Toolin’ Up Tuesday: What Helps You Relax?

Over the last few weeks as I’ve faced wild nights of contractions, I’ve had plenty of practice putting relaxation techniques into action. Yesterday was no different as I attempted to “just let my uterus go” with each contraction. Relaxation is key to helping hard working muscles.

It’s also helpful when nursing and, well, basically, every facet of mothering. A few weeks ago, we touched on it briefly here. If you can take a few moments to relax your body, you may find some added reserves to get through the task at hand.

And so, for today’s Toolin’ Up Tuesday, I thought I would put out a call for what gadgets and tools and habits help YOU to relax.

For me, one “tool” that I use is a microwavable heating pad. At our house it’s called “the cornbag.” (If you don’t want to make one, I found this one made with lavendar and rice. Very cool. Lavendar has extra relaxing properties.)

I’ve got my heating pad here at the hospital to warm up and place on my multitude of aching parts. Now, that’s relaxing.

How about you? Do you have something that helps you relax?

1. Write about it on your blog and bring your link back here. (For specifics on how to post in Mr. Linky, go here.)


2. Share your idea in the comments section.

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  1. Definitely hot tea! Like chamomile or peppermint. (And maybe a scone or butter cookie to go with it.) 🙂

    Wait, and hot baths too. They seem to help an aching back relax. Oh, and one more… my chiropractor uses this awesome stuff called Biofreeze… really helps realax those cramped muscles.

  2. gbmom2407 says:

    One thing that helps me relax (and helps with pain too). Deep breath through your nose and out your open mouth. Sounds totally dumb but it works amazingly well. (even when I can’t sleep, I do this and it really helps…) Nice deep breaths.
    Happy day.

  3. If it’s during the day, I usually like to get a mug of something hot…good coffee or a Chai Tea Latte. And just some down time.

    If I’m trying to unwind and get to sleep, or trying to relax in the doctor’s office…I practice techniques I learned from Hypnobirthing. Lots of focused breathing and concentration on every fiber of my body…making sure nothing is tensed up. I always fall asleep doing this.

  4. listplanit says:

    Congratulations on your new baby! I just started following you on Twitter. I am afraid that I use my computer to relax.

  5. Donna(mom24boyz) says:

    I honestly find scrapbooking and a special hot tea soothing. I just let my worries go and ooh and ahh over my family pictures.

    Sorry I was late posting my tool tip idea?? I figured you would not be running this today since—uhhh you just had a baby!–Oh but it is super Fishmama—what was I thinking? You are amazing! Hope fishchick is doing well! God Bless!

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