As a mom of three active kids and one extroverted cat, I sometimes find it tough to balance work and home responsibilities. But even more taxing is the pressure of always having to make sure that everyone’s needs are met—sometimes, it feels like I need to be Supermom!
For all of the other hardworking Supermoms out there, here are just a few ways I like to relax and destress.
More Frequent Naps
One great way to relax is to take frequent naps. Moms need time to recharge, so don’t hesitate to nap when the kids do. Ideally, you should aim for at least one 30-minute nap per day. If you have younger children, try to align your naptime with theirs. On the other hand, if nobody naps at the same time, take a solo power nap when you have a few minutes to yourself!
Mommy Spa Days
Another great way to relax is to treat yourself to a spa day. Do some research on the spas in your area and look into spending a few hours there!
Even if you can’t make it to a spa, try a spa day at home. Have a massage or a facial with your skincare products, light a few candles, play some soothing music, and enjoy the time alone. It may be difficult to recreate a spa facility at home, but it is definitely possible!
How I Stay Youthful
After I had my first child, I started to dread looking in the mirror. I was no longer a size 0 and was beginning to feel old and wrinkled.
I decided to change a few things in my life to feel better about myself. First, I began eating healthier: more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, and fewer processed foods. I have my children follow a similar diet and make them remember an important rule: no fast food!
As good as a better diet made me look, I realized that I needed something more direct. So, I looked into getting a facelift. I found a reputable plastic surgeon in my area and told him exactly how I felt about my appearance. He showed me a few pictures of the things he could improve. After talking to my husband, I decided that getting cosmetic work was the right choice, and never looked back!
Now, after the procedure, I look 10 years younger. It was well worth it!
Exercise to Let Off Some Steam
After my kids go to school in the morning, I usually jog a few miles around the neighborhood to clear my mind and get my body moving. It really helps me wake up and stay healthy! Exercise also helps blow off steam and is a great way to de-stress.
After exercising, I hop right into a hot shower and spend 10 or 15 minutes in the steam. It’s the perfect end to a workout and relieves achy joints and muscle pain. This routine helps me feel that much more refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the day!
On the Subject of Showers
Usually, I shower, but sometimes, I like to fill up the tub with warm water and soak. It’s one of my favorite ways to kick back, especially when I don’t feel my best.
To amplify the experience, I light some lavender candles (I love the scent!), put on some soft music (and even audiobooks), and pour myself a glass of wine (or two). I drift off into my own little world, taking in all of the warm water and feeling completely at ease!