Mommas…does it feel like your mind is always running a mile a minute? Could you use a little more downtime to help get your brain to turn off even if it’s just for a few minutes. For us moms, it seems that our brains are always going with all the ever running list going through our heads. It is so hard to shut it all down for a few minutes just to get some focused quiet time to spend on yourself. So here is a list of our favorite 5 great selfcare gifts for moms that need downtime.
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Weighted Blanket. When your mind is running a mile a minute at night and you just want to have a little radio silence, wrap yourself in a weighted blanket. The slight pressure you get from the weight feels like a warm hug and helps relieve the stress and tension from the day and sends relaxing signals straight to your brain quieting all the thoughts that keep you awake at night.
Journal. Journaling once a day is a great selfcare tool. Whether you journal to practice gratitude, self motivation or just keep a log of your running thoughts, the practice of writing gives you a bit of down time to focus on yourself and your needs. There are all kinds of journals and you are sure to find the one that is perfect for you whether it be a bullet journal or a prompt journal like The Mom Forum Selfcare Workbook.
Bath Tray. A nice hot bath can be a great way to get some quiet down time and give yourself a moment to unwind from the day of the week. Having a tray to keep your book or glass of wine at your finger tips while you sit in a nice hot bath only makes it that much better. You will wonder how you have taken baths without it.
Adult Coloring Book. Some times moms just need to zone out and do a mindless activity. There is no better thing for this than an adult coloring book. Find the style that works for you, buy yourself your own set of markers or coloring pencils and find a quiet spot to mindlessly color your stress away.
Meditation Pillow. Some people see meditation as just some new age fad reserved for yogi gurus but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Taking just 5-10 minutes to sit quietly at the beginning or end of your day can make all the difference in the world. Taking that small amount of down time in your day can help you feel more focused and reduce stress levels throughout your day. And having a special spot just for that will make you want to do it even more. So grab a meditation pillow and add a 10 minute meditation to you day.
Could you use more downtime in your day? Which one would you love for yourself?
Elisha Beach is a stay-at-home mom to four kids and four step-kids…Yes, you read that right—eight kids. She is a wife, home cook, taxi driver, herder of children, terrible housekeeper and founder of The Mom Forum.
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