With the entire family being home 24/7, it can be tough. Distance learning, the extra cooking and cleaning, working from home while juggling kids, it is easy for moms to let their own needs slip. To help aid feelings of being overwhelmed or prevent mommy burn out, taking some much deserved me-time is essential. Here are five easy ways you can incorporate moments of self-care at home.
1. Relax with a good read
When is the last time you sat down with a good book? Now is a great time to disconnect from your phone or TV screen and quiet the mind by reading. Instead of binge watching the latest crime drama, make a point to sneak in your bookworm fix after you’ve put the little ones to bed. Or pick a story to read with your kiddos as part of their bedtime routine – introducing your babies to your favourite classics from childhood is a great way to care for yourself and them.
2. Designate meals for mommy
Sure, the whole family has to eat – but make dinnertime about your favourite foods for a change! At least once a week, ensure what you want is on the table and minimize the stress by picking something fun and easy to prepare. If you’re low on time or want to avoid the busy grocery store, try a meal delivery service. The prep work is done for you, and there are an array of options depending on your needs. For even more self-care, pick something healthy that will make you feel good inside and out.
3. Try aromatherapy for stress relief
You may only get five minutes in the shower, so make them count. Pick a showerhead that creates an amazing experience, like the Moen Aromatherapy Handshower with INLY Technology. This showerhead comes with the option to infuse essential oils directly into the water flow to create an indulgent and sensory experience. Immerse yourself in beautiful scents and watch the stress of mom life melt away.
4. Escape to the great outdoors
Get outside and spend some time in nature. Take a solo morning jog or enjoy a stroll around the block with your partner. Include the entire family by having a picnic in your backyard, going for a walk in the park with the kids or simply enjoying dinnertime outside. Whatever it takes, get out for some fresh air and connect with nature.
5. Pick the right home products
One of the best ways to take care of yourself? Make everyday life easier with smart, time-saving products for your home, like a robot vacuum, automated coffee maker or connected kitchen faucet, such as the U by Moen Smart Faucet. This smart faucet offers four options for control: voice assisted, a hands-free wave sensor, the manual handle or with the Moen app; plus it dispenses precise measurements and temperatures – meaning it’s basically the perfect kitchen assistant. Start the water as soon as someone walks through the door or tell Alexa* to dispense just the right amount for the pasta pot. Make washing your hands easy and effective with the new handwashing preset. It runs the precise amount of water at the precise temperature to properly wash your hands; just ask Moen to wash your hands. Plus, save presets for things you do all the time, like filling the dog bowl or your water bottle.
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Alone time and self-care don’t always have to go hand in hand. These tips show that you can incorporate me-time even with the whole family around. Whether it’s indulging in a relaxing shower or taking a stroll around the block, incorporating moments to reconnect with your mind and your family will help prevent you from reaching mommy overload.