Some days it can seem impossible to take any time for yourself. With everything you have on your plate, from your kids and their activities to the stresses of your job, chances are that by mid-week you’re feeling pretty drained. Now that your kids are back in school, it’s time to make sure you’re taking time for yourself to refresh, even if it’s just 30 minutes a day.
We all need a break from the demands of our busy lives but finding the time can seem more stress than it’s worth. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 quick and easy ways to let go of stress and recharge with a bit of “me time.”
Get Moving. A short walk can help get your circulation going and creativity flowing. Exercise releases endorphins in your brain that trigger positive feelings and help reduce stress.
Dance it Out. If you’re feeling stressed, frustrated or like you’ve hit a creative wall, put on your favorite music and dance it out! For best results, dance wildly and sing loudly.
Lose Yourself in a Book. If you can afford a longer break, pull out that book you’ve been meaning to start. Get lost in the story and don’t come out until your break is over.
Reconnect with a Friend. Talking to friends and loved ones can help give you a fresh perspective. So give them a call, send an email, or even write out a letter the old fashioned way.
Get Crafty. You know that Pinterest project you’ve been dying to try? Take a few minutes each day to tackle it in increments. This will help you detox from a busy day and before you know it that project will be done!
Soak Your Worries Away. After the kids are asleep, grab your favorite bath bomb, or salt soak, light a few candles, and take a good long soak. This will relieve tension and help you get a good night’s sleep.
Tend to Your Toes. As a mom, you’re on your feet most of the time. To relieve sore feet and restore soft skin, treat yourself to a pedicure!
Go off the Grid. Even if it’s just for a half hour or so, don’t take any calls, don’t write any emails, and stay off social media.
Focus with Meditation. Meditating can help you focus your attention, giving you a sense of calm and increased awareness. You can do this by using a guided meditation, listening to meditation music or whatever method works for you.
Power Nap. Did you know that a 20-minute power nap helps with alertness and motor learning skills like typing and playing the piano? Tune out with earplugs and a sleep mask and set your alarm for 20 minutes.
It’s easy to look at these activities as an unnecessary luxury. Instead, remember that rejuvenating your mind and body is important for being your best you! So go ahead, take some me time. You deserve it.
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