As Mother’s Day approaches, many mothers can finally look forward to some relaxation, special treatment and maybe even some pampering! But once Sunday is over and reality sets back in, so does the reality of being the busy mom that you are. We, at Lavender Spa definitely know how stressed moms can get. We see it all the time! So, we have put together a list of tips specifically designed for you super moms, in order to keep your wellness and sanity intact for the rest of the 364 days that AREN’T Mother’s Day.
- Get Enough Sleep!
Whether you are well rested or not can determine your whole day. Unfortunately, things like stress and anxiety from a tiring day can lead to even less sleep. To avoid falling into this vicious cycle, here are just a few things that have been proven to naturally assist in getting more rest: Wake up and go to sleep at consistent times, increase bright light exposure during the day and decrease exposure at night, reduce ingesting caffeine later in the day, try taking a melatonin supplement, and eat magnesium-rich foods…These are just a few to get you started!
- Set Daily Goals
You may have a schedule or reminders set, but also setting goals can possibly motivate you more to get things done. Setting goals not only for work or house tasks but for the kids as well can also keep them well organized and keep you knowledgeable about what they’re accomplishing-which means less stress for you!
- Meal Plan & Set a Specific Grocery Shopping Day
Meal planning can take a substantial amount of time out of your day but many people have found it to be very valuable. If you don’t want to prepare the whole week’s dinner on one day or eat the same thing days in a row, try setting aside a single day to dedicate to planning out all of your meals for the entire week. Go pick up the items needed for the week on the same day. That way, you’ll at least know what’s to be made on each day and that you already have all of the ingredients you need. Trust us when we say, this can alleviate a lot of unnecessary time spent on trying to figure out what’s for dinner every night and avoid last minute fast-food trips.
- Know that it’s Okay to Say “No”
We know how hard it can be to say no to your kids sometimes, especially when they’re still young and adorable. But know your limits. Don’t let your children overextend you or it’ll backfire in the long-run. Try not to create high expectations for your children to get everything they want. This will not only teach them a little discipline but also save you some time and money!
- Take Time for Yourself
Revolving your entire life around being a mom can become very stressful. Make sure you are taking some time to yourself every now and then. Remind yourself that you are not a robot, but just a mom who needs a break from time to time. Whether that’s spending time with your partner, friends or even by yourself, it’s all helpful. Take time to do the things that YOU like to do. Take a mental break, a nap, a night out or a night in. You might even need one day to just catch up on some sleep. If you start to get the feeling that your body is telling you to chill out, listen to it! It will only help you in the end.