As a mom of three children, life is busy. I have found that if I don't take the time to relax, I become irritable and unproductive. In reality, it is difficult to take that time but it is also necessary as a busy mom.
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How to Relax as a Busy Mom
Often, I have to wait until the little guy is asleep, either down for a nap or for bedtime. These are ways I intentionally relax, doing one or a combination of the following.
Drink a Cup of Hot Tea
A cup of spearmint tea hits the spot when I need something to sip on. Sometimes I want something other than water, especially late at night. It's also a chance to put my feet up for a few minutes. I especially like the spearmint tea because it is also soothing on an upset stomach.
Soak in a Hot Bath
I take hot baths, even at the protest of my dry skin. The heat does wonders for my achy feet. I've found that when I've had too much sodium or sugar, that I have to take a hot bath to calm them down for bed. Adding Epsom salt with essential oils or a mineral soak not only aids in eliminating the ache. It also returns the moisture back to my skin that the heat wants to remove. My favorite moisture mineral soak is one that my daughter gave to me as a Mother's Day gift.
Read a Book
I enjoy reading. Sneaking in pages of reading has become second nature. I read while the kiddos are playing or late at night while I'm bathing or winding down for bed. I will read non-fiction or fiction based on how I'm feeling and what I am expecting in return. Sometimes I need to read to learn or be encouraged. Other times I need to escape into an imaginary land back in the 1800s.
If I only have a few minutes to myself, I will grab my Bible and read a few verses to set my mind right. God's Word has such an uplifting and energizing effect when I don't feel like I can keep my eyes open. God is good like that.
Listen to Music
Often when I am feeling overwhelmed doing housework or need to take an escape but can't get away, I will turn on some music. If the background noise (kiddos, television, etc.) is too noisy, I will put one ear bud in and listen to the music on my phone. I can still hear the kids but the music is just loud enough to calm me. Choosing Christian music also gives me an inspirational kick where I need it most.
These are the ways I relax as a busy mom. Often times, it's after the kiddos go to bed. Other times I choose what I can do in the midst of the chaos.