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.
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...]