Mother’s Day 2023 is here, and we want to say a big thank you to all moms who go out of their way, every day to support their family and loved ones. Women by nature are nurturers, and it can be hard for a mom to put her feet up and relax, with a zillion chores and tasks running through her mind. But to show up fully for life’s various commitments, moms need to realise that slowing down does wonders to reboot and re-energise. To help mothers stay healthy and cope with the pressures of daily life, here are five easy mental health tips for moms to keep in mind this Mother’s Day 2023.
1) Get enough sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. However, for moms, this can be easier said than done. From late-night feedings to early morning school drop-offs, it can be hard to squeeze in enough sleep.
That said, it is important to prioritise sleep whenever possible. This may mean going to bed earlier or taking a nap during the day. To help improve sleep quality, try to establish a bedtime routine. This can include reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing.
By getting enough sleep, moms can help reduce stress, improve their mood, and increase their overall energy levels. So, if you are a mom struggling to get enough sleep, know that taking steps to prioritise your rest can make a huge difference in how you feel both physically and mentally.
2) Eat healthy and regularly
One of the most important things that moms can do for their mental and physical health is to eat healthy and regularly. It’s no secret that taking care of kids and managing a home can be exhausting, and many moms end up neglecting their own nutrition needs. However, it’s crucial to prioritise healthy eating to keep your energy levels up and feel good about yourself.
When we talk about eating healthy, we don’t necessarily mean that you have to cook elaborate meals from scratch. Instead, focus on incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet and avoid overly processed and sugary foods. Preparing simple meals and snacks that are easy to grab and eat on the go can also be a game-changer for busy moms.
Additionally, it’s essential to eat regularly throughout the day to keep your metabolism working and your energy levels stable. Skipping meals or relying on caffeine and sugar to get through the day will only lead to a crash later on.
Here are some quick tips for healthy eating:
– Keep a variety of healthy snacks on hand, such as nuts, fresh fruit, and veggies.
– Make simple meals that can be prepared ahead of time, like a big batch of ground masala or chopped vegetables that can be used for multiple meals.
– Avoid buying junk food and sugary snacks. Instead, opt for healthier options like makhanas, protein bars, or dark chocolate.
Taking care of yourself starting this Mother’s Day through healthy eating will not only make you feel better physically, but it will also boost your mental health and make you feel more confident and capable as a mom.
It’s no secret that exercise is good for your physical health, but did you know that it’s also great for your mental health? Exercise has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, boost your mood, and increase your overall sense of well-being.
Finding time to exercise as a mom can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. You don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment to get a good workout in. Try going for a walk or run in the morning before your day gets too busy. You could also do a workout video on YouTube during naptime or while your kids are occupied with an activity.
If you’re struggling to find motivation to exercise, try finding an accountability partner or joining a fitness group. You’ll have the support and encouragement you need to keep going, even on those days when you don’t feel like it.
Remember, exercise doesn’t have to be intense or long. Even just 10-15 minutes of movement a day can make a difference in your mental and physical health. So take a break from your daily routine and prioritise exercise as a way to improve your overall well-being.
4) Take breaks
It’s easy for moms to get caught up in the demands of daily life, but taking breaks is crucial for your mental and physical health. When you’re constantly busy, it’s easy to overlook the importance of self-care and taking a break from the daily routine. However, breaks can be a great way to recharge and refocus, allowing you to better handle stress and any challenges that may arise.
Taking breaks can be as simple as stepping away from the task at hand and taking a few deep breaths. Try going for a walk outside, reading a book, or listening to some music to clear your mind. You may also consider finding a hobby or activity that you enjoy, such as yoga, painting, or gardening, to help you unwind and relax.
Remember, taking a break doesn’t mean neglecting your responsibilities as a mom. It simply means prioritising your mental and physical health, so you can be a better caregiver for your family. By taking the time to recharge, you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges of motherhood with more energy and enthusiasm. So, take a break this Mother’s Day, you deserve it!
5) Ask for help
One of the hardest things for many moms to do is to ask for help. But, sometimes, it is necessary. Asking for help does not make you weak. It actually shows that you are strong and brave enough to acknowledge that you need support.
You can reach out to family, friends, or even professionals for help. Ask a family member or friend to watch the kids for an hour or two so you can take some time for yourself. You can also consider hiring a babysitter for some time. Alternatively, you can seek professional help through therapy or counseling if you feel like you need it.
Asking for help not only takes a load off your shoulders but it also sets an excellent example for your children. It shows them that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it and that they should not be ashamed or afraid to do so.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to delegate tasks around the house. Sometimes, as moms, we tend to feel like we have to do everything ourselves. However, this is not the case. You can delegate tasks to your kids and your spouse to help lighten your load. For instance, your kids can help with chores like cleaning the house or doing laundry. Your spouse can also help with cooking meals or running errands.
Remember, you are not alone. There are people around you who are more than willing to help. All you have to do is ask. By taking some time for yourself and delegating tasks to others, you’ll have more energy and be in a better position to take care of your kids and yourself.
On this Mother’s Day 2023, we want all moms out there to remember that taking care of their own mental and physical health is just as important as taking care of their family. So, moms, don’t forget to prioritise yourselves, even when you’re taking care of everyone else. You deserve it, and your family will thank you for it! Happy Mother’s Day!