We’ve all had them. The days where you are down to your last shred of energy when you put your kid(s) to bed, and you just. need. a. minute.
If you don’t unwind before tucking in for the night, you’re likely to feel those effects carry into the next day. Which isn’t good for anyone, “if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.” Am I right?
A single night of sleep loss can be measured… with blood samples that show its effect on hormones, [and] visually… by reaction times. The problem of fatigue is shown in… how it affects one’s body and mind… You’ll be hungrier… You may get sick easier… You’re more stressed…Your memory is impaired… You may be more emotional…. You don’t look your best…
Quotes compiled as a summary of this very interesting article.
So let’s all agree we’ve got to wind down properly before bed.
Here are some of my favorite quick & easy ways to unwind after a busy day…
Pour yourself a glass of wine
Something about pouring a glass of something adult when you finally get a moment to yourself is so relieving. Me? I’m a red wine kinda girl.
Although, even if you don’t drink alcohol, you can enjoy a favorite (non-caffeinated) beverage before bed.
Take a relaxing, hot bath
Imagine this. Your kiddo is in bed, your hubby just turned on ESPN, and you get to take a little time all to yourself… amazing, right?
Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my family! But I’m an introvert and require regular alone time to recharge.
This mama enjoys her hot baths with scented bath salts and a good novel. Sign me up!
Get moving (exercise)
It doesn’t have to be something super crazy, even a quick 15 minutes of yoga or an 8 minute HIIT workout are what you need. In fact, exercise is proven to help reduce stress. Get it girl!
Unless you’d rather hop in the bath with a glass of wine, and then I totally get that too!
Paint Your Nails
Is it just me, or does no one else take the time to paint their nails?
I rarely do. And I definitely never paint my fingernails – they chip too soon, which bugs me.
But I do like to have a pretty color on my toenails; it makes me feel like a whole new woman. Neon pink? Yes! Dark purple? Yes! Teal? Yes!!
Find Something that tickles your funny bone
Watch or read something that makes you laugh.
It doesn’t take much convincing for me to indulge in a little laughter. Laughing is literally one of my very favorite things to do.
I get my jollies from the occasional mom humor on YouTube or a funny pin on Pinterest. My whole mood lifts and I can often just feel the stress melt away.
…Just don’t get to cackling too hard and wake up that kiddo!
Pump up the jams!
Listen to some music. The type all depends on your mood… are you worn out and void of all energy? or still angry from something earlier in the day?
You do you and listen to your favorite music. You may be surprised how rejuvenating this can be.
Sometimes the day calls for a jammin’ rock session to let loose – get it girl! Or sometimes you may need a little Frank Sinatra to feed your soul, I get that too.
(In case you were curious, usually for me it’s more of the latter. But I’m an old soul.)
Listen to it out loud while you tidy up the living room. Occasionally take small breaks to close your eyes and sing along as if you were the most awesome duet partner ever. (No? Just me?) Or even put on your headphones and feel the rhythm in your bones.
…This last one isn’t exactly a way to wind down before bed, but encouragement to go to bed a little earlier if you need it…
Get Some Extra Sleep
Don’t discount the value of good sleep. And don’t feel guilty when you head to bed before your hubby.
You are allowed to feel tired when you’re tired. You’ll be a much better mom, wife, and friend if you are well rested.
So if you need to go to bed early occasionally, ignore that guilt, put on your coziest PJs and curl up in bed. Sleep tight, pretty lady!
I am big on the saying “you do you” – and it is a motto I have always lived by. You need to take care of yourself. Take a few minutes to do what you need to unwind. And enjoy it!
Your hubby will likely be so glad you took some time for yourself and may even enjoy the alone time to unwind himself.
What are some of your favorite ways to relax or unwind? I’d love to hear them!