Nap time is of course the time when mom gives a kiss, tucks the little one under the blankets, shuts the door, and turns to do a silent yet jovial happy-dance. Baby is down for the count and the possibilities of what you can do seem endless. Piece of advice: try to dismiss those visions of establishing world peace and climbing Mt. Everest during your indefinite free time; simply make this time a time for you to regroup.
It’s likely not a mystery to you that naptime is a time of opportunity, but are you truly utilizing it in the best way possible? Here are some ways to be sure that you aren’t even more fried after baby’s naptime than you were while he was awake.
Rule: Don’t clean. Many mothers make the mistake of using naptime to do work. This leaves you exhausted afterward with even less liveliness to run on in your patience bank for the rest of the day! Baby doesn’t need your undivided attention 24/7. In fact, this will make for a child who needs you around constantly and cannot entertain themselves with their own play and imagination. Baby will also get used to the idea that mom only cleans when they’re not around. When the days of less naptime arrive, you will be stuck up a creek without a Swiffer Duster. When you need to clean, baby will be fine playing with stimulating toys in the pack-n-play.
Baby isn’t the only one who needs to recharge. YOU, mom, need this time to nurture yourself so you can be a healthier, happier mom for your child. Wearing yourself out during your only time to yourself will leave you short and cranky for the rest of the day, something both you and baby do not need!
Here are some top ways to spend naptime to rejuvenate your spirit.
1). Take a hot bubble bath. Spoil yourself. Act as if you are setting up for a spa client of your own. Turn on your favorite relaxing music, light candles, and soak for as long as you wish. In addition to feeling luxuriously indulged, it’s a medical fact that the warm water will relax your muscles and having a fresh, clean feeling is mentally revitalizing.
2). Do your nails. All moms know that painting nails and toenails is hard to come by when you’re running around and picking up baby. Turn on something girly instead of Sesame Street while giving yourself a manipedi. You’ll have an extra bounce in your step for the rest of the day while you admire your sparkling tootsies.
3). Read a book. If reading isn’t your thing, dive into your favorite magazine. Reading gives your mind a full mental break from concerns and worries surrounding you, focusing on the story or fashion tips at hand. Stimulating those brain cells with something other than baby talk will give you a sense of your own adulthood for the day.
4). Get artsy. If you’re a crafty or artistic one, work on that project you haven’t been getting to lately. Scrap-booking, sketching, painting, knitting; whatever it is that floats your boat. Accomplishing individual artistry is a real confidence booster and a way to give you a sense of self-achievement. If you need some ideas, visit http://www.artsncrafts-ideas.com/ .
Some great places to purchase low-priced craft and art supplies are your local fabric stores, A.C. Moore, Michael’s, and sometimes your nearest Dollar Tree. (A great way to get stimulated with your own ideas is to go to the store see what kind of project supplies catch your eye).
5). Workout. Do your favorite exercise routine. Whether it’s fast paced cardio or relaxing yoga, getting your blood flowing and accelerating those endorphins will give you a cheery disposition, more energy, clear your mind, not to mention keep that bod fit and healthy.
Finally, take a nap of your own. It won’t necessarily give you a sense of achievement, but it will revitalize you for the evening. On days that you’re feeling particularly unmotivated and behind on your Z’s, use those days to take a snoozer of your own.