As a mom of four, I've learned the hard way that self-care is pretty much the most important thing in my life. I can't give to my children when my cup is empty – you can't pour from an empty cup. without further ado here are my top 5 sanity savers for moms!
1. The Child Whisperer by Carol Tuttle
Seriously this book is soooo helpful in knowing more about why our children do what they do and how we can help them! Grab it here.
2. Essential Oils
I use lots of essential oils to help with my the health of my whole family. They are a sanity saver because I use them at the first sign of illness and it often keeps us from ever going to the doctor or drugstore. I don't use just any oils, though, as most on the market are not pure or even work all that well. I use and love Young Living's oils, which you can learn more about here.
Some of the best parenting advice I've ever heard is shared on this podcast! She uses respectful, gentle methods to teach and guide our children. It has saved my sanity because I now know more about how to work with my children so that I can parent the way my heart wants – respectfully, lovingly.
4. Have a Hobby
Seriously, mamas, we need activities outside of work and housework where we can lose ourselves in the moment and let loose! Ballroom dance and choir at church have been that for me. I totally lose myself in the moment, which relieves so much stress and anxiety. And there's actual research on why hobbies are so helpful, which I share in this post!
5. A Long, Hot Bath with My iPad
I love to take long, hot baths. I even have a stand for my iPad (click here to see it) so that I can watch my favorite show or video while I'm soaking! My husband often puts the kids to bed, and I get some time to soak. It does wonders for my stress levels! And I add about two cups of Epsom salts and 10 drops of Release Essential Oil blend from Young Living to the salts. The magnesium is so good for relaxing the muscles and pulling toxins out of the body. Plus, the essential oil totally relaxes and calms any frazzled feelings.