by Guest Blogger, Hilary Smith
Busy moms are often pulled in multiple directions. From working a regular job, to maintaining the household, to getting the kids to and from different activities, to meal prepping, and the list goes on. Then you have to do these same things again the next day—there just never seems to be enough time to take care of you! However, this does not have to be the case. Despite having so many things to do there are a few ways you can concentrate more on your own self-care. Here are a few tips that busy moms can use to relax and meditate more to enhance their well-being.
Treat Yourself in a Special Way
One of the first things you can do as a busy mom is to treat yourself to something special. In other words, do something nice for yourself, no matter how small the gesture is. Such activities could be as simple as a meditating and clearing your thoughts while drinking a warm cup of coffee, reading a good book, setting aside an hour to watch a favorite show, or it could even include taking a much deserved power nap. Likewise, you can also treat yourself to something more large-scale such as a relaxing spa day, treating yourself to a piece of jewelry with beautiful gemstones or going to a nice dinner with friends. This time spent doing something you love is a great way to relax, meditate and feel good all while taking care of you.
When there are a million and one things to do, exercise may not be a top priority for many busy moms. However, taking time to take care of your physical well-being through regular exercise is a great way to relax and de-stress. You can even incorporate meditative practices into your standard exercise routines. For example, you could take a long walk outside to clear your thoughts. Or you could practice yoga either in a group setting or at home, practicing with inexpensive videos. Movements such as stretching are a great way to stay in shape and feel good now. In fact, exercising for as little as 10-15 minutes per day will not only boost your physical health, but it can improve your mood and relieve your stress as well.
Enjoy the Moment
Lastly, enjoying the small moments and being consciously present provide another great way to relax, meditate and ease your mind despite your hectic schedule as a busy mom. Being present and in the moment is a great way to deal with stress and overwhelm. For instance, when your thoughts are going in 100 different directions, ground yourself by concentrating on the current moment or task at hand. You can also practice deep breathing techniques such as listening to your breath as a way to stay present. While concentrating on your breathing seems like a simple thing to do, it is actually an important part of many meditative practices. This is a great strategy that can quickly enhance your mood and make you feel better so that you are the best mom to your kids.
As a mom, when it comes to having a busy schedule, sometimes there is not enough time in the day to relax and meditate. However, it is still important for you to carve out this time to give yourself peace of mind. Consider any of these healthy tips to help you relax, meditate and concentrate more on you.