Do you ever feel guilty when you think about taking some time out for yourself? Well, stop it! Taking time out for yourself is important to your life.
Relaxation, as studied in Psychology, refers to intentional inactivity, where a person performs active or passive exercises to decrease mental and physical stress. Being too tense or living with too much stress has been shown through research to have a significant negative impact on our lives, leading to physical illnesses:
- high blood pressure
- sore and tight muscles
… as well as many psychological problems:
- inappropriate or misdirected emotions
- difficulty concentrating
Taking time for yourself to relax can improve your quality of life, reduce the physical effects of stress on your body, improve your psychological functioning, and make you a better mom.
So, how do you take time out for yourself when life as a mom is SO busy?
First of all, you don’t need long stretches of time to reap the benefits of relaxing. Several 10-20 minute “time-outs” throughout the day can work wonders for your stress levels. During those small relaxation sessions, you can meditate, do some breathing exercises, or simply lie down and focus on relaxing the muscles in your body.
Then, once a week, try and do something fun for yourself. Here are a few inexpensive ways to take time for yourself:
- Turn up your favorite music and dance
- Read a good book in a hot bubble bath
- Rent a great movie
- Take a walk on the beach or at the park
- Spend a few hours in a bookstore that has a coffee shop
- Sit outside with a cool drink and soak up the sun
Take some time each week to make yourself a priority and rejuvenate your soul. Your family will love the more peaceful and relaxed you.
About the Author: Amanda Shoemaker and her friend Mandie Stevens run Time4Mommy.com, a place were moms can sit back, relax, and take a little time for themselves.