Category: Advice for Mom

9 Ideas For a Relaxing Mommy Time

9 Ideas For a Relaxing Mommy Time

 

Even mommy wonder woman needs a break. Being a mom is hard work and it is exhausting. There is no sugar coating the amount of work that goes into parenting. I have created a list of things that you can do to help you relax during your mommy time. But first, you need to make sure you are scheduling that mommy time in. Write it down in your calendar and make it a priority.

1.Yoga/Pilates

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Yoga and pilates are a great way to exercise and relax. This is one of the most relaxing workouts that I have done. I prefer pilates over yoga because I can really feel my muscles burning when I do it. The great thing is that both of these can be done on a tight schedule. For those of you who are only able to get 15 minutes of mommy time to wind down this is a great option for you.

2.Journaling

There are so many options when it comes to journaling. Some types of journaling are a diary, photo journal, bible journal, art journal, and bullet journal. This is a great way for you to get the chance to be creative and get things off your mind.

3.Scrapbooking

This is another creative way to wind down. Crafty people will find it relaxing to cut pictures and paper then lay them all out to create a beautiful page. If you enjoy making scrapbooks but don’t enjoy the clutter of the supplies, there are options for online scrapbooks. You can completely create a scrapbook online and then order the book when you are done.

4.Reading

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I feel like this is a top choice for most moms who are looking to wind down. Grabbing a good book and sitting down to in a nice comfy chair is what a lot of people picture when they think of relaxing. I like to read right after I get into bed to help me wind down so that I can fall asleep.

5.Walking/Jogging

Sometimes a mom needs to get out of the house to relax. I like to get my kids settled into an activity and then go for a walk around the neighborhood. This way my husband is still able to do what he needs, because the kids are busy, and I can still get out for a little bit. I take my dog and its really nice to enjoy the quiet and just think.

6.Learn a New Skill

Find something that you want to learn and find online classes. Here are some ideas of classes you can take online, photography, new languages, writing, sewing, knitting, and more. If there was ever anything you wanted to learn but don’t feel like you have time then use your mommy time. Learning new skills can be relaxing and rewarding.

7.Take a Nap

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When you schedule mommy time you are free during that time. That means you are free to take a nap if that is what you want to do. If this is what you choose to do during your break then you need to be able to shut your mind off and not think about all the stuff that needs to get done. If you can’t shut your mind off then you will not be able to fall asleep and you won’t get to enjoy that nap.

8.Take a Hot Bath

Sometimes you just need to lock yourself in the bathroom, put some relaxing music on, light some candles, and just soak. You might have to plan an activity beforehand to keep your kids busy so they aren’t bothering you.

9.Get Pampered

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Getting pampered is a must for any mom. Go to the spa, hair salon, or nail salon. Being a mom can take its toll on your body and being pampered can make you feel like a whole new person.

Just remember to focus on you during that short amount of time that you get to yourself. This time is for you to either reflect on yourself or just try to shut your mind off for a little bit. Keep in mind you can’t be that great mom for your kids if you don’t take care of yourself.

If you have any other ideas for the moms out there let’s hear them. Post your ideas in the comments below.

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The Truth about Toddlers & Night Terrors

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When my daughter was two we went through this horrible phase of night terrors. She would wake up screaming, but she was still mostly asleep. It was such a helpless feeling as a parent, to sit there and watch her and not be able to do anything to make her better.

What a night terror looked like for her

When her night terrors started, they were pretty regular. We would be woken up to her screaming and at first, we would try to hold her and talk to her to try to get her calm. Soon we realized that when we did this she would get louder and more upset. She was mostly asleep when she had a night terror and she never remembered them the next day. After a while, she started to sleepwalk during her night terrors. She would always walk to the same spot, our back door. She would just stand there and scream.

After the night terror

Once the night terror is over then it is important to make them as comfortable as possible. My daughter was still pretty out of it after an episode but she would make requests like wanting milk, her blanket, and her monkey. We tried to have these things ready for her so that she could go right back to sleep and get some rest.

Look for patterns

I read online that night terrors can happen from stress or exhaustion. I looked back at anything stressful that could have caused her to start having night terrors. The only thing that we could think of was trying to wean her off her pacifier. After one night terror, we gave the pacifier back to her, but she was still having the night terrors after that. The night terrors started to fade after several months. She would still have them but they were less often. We noticed that the days that we had a lot going on were usually the days that were followed by a night terror. So we connected her night terrors to being overtired. We tried to make sure that she was getting plenty of sleep and if she was tired we made sure she was able to rest. She is five now and she hasn’t had a night terror in over a year.

How we coped as parents

It was very hard but all we could do was stand there, close to her, and make sure that she did not get hurt when she had an episode. I remember one night when she had a really bad episode and she was flinging herself all over the place she hit her arms and legs on the bed and the walls. I ended up moving her to the floor away from everything just so that she didn’t get hurt. It made me feel better knowing that she didn’t remember any of it and that after she was done with an episode it was over for her. I didn’t have to worry about her being upset the next day or worrying about having another one, because she had no idea what was going on. That was the thing that comforted me the most because it is honestly one of the hardest things to watch as a parent. They look so scared and upset and all you want to do is hold them and comfort them and make it all better, but you can’t.

Remember moms, this is just one phase of their childhood. It will come and it will pass and then there will be a new phase. I hope this post helps you get through those episodes that feel like they go on for hours and to let you know that you are not alone. Being a mom is the best superpower there is.

I would love to hear about your stories and how you got through the night terrors with your toddler. What things did you do to help and what things made their episodes worse?