Written by Momcents Mom, Krista
If nothing else, these last 6 months have forced me to slow down. No school to volunteer at, no games to go to, no practices to race to. And although I miss all of those things fiercely, I know I will look back at this time I've had with my family and be so happy we got this time together with little to no distraction. But being home mostly all day with 3 kids for months and months with little to do can sometimes be overwhelming. I LOVE being a mom but sometimes moms need to remember to take care of themselves.
The things that have kept me sane recently are daily walks with my dog, Bo. Sometimes more than one walk depending on the weather. We go just the two of us or we find a friend to join. The fresh air and exercise are an instant mood booster. And with everyone in the same boat not having a lot to do it is so fun to see all the people out walking.
I also love going out back and sitting in silence on a nice day. No TV blaring. No kids yelling. Just a peaceful moment to warm up in the sun.
If I can, I try to wake up before the kids and have time to drink my coffee alone. Get my mind right before we start the day.
Sometimes self-care is a bath in the evening when my husband is home. Or locking myself in our room with a pint of Baskin Robbins Jamoca Almond Fudge like I am doing as I type (thankfully I went on a long walk this morning!)
I encourage all moms and dads to do something for themselves today. It makes me a better mom and wife. It can be very simple things that give me renewed energy. It may be as simple as a walk or a bath or treating yourself to a drive-through Diet Coke. Just do it. You’ll thank yourself later!