For mums, it’s so easy to neglect their own need for downtime But many mums out there have almost no choice at all Here are some of the reasons why it’s so important...
It relieves overall stress
When you’re stressed, it’s more than likely that your family members will be stressed as well. Stress can stem from a lot of things for Mums depending on the habits of each family member. A toddler who cries all the time can be both physically and mentally frustrating, while teenagers will most likely be hormonal and an overall pain especially when they’re at their most rebellious phase of their life. Allowing yourself to experience pampering and self-care will relieve you of the stresses that come with family life. Imagine treating yourself to a nice, warm bath after your kids leave for school or a good yoga session while your tiny human is asleep. This is the type of self-care that can work for most mums staying at home.
It nurtures your sense as a woman
Stress can lead most mums to become cranky and irritable. Being too tired from doing housework or helping with your children’s homework can be as nerve-wracking as working in a cubicle. The worst part about stress in mums is when it forces them to snap back at misbehaving children who just can’t seem to function as well when faced with troubles at school or with their siblings. But snapping back doesn’t automatically mean that the Mum is a bad one. It just means that the stress is too much for her to handle especially when it happens quite often. This is another good reason why mums need time off for themselves. Because being a Mum isn’t a job you just quit once it overwhelms you.
It lets you do the things you want without any needed obligations
Mummy self-care doesn’t entitle mums to spend all their free time alone. Some may find joy in relaxing with their mummy friends or relatives, while some prefer to spend their time with their children more. Whether it’s with other people or with your own children, make sure to spend it in a way that’s relaxing for you. If you’re with your mummy friends, avoid overthinking about your children too much. Overthinking will only stress you out. Instead, schedule times when you check with your babysitter or relative from time to time. If you’re the kind of mum who likes spending free time with her children, make sure that you enjoy the time as well as you do. Don’t plan activities that will be more uncomfortable for everyone, or rather much more, yourself.
It helps you love yourself more
At the end of the day, you will always have yourself to love. Some mums feel depressed because not only is the stress taking a toll on their physique, but their heads as well. It’s easy to feel underappreciated when you’re a mum who stays at home and watches the kids a great deal of every day. Some may underestimate your job as something you don’t even have to be appreciated for. It’s up to you if you’ll be falling under the harsh criticisms against most mums. It’s a matter of choice whether you’ll treat yourself to something good every once in awhile as well. So gather up your positivity and plan activities that not only you will enjoy, but for everyone’s benefit as well.
Being a mum 24/7 has got to be the most difficult job in the world. But if you’re someone who’s satisfied with love and respect as compensation, being a mum is quite worthwhile. So while you take care of everyone in the family, don’t ever forget to take care of yourself. Because without you taking care of yourself, how will you be able to care for others in turn? Have you experienced other key benefits of self-care for yourself as a Mum? If you do, please feel free to share it in a comment below. For more Mummy tips and tricks, please visit our blog today.