Moms have a lot of things to worry about: not only do you have your career responsibilities, you also have to make sure your family is happy and that you are being the best mom you can be. You should be forgiven when you occasionally feel as if you are overwhelmed.
But you should also be able to recognize the signs that you need a little “me” time. Taking breaks when you’re feeling stressed out is not only good for your family but good for your health as well. If you experience any of these following things, it’s probably time you handed the house over to your spouse or a babysitter and did something for yourself.
You Don’t Remember the Last Adult Conversation You Had
Spending time around your kids is an awesome feeling, but sometimes you just need to get away and have fun with other adults. If you can’t recall the last time you talked about something other than cartoons and naptimes, you should probably seek the company of other adults.
Try setting up a date night with your spouse, or a girl’s night out where you can let your hair down and have some adult fun. You’ll be surprised at how good it feels to talk about adult topics rather than asking “who colored on the wall?”
You Have Trouble Sleeping
If you find it hard to fall asleep at night — even after an exhausting day — you may be too stressed out and need a break.
If you can’t take a day for yourself, at least try to find small things you can do throughout the day to relax. You can read a chapter of a book whenever you get a chance, or you can take up a creative hobby like painting or coloring (learn more here). Anything that can distract you from the stress will help you fall asleep better at night.
If you just can’t seem to fall asleep no matter what you do, it could be a sign of insomnia and you should consult a doctor about your problems. Of course, this is usually a last resort: if you focus on killing your stress, you should be able to fall asleep.
The Only Physical Activity You Have is Chasing Your Kids
Exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress, and if the only exercise you get is chasing the kids down for bath time, then you may want to consider adding an exercise regimen to your life.
Just a few minutes a day can be enough to drain the stress away, making you feel reinvigorated. There are simple exercises you can do without any equipment, or you can try yoga or pilates. Just try to find something that works your muscles and gets your heart rate up and you’ll feel the stress melt away.
If you’ve experienced these signs, do yourself a favour a take a break. Your family with thank you!