I’m a non-stop stay at home mom.
There are days when I sit down on the couch after putting the kiddos to bed and wonder, is this the first time I’ve sat all day?
Does driving the car into town count? Wait a second, did I get a chance to sit during dinner? For a moment, just before picking up the little one out of his exersaucer and bouncing him on my hip while taking those few last bites.
Sometimes I just want a break.
But honestly, that’s not in the cards right now.
Dear daughter nearly had a melt down when dad wanted to take her to get a slice of pizza the other night. “Mommy come too?” She asked, so innocent and sweet. When the answer was no, she nearly hyperventilated.
That’s okay. This is a mere moment in time. It will pass.
But for now, what is a stir-crazy, touched-out, 24/7 mom to do?
For sanity’s sake, I’ve come up with a few energizing AND relaxing strategies to get me through the day.
Because yes, we need to stay relaxed inside and get an energy boost at the same time. It keeps us going. I think of Cesar Milan (he’s calm and assertive at the same time!).
These strategies go beyond stepping the next room to take a deep breath and count down from 10.
They’re more in depth. More colorful and fun. And I’ve found that’s exactly what I need in my life. Another plus: they’ll work for stay at home or working moms!
Energizing & Relaxing Strategies for Non-Stop Moms
- First rule of thumb: don’t ever try to escape your children. That will never work. Join them.
- Sing: childrens songs, Joni Mitchell, whatever. Just sing. Your toddler doesn’t care if you’re good. They’ll sing along.
- Instead of saying something you aren’t proud of in the heat of the moment, replace it with something positive like, “I love you!” or “my children are so curious and full of life!”
- Count your blessings. Literally. Write them down if you need to. I write mine on mirrors.
- Create a quiet space in a corner of the room that anyone can use to sit down and take a moment to themselves. It could be a rocking chair, bean bag or piece of carpet with some pillows. Get a CD player with relaxing music and a few picture books and a magazine for you.
- Have a dance party! Turn the music up loud and JIVE. Yesterday I put on a very wide spinney skirt which absolutely astounded my daughter when I twirled.
- Make popcorn. Eat it sitting on the floor.
- Take a family bubble bath. The key is getting in with the kids yourself. The warm water is relaxing and the kids will love the bubbles.
- Get outside! Fresh air is refreshing and invigorating!
- Hug and/or kiss your children. Close your eyes and breath in their scent.
- Lastly, when I’m feeling uber frustrated, I take a long hard look at myself in the mirror, directly in the eye. For some reason, it always calms me down. I just can’t be “hard” anymore
Now it’s your turn! What do you do to calm down or relax during the day? Please share in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you!