5 Ways Moms Can Relax

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Late night feedings. Early morning drop offs. Raising responsible kids. A mother’s work is never done. You’re always on the go–but relax mom, you’ve got this.

“You’ve signed on for a hard job; it’s not supposed to be fun most of the time,” says Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Harvard University and the author of Stumbling on Happiness. “It’s easy to get caught up in the details, but you need to step back and realize how empty your life would be without these people in it.”

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Motherhood can be stressful, but if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be much help to anyone else. Here are 5 ways moms can relax and get the rest they need.

1. Take a break.
You may not be able to take a tropical vacation, but you can take 5 minutes to decompress. Maternity maven Latham Thomas suggests that moms “Set your phone to give you a reminder to relax, and it will become second nature. Make time to honor yourself daily.” Whether you flip through the latest issue of your favorite magazine, have a cup of tea (or a glass of wine), or simply sit with your eyes closed, take those minutes to de-stress.

2. Work it out.
Head to the gym and hit the treadmill. According to the Mayo Clinic, physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Try a new workout class, or stretch with yoga.

“On a physical level, yoga helps improve flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance,” says Linda Schlamadinger McGrath, founder of YogaSource Los Gatos in California. “On an energetic level, yoga teaches you how to cope better with stress by cultivating a sense of ease in both active or passive poses. On a psychological level, yoga helps to cultivate mindfulness by shifting your awareness to the sensations, thoughts, and emotions that accompany a given pose or exercise.” Can’t get away? Latham says moms can relax with Viparita Karani, or “legs up the wall”–a simple yoga pose that’s like taking a 2-hour nap. “Raising your legs at a 45 degree angle for 20 minutes allows blood to cycle from legs to heart.”

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3. Kick your feet up.
Whether you’re running after a toddler, standing on the sidelines at soccer games, or commuting to client meetings, your feet can be the hardest hit by stress. “You can usually tell when people are subject to chronic stress because of the general presentation of the feet,” says professional Podiatrist and Chiropodist Jenny Kitchen. “There is generally increased redness and swelling.”

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4. Take a deep breath.
Meditation, prayer, and deep breathing are all excellent ways to relieve tension. A study by Charles L. Raison, MD, clinical director of the Mind-Body Program at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, found that meditation improves both our physical and emotional responses to stress. In another study, researchers discovered that those who prayed for others were less vulnerable to the negative physical health effects associated with stress.

So give yourself a moment. Close your eyes, breathe deep, and connect with something outside of yourself. Focus on a single word, or a mantra like, “I am peace.” Count the rosary. Let go of your stress.

5. Let go of mom guilt.
Latham says, “As women, we have a legacy of putting to everyone else’s needs first. Get out of that mindset. Embrace self care in order to practice and create boundaries. Practice saying no learn how to say no. Find small things to say no to. And no is a complete sentence!”

Don’t feel guilty for taking a few minutes to center yourself.Relax, mom.

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Tiffani is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, co-creator of The Mommy Conference, and co-founder of the digital collective Sisterhued. Her writing and parenting tips have been seen on The Washington Post, Mommy Noire, Yahoo Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy.
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24 Comment

  1. shelah says: Reply

    I like the idea of setting a reminder to relax. Pampering feet is a great way to unwind. The Airplus Relaxation Pack would feel wonderful after a long day.

    1. Yes, I set mine for every 30 minutes when I’m in the office. Just a change of scenery can help!

  2. Krystal Miller says: Reply

    I feel myself doing number 4 way too often. But I love to relax by sitting outside in the quiet after the kids are in bed! 🙂

    1. Relaxing outdoors is even better! I love sitting by the lake.

  3. Mandy says: Reply

    Great tips for moms. Learning to say no and deep breathing can do wonders! Spa socks sound excellent as well 🙂

    1. Oh, you have no idea, Mandy! These socks are awesome.

  1. Rae says: Reply

    I like the idea of relaxing but, I tend to not want to get back up. But that maybe my problem, I will try this technique, because a lot of the time I will do EVERYTHING feeling exhausted by the end of the day

  • lauren says: Reply

    Great tips here! I find a few deep breaths can really make a difference!

    1. They definitely can, Lauren!

  • I’ve heard a lot of great things about exercising, just haven’t quite got to it lol. I found a local yoga (BOB) center that I plan on getting a membership to soon. I’m hoping it’ll help improve my anxiety. Good post! 🙂
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    1. I always leave yoga feeling better, Britney. Something about the breathing techniques are so relaxing.

  • I just started to read again. My kids are in their tweens/teens now so I know all about mom guilt and if there was one thing I could do again, it would be take time for myself when the kids are young and ditch mom guilt all together!
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    1. Yes! So many of us get lost in our kids that when they grow, we’re lost.

  • I lovery the 45 degree angle pose. My husband thinks I’m crazy when he sees me do it, but it works!

    1. Isn’t it refreshing? You can relieve some serious stress that way!

  • CourtneyLynne says: Reply

    Love your suggestions!!!! I love escaping to the gym when I’ve had enough of things at home!

    1. Thanks Courtney! The gym is a great place to just let it all out.

  • One of my favorite ways to unwind is to watch TV. Sipping some hot tea is another one of my favorites.

    1. Ooh, Mimi, have you ever tried Bengal Spice chai tea? It’s divine–always helps me relax!

  • Marsha says: Reply

    These are great tips and reminders! It’s so important that we moms take time for ourselves, even if it’s just for a few minutes. We tend to have so much on our plate, we deserve some “me” time and pampering. I love just being able to go to the store by myself lol! I definitely need to enter this giveaway because me feet ache just about daily.

  • Joanna says: Reply

    Great tips. You know I’m not a mom, but I’m definitely #TeamTakeaBreak

  • Tessa says: Reply

    I’m glad you brought up letting go of mom guilt. I think it’s so important and stresses moms out WAY more than necessary!

  • All of these are great tips! We often get so caught up that we forget that we must take care of ourselves first before we can take care of others. My favorite tip: ‘kick your feet up!” #LovesIT
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  • kiwi says: Reply

    I think whether you are a mom or not we should all Meditate more! I never heard of Air Plus but they look interesting…us women be on our feet and comfort is a priority. We should be kicking our feet up more often!
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