As a mom, it’s okay to prioritize rest and find ways to practice it. Being a mom is a full-time job that requires constant attention, care, and love. However, it can be easy to forget that taking care of yourself is just as important.
Let’s explore the reasons why rest is important and ways that moms can make rest a priority in their lives.
Rest is essential for our physical and mental well-being. It helps to reduce stress, improve our mood, and increase our energy levels. When we don’t get enough rest, we become more irritable, easily fatigued, and less productive.
As a mom, it’s important to prioritize rest and take care of yourself, so you can better care for your family. Prioritizing rest can help you feel more relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated, making you a happier and more present mom.
Ways to Prioritize Rest
Take a Break
It’s okay to take a break from your busy schedule. Even if it’s just for a few minutes, take some time to sit down, relax, and clear your mind. You can use this time to read a book, take a bath, listen to music, or simply sit in silence.
Ask for Help
Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your own. It’s okay to ask for help from your partner, family, or friends. They can help you with household chores, take care of the kids, or simply provide emotional support.
Mindfulness meditation or breathing exercises can help you relax and reduce stress. Find a quiet place where you can sit comfortably, close your eyes, and focus on your breath.
Even just a few minutes of mindfulness can help you feel more centered and calm.
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and improve your mood. Find an activity you enjoy, such as yoga, running, or swimming, and try to incorporate it into your daily routine.
Pro Tip: A 20-minute walk or workout can make a big difference.
Outsource Some Tasks
If you can afford it, consider outsourcing some household tasks like cleaning, laundry, or grocery shopping. This can free up some time for you to rest and take care of yourself.
I personally utilize grocery services like Thrive Market and Ecart. It saves me time, energy, and money.
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Say No to Unnecessary Commitments
This has been something I have learned the hard way. Be mindful of your commitments and say no to anything that is not essential or that will add more stress to your life. Remember it’s okay to prioritize rest and take care of yourself.
Take a Nap
Here is your permission to nap. Seriously! I know we so often feel guilty for sitting but if your body is telling you to rest, listen!
If your children are napping or at school, take a nap too. Even just a short power nap can help you feel more refreshed and energized.
Social Media Break
Scrolling social media may “feel” like rest, but I promise it is not. Be mindful of the time you are scrolling. Set screen limits for yourself and even practice screen-free days.
Prioritize Rest As A Mom
Being a mom is a challenging job that requires a lot of hard work and dedication. However, it’s important to remember that taking care of yourself is just as important.
If you can prioritize rest can help you feel more relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated, making you a happier and more present mom. Try some of the tips above to practice rest and care for yourself. Remember, it’s okay to prioritize rest and make yourself a priority too!
Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.
She serves on the hospital board for Northern Nevada Health Systems and is passionate about her community.
Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, traveling, working out, coffee, and dessert!