Time for Mom to Just Relax!

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One of my doctor’s orders this week was to relax. Easier said than done. For me it was good practice for the “real thing” to come in a few weeks.

But whether we’re tackling childbirth or just a stressful week at home, relaxation is a good thing. We can carry tension around in our neck, tummies, back, wherever that contribute to our crabbiness and just a general lack of well-being.

I know for myself that when I feel relaxed, things don’t bother me quite so much as they do when I am tense.

Relaxing certainly doesn’t solve our problems, but it can help us address them in a much more coherent and rational manner.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Here are some starting points which also happen to be things that I pulled out of my bag of tricks earlier this week:

  • take a hot bath
  • drink a cup of tea, coffee, or other favorite beverage
  • listen to soothing music
  • prayer and meditate on Scripture
  • watch Pride and Prejudice!
  • take a nap
  • enjoy a massage (thank you, FishPapa!)
    • your favorite tea with honey and lemon
    • your preferred soda pop over crushed ice with a straw (Vanilla Coke, please)
    • strong, brewed coffee with lots of cream and sugar
    • freshly squeezed, organic, orange juice
    • cool water with a slice of lemon

    Whatever you enjoy to drink is a good mom break. Even if you just take 20 minutes, it’s a helpful thing to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of your everyday. And if you add a little refreshment, that will help energize you physically as well.

    When my husband worked union in the construction industry, the crew would take regularly scheduled breaks. For every number of hours, there was a regulated time of rest. This was instituted in order to prevent employees from being overworked.

    Well, in the life of MOM, it’s hard to take a break from all that we are responsible for. You can’t clock out at the end of the day. But, you can allow yourself a little coffee/tea/water break every so often.

    Find a quiet corner, put up your feet, sip a refreshing drink, and relax for a little while.

What do you do that helps you to relax? Share it with us in the comments! We can all benefit from more ideas to release tension.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Honey says:

    I would have to say reading a good book (or even flipping through a magazine) is relaxing to me. Sitting outside on the porch is another way to relax-actually I find anything done in nature has a calming effect. I found that being outdoors "soothed the savage beast" in my children at every stage of childhood. The saying "if momma ain't happy…" well my new twist on it is "if the kids ain't happy neither is momma!" Finally, my children and I all like to do yoga poses-the other day both sets of twins (ages 4 & 5) were lined up in front of the tv doing downward facing dog-this was a kodak moment-very funny! But seriously, yoga slows you down in a good way and helps work out tension in the body (I can live without all the mystical mumbo-jumbo, however). Good topic for all us moms!

  2. Anna Christensen says:

    Great topic! I like to read a good poem (or at least a snippet from one) or take a nice leisurely walk with my baby daughter. Journaling also helps me unwind. When I am really emotional and can’t figure out why, forcing myself to put my thoughts on paper generally calms and brightens my spirit.

    Just wanted to say that I found your site through moneysavingmom and have been really encouraged by your bright cheery posts. Thank you and I pray all goes well with your delivery. 🙂

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