Sorry for the long time between posts. I had some computer issues and life in general got in the way. As a mom, I’m sure you know how that goes. Along with that, the past two weeks I had kids home sick from school. It’s that time of year I guess. One had Strep and the other a virus, what seemed like a mild case of the flu. Both were home for two days each, which meant my routine changed. And to be honest, taking 15 minutes for myself became a little more difficult. So I had to do some thinking and realized that even the little things could be enough to relax and spend some time for me. I’d like to share with you some of the things I came up with that you can do, even if you are pressed for time because you have a kid sick or life just gets in the way.
Relax in a Long, Hot Shower
This may sound a little silly, but for me, at least, taking a long, hot shower is a treat. I often find myself so busy throughout the day that I don’t take time for a long, hot shower. I might find a couple minutes to get in and wash off quick, or I might just put it off until tomorrow. But, to me, there are very few things that relax me more than just standing in the hot water. And even with a little one home sick, hopefully you can sneak away for a few minutes. Maybe when your spouse arrives home, an older sibling gets home from school, or even during a short naptime.
Take a nap
This may go without saying but if your little one (no matter what the age) is sleeping, try and sleep yourself. I know when my kids were sick, especially my younger one, I was up in the middle of the night. Needless to say I was tired the next day but had to tend to my normal daily stuff and comfort my kid who wasn’t feeling well. I remember longing for that night to come so I could go to bed and get a little more sleep. However, if your kid is sick more than likely he/she will take a nap at some point. If this opportunity arises, don’t get up and do the dishes or housework. Take a few minutes for yourself to relax and take a nap, rejuvenate so you can get through the rest of the day!
Watch a Show YOU Want to Watch
How often do you find yourself watching cartoons or some other show on pbs, netflix, or cartoon network? Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against those stations or streaming sources, I watch them plenty myself. However, there comes a time when watching something you want to rather than the latest cartoon is kind of nice. So if the opportunity arises, turn on a show you want to watch, even if for a little while.
Read a Book
When I was younger I remember spending entire days during the summer devouring a good book. Now I’m lucky to read a book in a year. I know this may seem sad but I just don’t find the time to sit down and read. In all honesty, what busy mom can sit down and read for an entire day. I know many moms find the time to read and that is not my point. But, if you enjoy reading, whether you do it a lot or a little, that would be a great thing to do to relax while your little one is recovering from whatever illness they may have.
Play a game
No, I don’t mean to sit and ignore your kids for the sake of games or to spend hours playing board or video games, but to spend a few minutes here and there might be just what you need. I have to admit I have a game on my phone that I play quite a bit. There is something relaxing and entertaining about accomplishing the goals within the game. So, if there is a game you enjoy on your phone take a time out and play for a few minutes while you are cuddling or have a child napping on you. It might just be the brain break you need.
Chat with a friend
Obviously I don’t encourage you to have a bunch of friends over if your child is sick, but in today’s world you can still chat despite having closed doors. You can you instant messenger someone, send a text, or even make a phone call. Plus there are video chats like skype, facebook, or facetime. You pick but there are ways to stay connected to friends even while cuddling your sweet child.
Listen to Music
I don’t know about you but sometimes listening to music can be one of the most relaxing things I could do. Turn the lights down low, close your eyes, and just relax. Let your child snuggle on you or nap while you take a minute to just rest and enjoy the atmosphere. Music can take a person to another place so give it a try.
Am I saying to eat an entire box of cookies or bags of candy? Heavens no. But science has shown that a little bit of dark chocolate (more than 70%) is good for you. And chocolate can be a feel good thing that boosts serotonin. So, keep a little dark chocolate, grab a square, and enjoy it.
Do Something you enjoy
Most of all, if you don’t like or want to try the things I mentioned above, do something you enjoy. Don’t get stuck in the rut that you can’t do something for you even if it’s as small as a healthy treat. I realize that there are extreme circumstances that may require more attention than others, but in most cases as moms we should be able to take a short break. So I encourage you, take time for you and do something you enjoy and share with me what you did for you today.