Evening and night time is a GREAT part of the day to add in a little recharge!
At the end of the day do you relax? Or, are you similar to me and it is go go go until chores are done and everyone is in bed? Sound familiar? I am guilty of forgetting to put myself first at the end of the day. Sometimes I feel like I can’t keep up and by the time I actually think about self care, it is too late and time for me to go to bed.
These options of personal care later in the day are so simple and don’t take much time at all. They are easy and they leave no room for pushing self care aside. And, some can be done with kids or your family and are good for the soul at the same time. Come on Mama, you got this one!
You can try stargazing solo or with your family. Either way it is relaxing and intriguing at the same time. Watch for shooting stars. Look for a satellite. Do you know the difference? Shooting stars eventually burn up when they enter Earth’s atmosphere. Satellites stay lit from the suns reflection, until they pass into the shadow from Earth. The constantly glow. And, airplanes have bilking lights. Check out this basic stargazing guide here.
When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain. Here is why laughing is proven to be a health benefit.
Light a Candle
It is amazing how a candle can warm your spirit! Not to mention the great aromatherapy that goes along with them! Candles create a peacefully and relaxing environment. Pregnant? Try a soy candle.
Take a Nap
I get it. Taking a nap happened when you were single, not now as a parent. Do you have an evening napper? Take a nap when they do! Or, try going to bed 30 minutes earlier for a few extra Zzz’s. Try a nap on the weekend when your partner can fly solo watching the kids. It is not easy to squeeze a nap in for any parent, but when you find the opportunity, seize the moment! Extra rest will help you feel recharged and more relaxed at the same time. Health benefits of napping.
Grab some colored pencils and start doodling. Draw with your kids! Drawing is great for the mind and will connect you to a fun pastime. Here are some coloring pages for inspiration.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, WebMD