If you’re a mom with little ones running around, it’s not uncommon to feel stressed or overwhelmed at times. Taking a few extra minutes out of your day to boost your mental health can have a big impact on your mood and quality of life and ultimately can help you fully enjoy every moment you have with your children.
Here are a few tips for moms looking to improve their mental health.
1. Ground Yourself in the Present
It can be so hard not to become distracted or overwhelmed with everything that’s going on in our lives—from work to social life to taking care of your family. If you start to feel like this, log out of your email, shut off your cellphone and allow yourself to enjoy the present moment with your toddler.
2. Get Some Fresh Air
Numerous studies have found that spending time in nature is a great way to relieve stress and combat depression and anxiety. Researchers found that men and women who spent just 90 minutes in nature experienced significantly fewer negative thoughts and emotions than people in urban settings. Even 5 to 10 minutes in the back yard or at a park can make a huge difference to your emotional well-being.
3. Ask for Help
If you’re struggling to balance all of the roles that moms take on, don’t be afraid to ask for help. This could be as simple as asking your partner to take the laundry off your plate for the afternoon, or reaching out to a friend, another mom or loved one to talk for a few minutes, or maybe it means seeking extra support from a maternal behavioral health program.
Whatever it is that you need to be a happier, healthier you, do it. Not only will you benefit from getting the help you need and deserve, but your kids will as well.