You’ve had a tough day cleaning spills, dealing with tantrums, and countless other duties as a mom or dad. Here’s 8 ways to relax after a hard day of parenting that I personally use.
I had my right kidney removed because of a tumor that grew because of stress related problems. The tumor destroyed half my kidney and my adrenal gland which is a gland that helps the body cope with stress.
Now I’ve developed several strategies that keep me calm and balanced even through the challenges of being a mother. Give yourself a break after a long day at work or at home with these relaxation techniques.
Put The Kids To Bed Early
You can’t begin to relax after this challenging day unless the kids are asleep. You know this, but it helps just to read it. If you can, use your last bit of strength to start their night routine so you can have some peace.
After dinner, give them a warm bath and put them to bed. They may wake up early in the morning, but at least you can relax tonight.
Quiet your Mind With Games
Play simple online games that help reduce stress and quiet your thoughts. Logic puzzles like chess and battleships are extremely effective without being too stressful. There is only room in your mind to contemplate your next move and therefore very helpful to relax after a hard day of parenting.
I’m able to play my favorite brain games for free from my desktop. They are simple enough to relax with but challenging enough to generate satisfaction.
Turn Off Some Lights In Your Home
Research shows that artificial lights in our home can trigger anxiety, raise stress levels, and disrupt your mood and sleep. Turn the lights down and watch the stress melt away as you close your eyes for a spell.
Alternatively we all know the relaxing properties of candle light. Light some candles if you’d like. If you enjoy scented candles, I recommend soy candles.
Take A Hot Shower with Shower Steamers
The water from a hot bath or shower will relax your muscles and adding therapeutic shower steamers it’s even better. The aromatherapy will help you calm down and undo all those knots of stress. Take deep breaths.
Physical relaxation is essential to emotional relaxation. When you feel your body relax, your mind will follow. The people working at The Moment A Massage Boutique know how important it is to get your muscles to wind down from time to time. Any kind of technique that reduces tension in your body will help to relax your mind.
Meditate With Affirmations
No matter what your faith, you can still meditate because it helps to quiet the mind. Your mind is always working as a parent, so be sure to give yourself time alone with positive thoughts and affirmations.
Affirm to yourself that you are doing a great job and that you are loved. Repeat the phrases, I don’t need to have the cleanest home, and parenthood is not a race or contest. Say to yourself, I’m doing a great job caring for and loving my kids every day, and I don’t have to be perfect.
The thoughts will permeate your subconscious to better prepare you for more of life’s challenges. This is great for your mental health.
Watch Funny Movies
If you don’t like reading books, then watch a funny movie from your past that always made you laugh. Watching old black and white movies can also be very cathartic because of the way they dress, move, and speak.
I produced news for many years so I do not recommend watching the nightly news if you are planning to relax. Even if you’re not triggered, the sadness and negativity is still making it’s way into your subconscious mind which feeds anxiety.
Ever heard of escapism? That’s exactly what you should be doing. Escaping the realities of day to day tasks is good for a short time. You can get back into the swing of things refreshed and energized.
Get Yourself A Singing Bowl
I just got myself a singing bowl on Amazon and it’s absolutely delightful. The children enjoy striking it too! The harmonious tone and vibrations have been known to have healing and relaxing effects on the body and spirit.
For centuries Tibet singing bowls have been used for therapy of all kinds. I like to strike it and just meditate. Mine came with a ring pillow to rest on, but you can also hold it in the palm of your hand. Singing bowls can reduce stress and anxiety.
Hope you like sage! Sage is used for cooking, but it’s also purifying. It can purify the air from bacteria, negative energy, and even spirits depending on what you believe. Open the windows to clear the negative air and let the fresh air in.
I burn sage because I love the aroma.
Burning sage and the act of smudging can be relaxing. Smudging refers to the manner in which you spread the smoke and aroma around the rooms of your home. Smudging kits usually come with sage, a bowl for putting out the burn, and a feather to spread the aroma.
What do you like to do to relax? Let me know below!
Hopefully you try some of these techniques to help you relax after a hard day.