Motherhood burn out : Top 5 ways to quickly de-stress
There is no denying that as a mother your priorities change. Life becomes less about keeping your hair cut looking nice and going on swanky nights out and more about the little person that is now your complete responsibility. And often when this happens we forget about ourselves and don’t take the care of ourselves physically and mentally like we should. Quite frankly it is a sure fire way to burn yourself out! So here is my list of my top five ways to avoiding motherhood burn out, reducing stress and feel more like yourself again!
Get out of the house!
Got 4 piles of washing, the hoovering, baking, cooking dinner, ironing and homework to do today and feeling piled under? Put it all to one side, work out the few things that absolutely must be done today, do them and then get out of the house! Put your headphones in or what ever you like to do to relax and get out in the fresh air. Whether it’s a walk by yourself, a jog, a walk with the pram. It doesn’t really matter but a good strong dose of fresh air will make you feel much more sane. And if you are really that busy, give you are bit of head space to plan how to efficiently get that War and Peace length to do list done.
Take a long hot shower
Often our time in the shower is one of our only opportunities in the day to be alone! Don’t rush through it! Enjoy it! Stand under than hot water and let it wash away some of the stress you are feeling. If you like to pamper yourself, take the opportunity to do so whilst in there. Shave your legs, use a face scrub, put in a deep conditioner. Feeling a little more preened and pruned can give a self esteem boost that can help you see past the spit up stain on your favourite top!
Paint your nails
As I said in the previous point just a few little touches like having your nails painted can just make you feel a little bit more like you have your shit together. It only needs to take 5 minutes to do (mine are literally drying whilst I type this) and can make a big difference to how you feel.
Don’t be afraid to say no.
Are you supposed to be going to baby sign at 9.30am, then have the girls round to tea afterwards with the babies. With the food shop scheduled in after nap time and an evening spin class? Cancel it. If you don’t feel up to whatever you are supposed to be doing today (work commitments excluded, I don’t want to be responsible for anyone getting fired!) then pull a sicky from life. Call your friends and cancel, put on your comfiest pjs, dig out the kids favourite films and snack and have a blanket day on the sofa with your baby!
Reality is we probably aren’t getting our daily needs of kale and spinach to get all of our vitamin. I have been taking part in Swisse Vitamins New Year New You challenge and taking alongside their multivitamins and vitamin D I was already taking, their Vitamin B+ which they very kindly sent me to review (all opinions are mine). It has given me a real boost in energy and the get up and go in the morning that I desperately need as a working mum! This extra energy means I have a cleaner house, a happier kid and I have even been known to hit a workout video on the odd nap time here and there! (Not to mention any trying to conceive mama’s out there, it also has all the folic acid and vitamin b6 being good for fertility!)