How to find time to relax, sleep and exercise
Moms have a tendency to put others first. They are constantly tending to family needs while forgetting about their own. There just isn’t enough time in the day for anything else. But what if you could find more time — a chance to reflect, relax and exercise? Imagine feeling revitalized and ready to take on the daily challenges that arise…
It may sound impossible, but we’ve come up with solutions on how to carve out precious moments to refresh your body and mind. Think of them as a Mother’s Day gift. We also have a special contest to appreciate you, and all that you do, with a day of pampering at a spa and other gifts. Enter to win here.
How to find time to:
If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to adequately take care of others. You probably have a schedule filled with appointments and play dates for your kids. How about inserting some time for you? The key is to prioritize. Put a date in your calendar and stick to it.
- Set your alarm to wake up before your children to enjoy a cup of coffee, read the news or meditate.
- Implement quiet time for your kids by giving them an hour to read or play in their room. With that hour, focus on something that gives you pleasure like reading a book or yoga.
- It’s likely that your spouse needs some alone time too. Trade off one night a week with your husband to rediscover a hobby or fulfilling activity.
- Think of how many mommy friends you know who are in the same situation. Why not take turns watching each other’s kids once a week?
- Hire a babysitter for a couple of hours while you are at home. Since you’ll be around, you can propose a discounted hourly rate. You also may be able to find a young family member or neighbor who wants experience as a babysitter and will play with your kids for free.
- Seek out local organizations for help. Churches and family-friendly gyms usually offer affordable childcare through Parents’ Nights Out and cheap summer programs.
Sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and wellness. Getting adequate amounts of good quality sleep at the right time can help protect our psychological health, physical health, quality of life, safety and well-being.
- Negotiate sleep with your husband. If you wake up with the baby throughout the night, ask your spouse to feed the little one before bed or first thing in the morning, so you can catch up on rest. On the weekends, retreat to the guest room to recuperate.
- Naps do wonders. As soon as your little one falls asleep, shut your eyes too. The dishes and laundry can wait until you have more energy.
- When your baby sleeps soundly, you do too. The key to developing solid sleep habits for your little one is to establish a consistent bedtime routine. A bedtime routine should be a calming experience and last no more than 30 minutes. Follow the same schedule each night and your baby will begin to form expectations and anticipate the next step — sleep.
- Safeguard your sleep, especially if you have a newborn. Follow these tips to create a sleep debt prep postpartum plan.
Working out actually increases energy levels and boosts your endorphins, making you better equipped to handle the demands of parenting.
- Dress for a workout at the beginning of the day. Once your baby doses off for a nap, you’ll be ready to get your sweat on without wasting time searching for your sneakers.
- Schedule exercise sessions throughout the week by trading off time with your husband. For example, each parent gets one hour two evenings out of the week.
- Squeeze in a workout during the early hours before your kids wake up. Go for a run or do yoga while your partner is still home getting ready for work and can tend to the kids if they wake up.
- There will be days you may only have 15 minutes to train. Don’t waste it on something that isn’t burning calories. Choose High-intensity interval training (HIIT) to maximize every minute.
- If you can afford it, join a gym with childcare. Most gyms offer two hours a day with a family membership.
- Search online for a local Mommy and Me workout group. You’ll find options like boot camps and yoga classes that you can do with your baby in tow.