Moms are victims of time-starved days and endless to-do lists. Motherhood is a constant juggling act of extinguishing mini fires around the house and putting out flames of defiance, temper tantrums and meltdowns. We barely have time to react and respond to accidents and emergencies let alone accomplish any task set forth in advance. And reserve free time that doesn’t accomplish anything? Impossible. Personal needs come last in the world of parenthood; however, regularly saving time for yourself improves your emotional, mental and physical health. If you’re living well and feeling great, then you can be the best mother to your children. Healthy and positive energies will reverberate throughout your home and have positive effects on your family. Take a break from birthday party supply shopping and mountain-high piles of laundry to mentally recuperate and take care of yourself.
Mom’s Night Out
Plan an MNO at least once a month. Every lady needs some good gossip and a strong cocktail every once in awhile to diffuse the daily stresses of motherhood. As friendly advice, don’t gossip about or badmouth other moms. Do gossip about the crazy Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or bachelorettes vying for Sean Lowe’s love. Don’t go overboard on the alcohol to the point that your words are slurred and stumble down stairs. Order a glass of wine or sip on a margarita on the rocks. A monthly Mom’s Night Out gets you out of the house and dressed in a stylish new outfit. Socialize with women who share and empathize with your mommy-hood experiences. The good company and new atmosphere will feel refreshing.
Funny Bone Literature
Okay, you feel so tired you can barely read the ingredients on your recipe card or the baby shower invitation you just opened in the mail. Attempting to read “Atlas Shrugged” may be setting yourself up for failure. Relax at the end of a long day with books written to entertain and make you laugh. Chelsea Handler’s “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me” shares honest, humorous tales of nonsense and foolishness. You can guarantee that Chelsea Handler light reading will make you snicker or guffaw. If Handler’s style is too abrasive or shocking, Tiny Fey’s No. 1 national bestseller “Bossypants” may be better literature for your sacred “me time.” Check out mentally and get lost in Tina Fey’s stories of nerdom, SNL, college romance and pursuits of physical beauty.
Silence & Mindful Meditation
Silence is sacred and peacefulness is a gift, especially for moms who suffer from incessant noise. If you long for 10 minutes of silence in a space occupied by no one else besides yourself, then commit to saving that time for yourself and look forward to it. Maximize your peaceful and silent space with meditation. MindBodyGreen.com contributor Jess Ainscough explains that developing a practice of mindful meditation enhances your gratitude for living in the moment and the ability to live presently. Meditation helps you “to be comfortable and content with your presence.” Sit symmetrically and upright. With you eyes closed, concentrate on your breathing and keep your mind calm.