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.