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Self-care: 8 sure-fire cures for mom burnout in Vancouver

Self-care: 8 sure-fire cures for mom burnout in Vancouver

It’s International Self-Care Day, which sounds like just the excuse we all need to take a little Time Out for ourselves. Summer by definition, should be relaxing, but with the kids home from school, road trips and long flights, summer can be more exhausting that the school year. So in honour of the true meaning of summer, here are a few ways to commit to self-care this summer.

Run or walk with a view

There’s nothing like a run or brisk walk to purge toxins, paired with a stunning vista to renew spirits. Head to your favourite seawall or trail, Jericho Beach, Stanely Park, Steveston Dyke, Burnaby Central Park, Mundy Park—we’re spoiled for choices! Burn off anxiety, boost endorphins, and enjoy the sights—you’ll be reminded of how good you have it, raising a family in this beautiful city.

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Daily meditation allows you to access calm, awareness, clarity, and a mental break from daily challenges and distractions. Try free guided meditation apps like Stop, Breathe & Think, and Smiling Mind (for adults and kids 7+). To join a free class, Vancouver Shambhala Meditation Centre; Kadampa Meditation Centre Vancouver offers drop-in classes.

Get a massage


The benefits of a massage outweigh your mom-guilt about booking one: it lowers your blood pressure, increases happy neurotransmitters, improves mood, relieves physical pain, and sends you back to your family a happier woman. These spots won’t let you down: Footworks Relaxology and Smile Thai Wellness.

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Go for a workout

It sounds counter intuitive but working out while tough in the moment can really get those feel good endorphins going. If  go somewhere WITH childcare. Here are five local gyms and studios that work well for moms.

Do it yourself pampering

Taking time to care for yourself is not just a luxury, it’s essential. As they say in airplane safety, always put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others! Whether you have 15 minutes, an hour or a whole day, taking care of yourself means you’ll be better able to continue caring for your family.

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Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe, relaxing, and effective way to treat a myriad of conditions, from headaches, muscle pain, and arthritis to anxiety, stress, and depression. Kitsilano Community Acupuncture, Poke Community Acupuncture, and  The Village Community Acupuncture are great, affordable places to start.

Go for a float

One of Metta Spa’s flotation tanks

A water and Epsom salt solution allows you to feel weightlessness in a flotation pod, where you are free from all stimuli. In a rare hour of sensory deprivation, you get a reprieve from mental and physical stress, and your mind learns to rest.

Take evening family walks


It sounds counterintuitive, but taking the whole family out for a walk after dinner gets everyone to unplug, digest, relax, and spend some time together without the need for Netflix. There might be complaints at first, but the pre-bedtime connection with your kids and more restful sleeps make it all worth it.

>> Five nature walks



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