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To be the best mom you can be it is essential that you take care of yourself not just your kids. While dedicating every minute to looking after the little people might seem like an obvious way to be the perfect mom it will ultimately lead to a parent who is burnt out, resentful and unhappy. So to avoid becoming the grumpy, snappy, energy-sapped mom you promised yourself you would never be, here are five of the best ways to snatch a little “me” time and relax amid the chaos that is motherhood.
Meet with friends
There is no greater way to de–stress than to let it all go with a group of really good friends. Make sure you are not wasting precious kid-free time with friends who you cannot truly be yourself with and instead get together with the gals who accept you just as you are. An afternoon, laughing, crying, reminiscing and talking about hopes for the future can be hugely restorative.
Being a busy mom often means taking time out for a spa day becomes the stuff of fantasy but that does not mean you cannot enjoy a little pamper time at home. Create yourself a basket full of relaxing treats such as massage oils, face masks, bath salts, lotions and balms, ready to reach for whenever you get an unexpected quiet half an hour to spend on self-care. Look out for a that offer pamper products promising to harness the benefits of CBD while still offering the usual relaxation these TLC treats should offer.
Netflix and chill
Sometimes keeping it simple really works. When you get the children to bed in the evening, instead of doing household chores or catching up on mundane tasks like paperwork, take the time to sink into the couch and chill out in front of your . At the end of a busy day, allowing yourself a reward like this will give your brain something other than mothering to focus on for an hour or two.
Read a book
Getting lost in a is an age-old technique to destress. From the comfort of your coziest armchair, diving into the pages of a fiction title can take you on a journey through time and transport you to faraway lands offering you an easy form of escapism. The beauty of a book is that you can pick it up whenever you get a window of time to yourself, whether that’s five minutes or thirty.
Spending quality time with your partner is not only good for your relationship but helps the both of you to relax too. The responsibilities of parenthood can mean quality time for the parents gets forgotten. Ensuring some time is set aside for this, even if that is a date night once a month will offer the opportunity to catch-up and talk about anything other than kids and work!
Take some time out for yourself and do something from our top five list – you will find you feel better and you will be a better mom to your children because of it too.