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While there’s no hood quite like motherhood, we mamas need a break sometimes, but as a mom, there aren’t really any breaks. However, here are some things you can do, to have a mental check out from all of your responsibilities. The bonus is, they’re budget friendly.

Nature. Taking a quick stroll around the block, down your street, or even just sitting outside of your front door and taking in the fresh air can give the moment you need to just breathe. After a long day, moms need a minute to exhale and drop the weight of the day. It’s a plus if you get this moment at night after the kids are tucked snuggly in their beds, and you get to gaze up at the stars. Simply wondrous!

Schedule It. When mom needs a break it rarely can happen spontaneously, so scheduling in quiet time for you, and putting everyone on notice can help assure that it actually occurs. This can involve creating a self-care day just for you, uninterrupted. Escaping for a manicure and/or pedicure, or a massage, can definitely do the trick of getting your mind off your responsibilities, and back on you. But, if that doesn’t fit in the budget or you’re unable to get away from the house for that amount of time, a great alternative would be to do an at-home self manicure and pedicure, or soak in a nice bath complimented by your favorite bath bomb or bubbles, add a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, and relax.

Podcasts. In the car, in the bathroom while getting ready, a few minutes before bed, or while working out, listening to a podcast is a great way to get a mommy mental break, to get inspired, informed and even entertained. You can listen to podcasts anywhere you have your mobile device. Another great thing about podcasts is, if it is a longer episode you can consume in pieces. You don’t have to take it all in at once and then it’s gone, you can pause it and get back to it later.

Exercise. Speaking of working out, it not only serves as Mommy’s time, a mental break from everything else, but it also serves your physical health, and is an energy booster. It’s essential to take care of the vessel that carries out all the hundreds of things you do. Exercise will look differently for everyone, but intentionally moving will in return work up some great benefits for your mental and physical self.

Read. Get lost in adventure, mystery, drama or scandal, gain great insight on how to better yourself, tap into current hot topics in your favorite magazine, whatever is your reading preference, that is an instant way to take a mental break. A few minutes a day, goes a long way.

Steal 10. To piggyback off reading for a mommy mental break, my next tip is to steal 10 minutes. Wherever you can steal 10 minutes to have tea, coffee, a bottle of water, with a good book, or your journal, or to just sit and “be”, it’s a good way to check out and take a load off.

Nap. Burnout is a real thing and rest is important. Find time on the weekend, in between running errands, taking kids here and there, to literally lie down and take a nap. During the week, a day when you’re putting the baby down for a nap, curl up and catch you a good dream too. What’s more of a mental break than actual sleep?

Mom guilt bites hard but it’s something we need to kick to the curb and let it ride off with the rest of the garbage. Mom needs to take care of herself too. You can’t pour out of an empty cup, so if you’re not giving to yourself, then you

By: Tinita Tennant

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