energy and tea calms me down, but a good cup of tea (Chai is my fave) still makes me feel refreshed so I face my responsibilities stress-free.
Freshen up hair and face.
I know some of you don’t wear make-up, and that is fine with me, but one of my secrets for getting motivated is putting on my make-up and styling my hair.
It helps me unwind because I’m still doing something, but I’m doing something that’s not stressful and just seeing a perkier face in the mirror helps me unwind and relax!
Is that totally weird? ;0)
Redecorate your house.
No, you don’t have to run out to the store and buy something new. Just work with what you have.
Rearrange furniture, switch out drapes, pull out some silk flowers or cute frames and change things up a bit.
Just a little bit here or there will help you desire to make your home a happy, clean and beautiful place!
And when your home is a little bit fresher, then you’ll immediately feel a few pounds of stress melt off.
Turn on some favorite tunes.
I like to listen to some soft, calming music.
Or, this may be completely eccentric, but I turn on a crackling fireplace on YOutube, turn off the lights and listen to the fake fire for a few minutes.
And that truly, ever-so-weirdly, helps me completely unwind.
Watch a few, funny Facebook videos.
Laughter is one of the best, free, anti-depressants on the market!
Watch a few clips of something that always makes you laugh!
Get a few giggles in and those ten minutes of great big, belly laughs may be exactly what you need to help you unwind and enjoy the rest of your day!
Do a ten-minute workout.
You can find lots of quick workouts on YouTube!
I recommend PopSugar Fitness or Love Sweat Fitness to find some quick ones!
Exercise is proven to make you happier than wealth! So yes, it can definitely help you unwind, de-stress and find a reason so smile about the rest of your day. :)
Wow, I’m so guilty of not getting out more!
But getting outside for 15 minutes can help you unwind!
Just walk around your yard, check the mailbox, wave at a neighbor, water the flowers…
Just a few minutes outside will help you get your much-needed vitamin d3 and help you realize there’s a much bigger world out there than your pile of laundry, the dirty dishes and the homework your kids are nagging you to help with.
Being outside helps put life back in perspective.
No wonder my grandmother was outside most of her day. Yeah, she was kind of a genius.
What Do You Do To Unwind and Destress?
I’d love to learn more ideas from a busy mom like you!
We all have something to share with each other!
Now go unwind! <3