Mother’s guilt is often characterized by feeling that as a mother, you didn’t put your family first. But taking a break for yourself is not the same as putting your family first. In fact, it is essential to always be in top shape. Here are 5 ways moms practice self-care and take well-deserved ‘mom rest’ time.
1. Adult Time
We take coffee breaks a lot during the day but how much do we rest properly? Katrina-Jane Bart enjoys drinking her coffee without distractions, almost as if she’s in her adulthood.
“I practice self-care by taking time for myself, not sitting in my naughty corner, my coffee! Working from home, you are constantly going, going, going. I learned to turn off for 15 minutes and just enjoy that cup of water. No TV. No phone. Just sitting in the sun to recharge my batteries. Nothing is so important that you can’t practice a little 15-minute self-care ritual every day. It is not a treatment, it is a necessity. “
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2. Take a nap
Who says only kids can nap? Get tips from Spain and include an afternoon nap in your schedule. Many successful people, from Margaret Thatcher to Barack Obama, sleep fewer hours at night but often nap during the day.
For optimal results, your nap should:
– Less than 30 minutes to not achieve deep sleep
– Being immersed in a quiet bedroom space without distracting the eyes in contrast to the bright and noisy living room
– Taken in the middle of the afternoon around 2-3pm
Treat yourself to a new bed frame and enjoy regular, fulfilling naps.
3. Simple pleasures, practiced often
While a spa day is just what the doctor orders each month, it’s important to practice self-care more often than this. Living and raising children with a chronic illness has helped Teena Hantke from Whoa Mumma appreciates how doing small things for yourself often makes a difference.
“Self-care doesn’t have to be a big or expensive exercise, practice it starting with your mindset and rid yourself of the guilt of making your happiness a priority. Start small, go for a quiet coffee alone after school, or spend 10 minutes reading a book without feeling bad about it. The key is to find something just for you while dismissing mummy guilt. “
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4. Watch TV in the middle of the day
The streaming service means you don’t have to wait until prime time to watch the next episode of your favorite TV show. There’s something nice about taking a break from watching in the middle of the day when you’re supposed to be productive. Allow yourself to lounge for an hour or two on your 3-seater sofa and enjoy the midday break.
5. Join the yoga craze
Jessie Parker, the owner of maternity wear Borne Too, is also a former yoga skeptic. That is, until she tried it.
“My favorite way to ‘take a break’ is to take a yoga class. I used to hate the idea of doing yoga until I reached a turning point in my life, then I was ready to try anything! Now I love it. I feel like a walk, a cliché – an opportunity to stay awake, active and get away from the chaos of life.”
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All these yogi moms can’t go wrong! Yoga is the ultimate self-care exercise.
The most important thing when you rest is not what you do, but the activity that makes you happy.