Self-Care Tips For The Overwhelmed Mom
We love all things “massage therapy.” So needless to say, we read just about everything we can get our hands on that deals with calming the body and mind through massage. We recently stumbled across a blog post online that stated that self-care is not enough for burnt out mothers, and debunked all of the loved self-care tips we’ve all enjoyed and those in which we find to be the most beneficial.
Although at times it seems that nothing can ease the stress and anxiety of motherhood, we can’t help but think that it is important to spread self-care tips that may not seem over-the-top and fabulous, but still effective. If you are overwhelmed, burnt out, and pretty much feel like you’re at your breaking point, don’t worry, you’re not alone and there are indeed some self-care tips that can aid those feelings immensely.
Myth #1: Bubble Baths Can’t Help Your Anxiety
The article that we read stated that there is no bubble bath that can aid the constant underlying buzz of anxiety. On the contrary. In fact, raising your body temperature is an effective remedy for stress and anxiety. Heating up your body boosts your mood and aids in muscle relaxation. Not only that, but it allows for quiet and meditation.
Myth #2: Quality Time with Friends Won’t Help De-Stress
In this post, the author said there is no amount of quality time away with friends that can undo the isolation of the first few months with your new baby. Although this is different for everyone, and is a real struggle for new mothers, quality time with friends can help you cope greatly. Being a new mother is incredibly trying. But reaching out to your girl friends and arranging a few hours out of the house can benefit you more than you might think.
In fact, a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University found that people use their family and friends as a stress buffer, talking about their problems instead of seeking negative coping mechanisms like drinking alcohol, smoking or doing drugs. By spending time with girl friends out of the house when at all possible, you are detaching from the confinement of your home and the stress of being without your family members. There is no shame in a few hours away from the home. In fact, it can be relaxing for your body and your mind.
Myth #3: Napping Won’t Revive Your Energy
According to the article we read, napping does not revive the energy that is drained from working mothers. This is not entirely true. Scientists have shown that taking a 60 to 90 minute nap can charge up your brain’s batteries and increases alertness, reduces stress, boosts creativity, increases stamina, enhances your sex life, aids in weight loss, reduces the risk of a heartattack and boosts memory.
So what does help? We’ve posted a few bonus tips below that we – the experts in relaxation – believe to help calm your body and your mind.
- Listen to music while making breakfast/packing lunches: Music can have a profound effect on both the emotions and the body. If you’re tired, listen to something upbeat. If you’re anxious, put something soothing on like spa music or classical.
- Carry essential oils in your purse/car: Aromatherapy can reduce the perception of stress, increase contentment, and decrease levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone.” If you’re waiting in the carpool line or sitting at a red light when you were supposed to be in a meeting 10 minutes ago; bust out your favorite oil and place them on your temples and wrists. Don’t forget to take a few deep breaths: It’s going to be okay.
- Try taking one hour per week to get out of the house without the kids: Whether it’s going on a long drive, or getting a much deserved massage, taking at least an hour for yourself with help clear your mind and help you decompress so that you can be the best you that you can be. Which means the best mom and wife you can be. Don’t feel guilty for enjoying this time. We know you’ll miss your kids. We do too. But the relaxation you find in that hour will refresh and revive your spirit – making you even more effective at being an amazing mom.
Life is hard at times, especially for moms. It is important to take the time for yourself to heal from the physical and emotional pain you experience. These tips are only a fraction of ways to help – booking a massage and reaching out for professional help are effective ways to take back control of your mind and body so that you can be the best you possible. Call us at
660-909-2539 to book your much needed massage and ultimate relaxing experience.