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These Top 10 Stress-reliever tips will help busy moms stay happy and sane during Remote Learning / Home Learning and quarantine this Fall. Tip # 5 is one of my faves and really helps me stay balanced.
The Importance of Stress-Relief during a Pandemic
Taking time for self-care and stress-relief has always been a struggle for busy moms.
Now, with kids learning from home and moms juggling more and more during this pandemic, it’s an even bigger challenge.
As I mentioned in my recent post Empowering Mantras for Moms, Moms carry the weight of the world on their shoulders and are notorious for putting stress-relief activities /self-care routines last on their To-Do List.
Ironically, as stress-levels continue to rise, it’s even more important now than ever to stay Stress-free.
Remember, stress directly impacts your immune system and you do not want a weaker immune system in the middle of a pandemic.
Check out these related posts for healthy living tips:
Top 10 Ways for MOMS to Stay Stress-Free During Remote Learning
It often feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, let alone make time for self-care or stress-relief.
I think the trick to making it happen is just being nimble and flexible.
Squeeze it in whenever you can and surround yourself with as many things that create a zenful home as possible.
And don’t forget to give yourself grace, just as we discussed in the Mantras for Moms post.
Here are my Top 10 Ways to Find Stress-Relief and Incorporate Self Care.
Remember, you don’t have to do all of them—but even if you do just a few, I promise you’ll feel a lot more balanced.
Tip #1: Carve out time for just YOU
The trick to carving out time during Remote Learning/Home School Learning is getting up early. I like to sneak out in the morning before my family is even awake and go for a hike.
And yes, I seriously SNEAK out. That’s the only way it’ll happen.
Other ideas you could do:
• Get up early for a walk/job/bike ride/hike
• Get up early and journal
• Get up early and do yoga
Whatever you do—MAKE SURE that it’s RELATED TO YOUR SOUL. Not work or family! Just YOU.
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Tip #2: Make some lemon water tea first thing in the am.
Lemon Water Tea clears out toxins and energizes you—similarly to Apple Cider Vinegar tea.
I learned this trick from my grandmother who survived the Holocaust. That woman was amazing at finding ways to make her feel more balanced.
DON’T SLAM IT BACK as you race around the house waking up the kids.
Sit down in a relaxing spot and set your intention for the day (ex: I will be focused on my goals. I won’t get stressed/ distracted by things I cannot control).
Or maybe recite some Mama Mantras (Grab your FREE Mantra Printable here)
Tip #3: Set your Intentions for the Day.
We often hear a lot of talk about “Intentions.”
Many people often wonder what the difference is between Intentions and Goals.
Difference between Intentions and Goals
Intentions are the feels you want to experience—example-accomplishment, or peace or more energy. Whereas the Goal is the tangible result.
For example: If you’re going hiking, you may say “My GOAL is to hike to the summit, while my INTENTION is to clear my head and feel relaxed in nature.”
So, setting your intentions helps keep you more emotionally balanced throughout the day. It allows you to set limits and think about if what you’re doing is helping ACHIEVE YOUR INTENTION.
Tip #4: Start or RE-start a gratitude journal.
Over the summer, Happy Planner released this one. And I’m obsessed.
The beautiful illustrations relax me and remind myself that I’m taking time for just ME.
It helps me stay present in the moment and think about how I want to do better tomorrow.
I’m not perfect and do miss some days. But it’s nice b/c it’s not dated so I can just pick up where I left off.
PRO TIP: Buying an undated gratitude journal can be key in stressful times like these because it allows you to just write the new date—NO JUDGEMENT.
The important thing about picking up where you left off is that you’re reminding yourself to be patient and give yourself grace.
Tip #5: Buy some new plants that will bring you joy/zen
Over this pandemic, I have completely become a Total Plant Lady. I love filling my house with beautiful greenery. It relaxes me and makes me smile.
I think it also helps me feel a sense of control – in an otherwise chaotic time.
If you’re new to household plants, start slow—buy a pathos or spider plant. They’re very forgiving.
Tip #6: Recite Mindfulness mantras to help you stay centered during the day
Being quarantined or socially distant for months on end is hard for everyone. We have to remember that this is not normal, even though it’s our NEW normal.
Grab my list of Mama Mantras to help stay strong during these stressful times.
You can do it! You’ve got this!
Humans are social creatures and were not meant to be isolated for this long. Everyone is feeling the strain. So we have to remember to patient with ourselves and our family members.
We also have to remember that we can’t do everything and need to ask for help when we need it (from helping with household chores to even just a listening ear—reach out and ask for assistance)
Tip #7: Make time to connect with friends
On Zoom or even just the phone, it doesn’t matter—just take time to connect with friends!
Do you remember how back in the day, it seemed like our moms used to be on the phone all the time?? And then when we got to middle/high, there was always a battle as to who got to use the one phone line in the house?
Well, I think our moms were on to something.
Moms NEED MOMS.
Just because we’re socially distant doesn’t mean we can’t be social. We need the camaraderie, the advice, the laughter.
Girls need to talk!
Tip #8: Take time in the evening to make time for you again…but this time to wind down.
- Read a book
- Do sukoku
- Do something with your hands (knit, crochet, do a puzzle or card game)
These all help your brain unwind and calm down.
Tip #9: Drink some relaxation tea before bed
Relaxation tea, something with chamomile, lavender, lemon, or valerian root, is great to help your body reset and obtain calm.
Wine seems to relax you but it will cause a restless sleep and then you’ll end up feeling more tire the next day. So it’s important to also incorporate relaxation tea to your evening to help get a better night’s sleep.
Tip #10. Try to schedule something out of the house once a week.
Getting out of the house is important for your mind/body/soul.
Change of scenery helps give you a new perspective on everything.
I’m a homebody and have to remind myself to do this too. It’s easy to get comfortable especially during times of chaos but we also need to get out (safely) and just get a change of scenery.
It’s important for your mind/body/soul and helps provide a new perspective on things.
You don’t need to go on a day trip (But if you do, check out my article on Tips for local trips during Covid).
You can just do simple things like family picnics, family bike ride, or explore a nearby state park. Just have fun and do something that you haven’t done in a while.
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HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!