Ever find yourself wishing for just a few minutes to yourself before bed? A recent reports shares that there is an increased prevalence of insomnia among women. With the constant demands of home, work, and trying to balance everything, moms often fall into bed without taking a few minutes to wind down from their beautifully busy days. Using a few of these time-saving secrets for moms can carve out a few minutes of your day for yourself and show you how to wind down in just a few minutes.
Enlist help from your family
Among the many time-saving ideas for working moms is the realization that you cannot do it all by yourself. If you are the type of person who can’t relax until the kitchen is clean after dinner or must have the laundry put away each night, put your family members to work. Even the littlest of littles can help out by sweeping the floor, putting away silverware, or rinsing dishes. Set the kitchen timer for 10 minutes, put everyone to work, and race against the clock.
Write it down
When your mind is constantly on tomorrow’s events, it’s impossible to relax. Utilize a planner system that works for your lifestyle, and as you find your mind dwelling on the next day’s tasks, simply write them down and let them go.
Hug it out
Spend some time cuddling with your tall or small significant others. Physical contact builds intimacy and banishes stress.
Stretch it out
Yoga has countless benefits for its practitioners, from increased flexibility and tone to relaxation and better sleep.
Take an essential oil bath
About an hour before bedtime, give yourself 10 minutes to decompress in the bathtub. Pour some essential oils into the water and lie back to relax while the oils soothe your spirit and moisturize your body. Roman chamomile or lavender scents are particularly good for encouraging relaxation of the mind, body, and spirit.
Enjoy a hot cup of herbal tea
Herbal tea is a wonderful way to relax after a long day or on a cold evening. Herbal teas come in a wide variety of flavors, but teas that include ginseng, lemon balm, passion flower, hops, holy basil, chamomile, and lavender are particularly good for relaxing. Try a few until you find one that suits your taste and provides the relaxation you crave.
Listen to soothing music
Consider turning off the television and playing some soothing music in the evening instead. Choose instrumental jazz or classical to soothe your mind.
Banish work from the bedroom
It’s tempting to sit in bed and watch television while catching up on work email or finishing up a project. The truth is that we sleep better if we save our bedrooms for sleep and intimacy.
Read something you enjoy
We spend a good deal of time each day reading. From news to email, we face a barrage of written words. But when was the last time you luxuriated over your favorite magazine? To save time and money, invest in a yearly subscription and ensure that your favorite magazine is delivered to your home regularly.
Enjoy the sounds of silence
Never underestimate the power of silence. Just 10 minutes spent in silent meditation have enormous benefits to your body and soul. Actually, people who meditate regularly have shown reduced stress and improvement in chronic medical conditions, such as fibromyalgia.
As busy people, we moms need a little time to transition from a day full of activity to a restful night’s sleep. We know that creating a bedtime routine is key to successful sleep for our babies, but we don’t give ourselves that same indulgence. So treat yourself tonight with one or two ideas from our list and reap the benefits.