Being a mum is the best job in the world but there are times when even the most patient of mum feels like screaming and ‘pulling her hair out!’
Being the most demanding job in existence, every mum deserves and needs to relax from time to time and to help you achieve just that, here are five great ways for mum to unwind!
They say that ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and put simply, it is! So the next time your baby is demanding milk and your toddler is about to scribble on the walls, stop what you’re doing, stand back, take a deep breath and laugh. After all if you weren’t laughing you’d be crying and the former is definitely the favourable option!
2. Have a cup of tea
There is nothing quite like sitting down for ten minutes with a steamy mug of tea to help you unwind and calm down. You may be ‘up to your eyeballs’ with washing, changing nappies and preparing lunch, but taking regular ten-minute ‘you times’ throughout the day when you sit down with a relaxing cup of tea will work wonders in helping you unwind.
It needn’t be a rigorous 30-minute run every night, but simply getting active in the fresh open air can be a great way to clear your mind, give you a change of scenery and help you to relax. Any form of exercise, including walking, releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in our brain and can be a potent stress-buster. So what are you waiting for – Get the kids loaded in the buggies, the trainers on, and get walking on out!
4. Treat yourself to some chocolate
We cannot deny that if anyone deserves to treat themselves, it’s Mum! Depriving yourself of all things that you consider a ‘luxury’ and ‘forbidden’ won’t do you any favours in your quest to relax. Every now and again treat yourself to those ‘sinful’ pleasures such as chocolate, which again releases those precious endorphins in the brain!
5. Focus on the positive
You may be having the ‘day from hell’ and are about to ‘lose the plot’ but to help you relax it is important to try and focus on the positive. A certain amount of positives always happen even when we think that we are having a nightmare of a day. Focus on that smile your baby gave your this morning, or the painting your toddler painted for you at nursery, as concentrating on the positives instead of the negatives will go a long way in making you feel more calm and relaxed.
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