5 Ways To Use Exercise To De-stress & Relax

As mamas, our lives our hectic. At any given moment, we can be changing diapers, breaking up fights, making lunch, being a human milk dispenser, and cleaning up the house all at once. We have a million things running through our brains and not enough time to tackle them all. Stress is all too common in any at-home mama’s life – but what can we do to help it?

It’s easy: Get moving. Exercise. Workout.

Whatever you want to call it, exercise is one of the easiest ways to calm down, de-stress and relax. Plus, burning a few extra calories and sweating it out while you chill out is the cherry on top. Next time stress starts creeping up on you, set aside 15 minutes to use exercise to your advantage and get back to your zen lickety-split.

These five exercises are as reliable as your little guy or gal finding a permanent marker the moment you buy a piece of brand new white furniture – and the ones that I always turn to before, during, or after a stressful day.

All five of these exercises will help relax your mind and muscles and get you to chill out so you can feel your best. Get in the habit of coming back to any one of these – or any of your other favorite exercises – to get relaxed and de-stressed any time of day.

1. Yoga

Yoga is the combination of movement and breath. Take 15 minutes to focus on your breath while moving your body. Some great de-stressing yoga poses are ones that challenge you, but also help you take your mind off any racing thoughts. Try sun salutation sequences, cat-cows, and a few breaths in child’s pose. Find a few of your own favorite poses and make the most of your relaxation time. [Read more...]

5 Ways I’m Taking Care Of Myself In My Last Weeks of Pregnancy

I’m in my 38th week of my pregnancy and boy, can I tell you that I’m just about ready for it to be over! My little fella kicks me all day long, his rolls and wiggles are starting to hurt, and all the extra blood flow hasn’t been helping me get through the summer weather so far.

I’m not complaining though. In fact, I’ve been doing my best to slow down and take care of myself during these last few weeks of pregnancy. I know he can come at any time, so I’d rather be relaxed and ready than stressed out and miserable.

You probably already know that self-care is a pretty big deal to me. I even teach an online course to find the time to make it happen for moms. Which is why I’ve been slowing down and really focusing in on doing things that will keep me calm and cool before this little baby enters my world.

These are the 5 ways I’m taking care of myself in my last weeks of pregnancy:

1. Sleeping in and taking naps

Sleeping in to prepare for labor| RachaelRoehmholdt.com

Even though great sleep has been elusive for me for weeks with bathroom trips every two hours during the night and sweating it out in the summer heat, I’ve been trying to sleep in when I can and get naps during the day.

I know that even though I’m not getting great sleep now, I’ll probably spend even more time up and at ‘em when my little guy is here. I’m doing my best to rest up my body and keep him happy and cooking as long as possible. [Read more...]

Do you know this easy trick for staying on track with healthy eating all week?

This week has been a crazy one. Between getting ready for my little guy to arrive, getting the nursery ready, making some make-ahead meals for the upcoming months, and just trying to relax – life has been nonstop. When things tend to get busy, I’m like most women out there – I start to put myself on the back burner.

In the midst of my crazy week, I started realizing that I wasn’t feeding myself very well. That my dinners were the only real meals that I was tending to, because they are the ones that my husband and I take the time to make together.

The last thing that I was doing – was thinking about lunch. That is always the meal that gets turned into “extended snack time” far too often – leading me to graze on snack foods or find a hodge podge of things in the fridge more often than I’d care to admit.

So after a few days of this very unmindful way of eating, I decided I needed to do something about it if the next few days were going to stay at the same crazy pace they had been. I dove into the pantry head first with a goal of creating something delicious and multi-meal ready… and I found my answer in a super easy and quick quinoa salad.

Greek Quinoa Salad | RachaelRoehmholdt.com

I made a big batch of quinoa, then started tossing a few things in. In just about a half hour (not all active prep time), I had lunches prepped and ready for me and my hubby that were healthy, no-brainer meals that I could grab and start eating for days on end. No extra prep, no more time in front of the stove – just toss in a bowl and chow down type of food. [Read more...]