Self Care Ideas for busy moms in quarantine
Trapped-at-home families with kids during the Coronavirus pandemic is really daunting. Schools closed down abruptly and a week later, national lockdown announced. Restaurants and parks announced themselves shut, until further notice.
Busy moms around the world got busier when they were suddenly required to come up with a plethora of indoor activities to keep kids busy and entertained the most of the day.
But let’s face it, lockdown or no lockdown, if you are a mom, you are busy.
That means you need a little pampering here and there. But who has the time? If you have a free moment, an extra load of laundry could get done. You could clear up the kitchen counter or spend some more time with your husband with an extra coffee.
For all of these reasons mom pampering- often gets overlooked.
But what if I told you there were ways to pamper yourself that were super simple? Ways that do not require large amounts of time or advanced planning? Would you do it then?
I’m betting yes. Because if you’re trying to be a super mom then you need a break. You deserve a break
You will feel so much better and saner and bring that positive energy back to your home.
And, husbands should also understand that when Mom gets some time to herself, she is re-energised and re-set, ready to take on the next challenge.
Here are 14 self care ideas for all those busy moms in quarantine with little children
Feed Yourself well
Feed yourself when you feed your children. Eat the things you give your kids. A mom, will always feed nutrient dense foods to her babies. These foods are healthy and fresh. They are aimed at helping your children grow well and they are of the best quality. Will you not as a mom also benefit from consuming these? Not only will you have more energy at the end of the day, you will also get better hair and fresher skin.
Wake up early
Getting up early instills you with positivity. Get up an hour earlier just to spend time with yourself. Treat yourself to a glass of warm lemon water and soak in the fresh air.
Stick to realistic exercises
It is difficult for mothers who really have no time to hit the gym everyday or even twice a week. This results in us putting on a lot of extra weight leaving us feeling miserable. But you can chuck the gym, if you stick to realistic exercises.
Jumping jacks or lunges . Walking up and down the stairs do not require any special equipment or trips to the gym. Start small and build your way to it.
Clear your head completely with guided meditation
Keeping up with the hectic pace of running a family while tending to toddlers and kids during this period of self isolation and lock-down; leaves mothers stressed and stretched. In more ways than one, the moment we become a mother is the moment our needs and desires take a backseat.
It necessarily implies sacrifice stress and pain. There’s no way around this truth, and for me each headache is worth it. That said, it is our duty as mothers to take care of ourselves, so that we may best take care of our children. I’ve found tremendous comfort in the regularity of meditation.
Every aspect of our mental peace begins with us. Be encouraged to investigate your hollistic wellbieng through guided meditation which in turn will guide you to a calm equilibrium.
Change your routine
Cut on sugar
There is no universally ideal time than this, to bring about a complete lifestyle and diet change. The world has paused. Air is cleaner and spring is in full bloom. Restaurants around the world have closed forcing people to eat healthy home-cooked meals. Shouldn’t we as mothers use this time to heal ourselves too?
While going completely sugar-free may sound harsh in the beginning, you do yourself a great favor by cutting down on sugar in your regular diet. I remember during my college days when I started getting acne, cutting down on sugar proved a game changer. Consuming less sugar not only clears skin, it also helps in healthy weight management during postpartum and in maintaining overall good health.
TAKE YOUR VITAMIN C
Along with boasting some major health benefits, vitamin C is good for your skin. Dermatalogists note that it stimulates collagen production, improving the skin’s texture and quality. Luckily many fruits and vegetables contain adequate amounts of vitamin C; so getting it from a normal healthy, balanced diet is easy.
Best sources of vitamin C
All citrus fruits
Green and red peppers
WASH YOUR HANDS AT REGULAR INTERVALS
During a global pandemic such as this one, one of the easiest and cheapest ways to contain the spread of the virus is to wash your hands frequently. Very important for moms at home to be extra….extra careful while they prepare food at home, so germs aren’t unwittingly transferred while changing diapers, handling pet food or caring for sick.
Encourage children to wash their hands frequently. Wash your hands with your child to show, how it’s done. To prevent rushing, suggest washing hands as long as it takes to finish singing a favorite five sentence long poem twice.
Acquire a hobby or something you like to do
Do acquire a hobby or something you like to do. Stress can severely hinder productivity, particularly during this time in quarantine when you are locked up behind doors with toddlers and little children.
Some hobbies have been scientifically proven to help reduce stress. Picking up these hobbies, even if it’s just here and there can help us relax and feel less bothered by external life factors we can’t control. Consider these, if you are looking to unwind a bit:
Yoga ~ perhaps the most obvious option, no secret to yoga helping reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Reading ~ Curl up with a book and watch all your worries melt away. A good book has always been my go-to retreat whenever stress gets to me. Escaping your own reality for a bit can be beneficial and reading also works psychologically to reduce muscle tension and slow down heart rate.
Knitting ~ There’s a reason why so many like to sit around all day and peacefully create scarves and blankets. If you know how to knit, there couldn’t be a better use to quarantine.
Writing ~ Whether you like to write in a diary or blog, expressing yourself through writing can help you release negative emotions. f you are considering to start a blog, this guide on how to start a blog to make money and build a business should be handy.
Gardening ~ If you like me do not have an outside lawn to plant those seeds; try starting an indoor or balcony garden. Here is a list of 7 Best indoor plants that survive in limited light” and “10 Air purifying indoor plants anyone can grow” to freshen up the air indoors.
Change your bedspreads and pillow covers regularly
Laundry is no one’s favourite thing to do. But who doesn’t love a good night’s rest on fresh sheets? If you want to avoid dust mites, allergic reactions, bed bugs and acne, a great place to start is maintaining the cleanliness of your bed by changing the linen once a week.
Being well rested will help to recalibrate your baseline if you are a mother of a toddler or young children. Easier said than done. And I, need to practice what I preach. But my kids are now 5 and 10 and my life is pretty much on track. I catch up on lost sleep during the day if I miss out at night.
Sound sleep for mothers of young kids will naturally help you feel more optimistic, patient, and relaxed (even if nothing really changes), which means you’ll have an easier time coping with all of life’s little curve balls.
Have a cup of your favorite beverage as a couple
You might do this every morning, but do you really enjoy it?
Set out to really enjoy it this time. A nice flavoured beverage instead of the plain old stuff. Take it to a comfortable spot and just sip it and enjoy it with your better half. It’s not about just waking up, getting your caffeine fix, or simple hydration. Try this warm floral tea for a delicious variation to enjoy the quite moment.
Set up a Spa at home
Set up a spa at home just to pamper yourself. Burn some scented candles and enjoy a homespa day treatment. I love to have fun DIY at home spa day day treatments. Start by setting the mood! Put on some calming music and create the perfect spa scent while you get things ready. A bath is a fabulous way to set yourself up for a restful slumber. Learn how you can use essential oils to give yourself a luxurious bath at home.
Use Aloe Vera to solve all beauty needs during quarantine
It’s quarantine time and all beauty parlors and massage salons have been shut. Did you know, Aloe Vera could solve almost all your beauty needs? AloeVera is one of the most common ingredients in beauty and skincare products, mainly because it is beneficial to all skin types. It hydrates, rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin, keeping it fresh at all times. Here’s how you can use aloe Vera to benefit your skin, hair and improve overall immunity.
Wear a fancy outfit at home
As we progress into the third week of quarantine (that’s how it is where I live) days are staring to blur together. Since work from home is the new temporary normal, all of us mom’s get to the point where we just wear sweat pants and t-shirts all the time. Make-up? Who has the time? And fancy clothes seem impractical. May be they are, but don’t you feel pretty and happy in them?
Chose a day and dress up only for your husband and kids. Do your hair, put make up, wear earrings. You’ll feel happy and confident just knowing that you look good. At least for today.
Busy moms can have a hard time squeezing self care routine into their days. But it is important for the health of our family, we make an effort to care for ourselves. What are your favourite quarantine beauty hacks? Share in the comments below!
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Myth or fact: How much do you know about COVID-19?
1.5G mobile networks DO NOT spread COVID-19
2. Exposing yourself to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25C degrees DOES NOT prevent the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
3. You can recover from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Catching the new coronavirus DOES NOT mean you will have it for life.
4. Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease.
5. Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous
6. COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
7. Cold weather and snow CANNOT kill the new coronavirus.
8. Taking a hot bath does not prevent the new coronavirus disease.
9. The new coronavirus CANNOT be transmitted through mosquito bites.
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