It is so important to relax and have a bit of “you” time as a mum. This doesn’t mean going to the supermarket alone (although since COVID-19 sometimes a trip to Aldi has felt like a spa break to me!). It is so important to create time in your day (or even just your week) to do something that you enjoy and that allows you to relax.
For most mums relaxation is the last thing on their minds. It can be a good idea to schedule in this time for yourself in the same way you would a work meeting.
Did you know that taking a few minutes out of your day to relax can help you to:
– Lower your heart rate
– Slow your breathing down
– Reduce stress hormones including insulin and cortisol
– Reduce muscle tension
– Aid your digestive function
– Increase blood flow to major muscles
…. And many more benefits besides.
Taking a bit of “you” time can help you to clear your head and allow you to feel more in control and relaxed. We all need to let go of our “to do” list sometimes. It can also help you feel more confident and ready to take on your next task.
How to take time for yourself when there is no time!
There are lots of ways you can incorporate some relaxation time into your day. It’s worth remembering everyone is different – what works for your friend may not be what works for you – so you get to pick!
I’m reading “Thrive” by Ariana Huffington (https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/) at the moment and highly recommend it if you want to…well…thrive!! It’s full of great tips and interesting observations about how to look after yourself and prioritise what you need.
You might like to schedule in one of our classes or workshops like Centred Sundays as part of renewing your effort to look after yourself 🙂 https://centredmums.com/introducing-centred-sundays-from-july/
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