To the momma who’s burning the candle at both ends, and barely has a moment to even take a five-minute bathroom break (alone) each day, we’re looking at you. We see the struggle, we see the exhaustion, and we know just how stressful mom life can be. This is especially true when you simply don’t have time for self-care. But, here’s the thing momma, that has to change. In order to take care of others (including those beautiful tiny humans you created), you must, and we mean (absolutely must) take care of yourself. It’s time to make yourself a priority even if it just means twenty minutes of stress reduction per day. If you’re tired of feeling completely stressed, and constantly feel like your nerves are shot, then read on. We’ll share ways in which you can actually reduce stress.
Ready to kick your stress levels curbside? We are going to share five realistic ways mommas can reduce their stress daily (even the busiest moms can fit these tips in) without having to commit tons of your precious time.
5 Ways Busy Moms can Slash Their Stress Daily
#1 Drink Your Morning Coffee in Peace & Quiet
Shhh, do you hear that? Imagine the sound of peace and quiet as you sit down and enjoy your morning cup of Joe before the rest of the house gets up. Doesn’t that sound amazing? What better way to start your morning than by waking up just ten minutes before the rest of the house. You can enjoy that coffee (while it’s actually hot) and write down your intentions and goals for the day? This is such a great way to set the tone for a more relaxed and lower stress day. So, give yourself those few minutes first thing in the AM to just get your thoughts together. And while you’re at it, and get that much-needed cup of coffee before the chaos of the day begins.
#2 Make an Adult Bedtime Routine
Hey momma, guess what? Bedtime routines aren’t just for the kids, in fact, this form of stress reduction for all the busy moms out there can be a great way to get a more restful night’s sleep each night. If you find it difficult to unwind at the end of the day, try being strict about what you do in the evening hours. Be very intentional about how you relax before bed. Try a lavender Epsom salt bath, a few minutes of meditation, diffusing lavender essential oil, doing some gentle yoga, or curl up with a good book and a cup of chamomile tea. Do whatever helps you feel less stressed, and make it a habit and part of your nightly routine. You will wake up feeling recharged and ready to take on the day feeling just a tad less stressed.
#3 Exercise for 20-minutes Per Day
Yup, that’s all we’re asking. Twenty minutes per day is all you need to get the body moving, the blood pumping, and the endorphins flowing. Here at FitOn, we’re all about a hefty dose of daily self-care. This is why we offer virtual fitness classes run by world-class trainers that you can take in the comfort of your own home any time of the day. So, pull out your Pilates mat and join Cassey Ho for a kick-butt Pilates class during nap time. When your kiddos get up, you will feel energized, have more patience, and ready to take on whatever else comes your way for the rest of the day.
#4 Have Fun
While being a parent can certainly come with a whole slew of things to be worried and stressed about, don’t let the stress of life take away from all of the joy and fun these kiddos bring us as mommas! Allow yourself to have fun and just be present. Try to see the world through your kid’s eyes. They tend to live life in the moment and find excitement in new activities. So, here’s your invitation to have fun every single day. You would be surprised at what this does for your stress levels. Plus, it makes for a more entertaining and fun day for your kids which means everyone benefits.
#5 Go For a Walk
Do you find yourself getting cabin fever after being stuck inside all day? Well, chances are the kids do too. So, get your sneakers on, get the kids ready and get out for a brisk walk! Not only will it help you reduce your stress levels, but the fresh air will help make naps and bedtime easier for your kiddos. Get the stroller, load everyone up, and get walking! Pack some snacks, water, and toys to keep the kids entertained while you get a good sweat in. During the warmer months, you can even make it a habit to get everyone out for a walk before lunch. It can be a commitment to reducing your stress, and also having an activity you and the kids do together that everyone looks forward to each day.
The Final Word
It’s so easy to get stuck in the chaos of life that we totally forget to take care of ourselves. This can quickly cause our stress levels to spiral out of control, and guess what, when we’re overly stressed, we aren’t functioning at our best.
Take some time right now to tune into where your stress levels are at, and allow yourself to start doing something about it. We are here to give you that push you need to finally start taking care of YOU. We challenge you to try out at least two of these stress-busting activities this week. You will be shocked at how far a little self-care goes for reducing your stress.