Hey Moms! Good job getting through another day of chaos without losing it. Get yourselves a cup of coffee or tea (your kids must be angels if tea works for you), and take five minutes to breathe. You deserve it. Truth be told, you deserve much more than 5 minutes of uninterrupted time for yourself. And while we are being honest, it’s not so much the busy schedule and lack of time that stops us from taking a few hours off. It’s the feeling of guilt and selfishness that we are doing something only for ourselves. Well, take it from a mom, stop feeling like that!
Motherhood is a beautiful and rewarding journey, but it can also be demanding and stressful. With the responsibilities of raising children, managing a household, and often working outside the home, mothers are real-life heroes, with a dozen of job-titles. So, a bit of self-care and leisure activities will not only help in maintaining physical well-being but are sometimes the only way not to ’lose your marbles’. Here, we have 10 relaxing leisure activities that you can indulge in to unwind, de-stress, and recharge. And, since we don’t want to add to the stress, we chose budget-friendly ones.
One of the simplest yet most satisfying leisure activities for a lot of mothers is reading. A good book can transport you to different worlds and provide a much-needed escape from the daily grind. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, self-help, or a classic novel, losing yourself in the pages of a book can be incredibly relaxing. Create a cozy reading nook in your home, grab a cup of tea, and let the words carry you away.
Meditation and Yoga
Meditation and yoga are powerful tools for relaxation and stress relief. They promote mindfulness and help you stay present in the moment. Mothers can find peace and balance in these practices, which not only soothe the mind but also improve physical well-being. There are many online resources and apps available that offer guided meditation and yoga sessions for all levels, making it easy to incorporate these activities into your daily routine.
Spending time in nature is a great way to relax and recharge. Taking a leisurely walk in a nearby park, forest, or along a scenic trail will allow you to connect with the natural world, reduce stress, and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Nature walks offer a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in tranquility. They are nice with the family too, but if you need some space, go by yourself.
Art and Creative Expression
Engaging in creative activities such as painting, drawing, or crafting can be a wonderful way for mothers to unwind and tap into their artistic side. You don’t have to be an expert artist to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of creative expression. It’s an excellent outlet for emotions, and the process of creating something beautiful can be immensely satisfying. You can borrow your kids’ art supplies or use some materials already have.
Spa Day at Home
You don’t have to book an expensive spa day to pamper yourself, although that would be nice. With a few simple supplies like scented candles, essential oils, and soothing music, you can create a spa-like atmosphere right in your own home. Take a long bath, give yourself a facial, and ask your partner for a relaxing massage to ease tension and rejuvenate your body and mind.
Gardening is a calming and rewarding leisure activity that allows us to connect with the earth and enjoy the beauty of a well-tended garden. Whether you have a small balcony garden or a sprawling backyard, tending to plants, flowers, or even a vegetable patch can be a source of immense satisfaction and relaxation. It will be your personal creation.
Keeping a journal can be a therapeutic way to process thoughts and emotions. It’s a way to put some order in your head. Writing down your experiences, dreams, and reflections can provide clarity and help you gain perspective on various aspects of your life. Journaling is a private and personal activity that can be done at your own pace and on your own terms.
Cooking and Baking
Cooking and baking can be a delightful leisure activity for those who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Not me, I must admit. But my friends claim that trying out new recipes, experimenting with flavors, and creating delicious meals or treats can be a creative and satisfying endeavor. Allegedly, the act of cooking itself can be meditative and provide a sense of accomplishment. Fine, I believe them.
Music and Dance
My personal favourite. Listening to music or dancing to your favourite tunes is an excellent way to relax and let loose. Music has the power to uplift your mood and transport you to different emotional states. Whether you’re dancing in the living room or simply sitting and enjoying your favorite music, it can be a therapeutic escape from the demands of motherhood.
Your Forgotten Hobby
Rekindling or pursuing a hobby you used to enjoy is a fantastic way to relax and focus on your own interests. Whether it’s playing a musical instrument, practicing photography, or engaging in sports and fitness activities, having a hobby that brings joy and fulfillment is crucial for maintaining a balanced and happy life.
Remember that taking time for yourself is not selfish; it’s a necessity for maintaining your well-being, so you can be the best mother, partner, and individual you aspire to be. Whether you choose to read a book, meditate, immerse yourself in nature, or explore a creative outlet, make it a priority to indulge in these relaxing activities regularly. Your physical and mental health will thank you, and you’ll be better equipped to handle the demands of motherhood with a sense of calm and serenity.