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If you’re a mom, you may find that you have very little time available to kick back and relax. With the holidays fast approaching, now is a fantastic time to discover some new relaxation techniques and some simple ways you can find more time to chill out.
Set aside a tranquil space
If you’re anything like most parents, your home has been taken over by toys. Children may only be small, but they have a lot of stuff, and it can spread far and wide in record time. If you struggle to find a quiet space to gather your thoughts and take a quick timeout, find a corner of your home and make it an adults-only space.
If you’ve got a box room, a spare room or a study you never use, or your living room is large enough to section off a small area, this will be perfect. De-clutter, use calming colors on the walls and create a relaxing ambiance using aromas and subtle lighting. You can get more info about oils and scents that are designed to make you feel calmer online.
Once you’ve got this space, you can retreat to it when the kids are napping, they’ve gone to bed, or you need 5 minutes in the middle of the day. Read, meditate or close your eyes and enjoy a minute’s peace.
Work out at home
Exercise may be the last thing on your mind when you’re tired or stressed, but working out is proven to lift your mood and help you tackle stress and anxiety. If you haven’t got time to go to the gym or you can’t leave the house because you’ve got young kids at home, home training sessions are ideal.
There are various options available, including buying gym equipment or following online or DVD workouts. You don’t have to spend a fortune on machines. You could look for secondhand bargains or buy cheap equipment such as a yoga mat and some light weights. When you’ve got 20 minutes spare, you can do a quick yoga session or a cardio workout, and you’ll feel much better afterward.
(Related post: 5 Ways to Make Time for Yourself)
Sort your sleeping environment
Many moms are tired because they don’t get enough sleep at night. There’s not much you can do about this if you’ve got a newborn or a teething tot, but often, moms don’t get enough rest even when their children sleep through the night. This can sometimes be due to their routines or their sleeping environment.
If your bedroom is cluttered, there’s light streaming through the curtains, and your bed is uncomfortable, you’re going to find it hard to drift off. Likewise, if you’re running around like a headless chicken before you go to bed, it’s going to be tough to switch off. Spend half an hour relaxing before you hit the hay. Run a bath, read a book or kick back with your favorite playlist.
Do you find it hard to relax? Do you often feel stressed or tired? It’s not always possible to get out of the house, so hopefully, these tips for relaxing at home will help you unwind and de-stress.