Simple Self Care When Your Days Feel Hectic AF

December 14, 2023

The already bustling lives of Mums can transform into a whirlwind of activities and obligations during this festive season and the idea of self-care can seem like even more of an unattainable luxury. This article is here to debunk the myth that self-care requires extensive free time, or separation from your children or loved ones. Let’s explore practical ways to create moments of self-care amidst the festive frenzy.

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1. Shift In Mindset

Mammas need to shift the mindset that self care is something we can ONLY do when we have buckets loads of ‘free time’ or, are away from our children, or loved ones. Embracing small moments and recognizing the value of self-care in everyday life is crucial. Remember, it’s not about the quantity of time but the quality of the moments you carve out for yourself. Deep breaths as you serve kids dinner, laying on the floor for 5mins whilst kids play, noise cancelling headphones whilst kids watch TV. Do what you can, when you can. It all adds up!

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2. Utilize Transitions

Transition periods during your day can serve as perfect opportunities for self-care. These moments act as bridges between different roles, allowing you to set boundaries and ease the transition between tasks.

  • Transition Detour (Creating space between responsibilities): Stopping to create space before stepping into your next environment or responsibility. Between work and home, between home and work, between activities with the kids and home. This can be as simple as stopping for 2mins on the way home at a park, or just relaxing in your car, breathing and resetting.
  • Transition Activity (Separating work from home): This involves doing the same thing everyday when you leave your work environment – the activity serves as a signal to the brain that its time to switch off. This can also be used at home or between other activities (ie. a big deep breath, letting your hair down, changing your shirt or shoes, putting your fav song on your headphones or in the car)

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3. Simple Breathwork

Understanding how to regulate your nervous system through breath and integrating breathwork into your day can a powerful tool for managing stress and creating a sense of calm. Here are two breathwork activities you might like to try:

  • Regulating: During stressful moments, practice resonance breathing. Breath in for 5, breath out for 5, repeat for 2 minutes.
  • Calming: To craft more calm into the chaos, try splicing Longer Exhale Breathing into your routine. Breath in for 5, breath out for 7. You may want to increase this to breathing in for 6 and out for 9. Repeat for 2 mins.

**NB: All breath patterns work best if you are inhaling into and exhaling out of your nose. If you’re unable to do this, try inhaling through your nose and exhaling out of your mouth. If you are unable to use your nose for breathing at all, slow everything down when breathing in and out of your mouth.

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This article was written in collaboration with our resident Life Coach and Breathwork Facilitator, Darielle Bown. Darielle discusses the above strategies in more detail in our online VIP Facebook group.

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