Feeling tired mummy?
As parents we rush around our children in fear that we aren’t doing enough for them. You find yourself lying awake at night worrying over silly things like whether or not you should have let them have that bowl of ice cream before dinner, or whether because that one morning you were too damn tired to make them breakfast, which resulted in them having a chocolate bar will affect the type of person they’re going to grow up and be.
Parenting is single handedly one of the most difficult things that you can take on in your life. Hats off to those of you that have a handful of children and seem to breeze through life.
Mums are nurses, teachers, best friends, a wiper of tears, cleaners, cooks, the bad one, cuddlers, treat givers and much more. We never take any time to ourselves because we either don’t get the time to, or when we do that one thing for ourselves we are riddled with guilt because that love, time and energy could have been spent on our children.
The thing is, we need to take the time every now and then to relax and rejuvenate. Otherwise, we become this ball of hot fiery rage that explodes at something as simple as not being able to find a matching pair of socks. So to all of the Mums reading this and nodding along, take time for you, and use these suggestions to your advantage to ensure that you’re the amazing Mum you need to be.
Treating yourself every once in awhile to something new that will make you feel glamorous or at least less conscious about the bleach stains on all of your clothes. Why not bring brightness into your life and shop for sundresses that will give you your femininity back? A dress can completely change how you look and feel, and you deserve to feel good even if you’re only showing it off on the school run or on a quick dash to the shops.
Once the children are in bed, take yourself off for a long and hot bath and allow it to take you away for a while. It will give you complete relaxation and will allow you to de-stress and rejuvenate for the day ahead. Why not add a bath bomb, a face mask, and painting your nails to the mix too? You will wake the next morning feeling super refreshed.
Another thing that we all need to do is to catch up with friends from time to time. You might text or call them regularly, how often do you find yourself the time to meet up with them away from the children for a good old chinwag? Find a babysitter and take yourself off for the afternoon to catch up with a friend, put the world to rights and more importantly, begin to feel like a normal functioning human again.
It’s understandable that finding a babysitter might be difficult, and if this is the case then why not have the girlies round for a chat and a catch up? If they’ve got children too you could turn it into a playdate for your kids, and it might even mean you get ten minutes of solid chat before something goes wrong with the kids and one comes in crying. Alternatively, you could head out to the local park with the kiddies and enjoy some fresh air with your friends and a picnic.
Don’t worry, that’s not being left off the list. Buy yourself some wine to enjoy either alone or with friends once the kids are snoozing. Let the amazing taste take you away while the warmth it gives you destress you from your day. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of wine (or two) (or three) from time to time.
The Final Say
Although our children are the lights of our lives, we need to take time to ourselves so that we can continue being exactly what they need to grow and develop into amazing human beings. Make sure at least once a week you’re taking a little bit of time for yourself so that you can feel like yourself again, and truly enjoy your bundles of joy rather than dreading each day as it comes. Look after you so you can look after them.
Note: This is a collaborative post.