It doesn’t seem to matter how old your children are; moms are some of the busiest people on the planet. Whether it’s taking care of an infant, chasing a toddler, running a forgotten item to your child’s school, or coordinating the pasta night for your son’s high school sports team, mothers are doing it all – all while working, cleaning, cooking, and on and on, for the entire family.
While most of us manage to do this dance very well, it means putting everyone else’s needs in front of our own, and that can take its toll, particularly on our health. It’s so important that we take the time to recharge ourselves, so we can keep others going. Even if it’s small things like using a massage mat to help relieve tension, or grabbing the kids and having a daily dance party, those few moments will make a world of difference in how you feel.
Putting ourselves first is such a difficult thing for us as mothers, but, if we don’t care for ourselves, we won’t be able to care for our families, so here are some tips to help you squeeze in a little relaxation and exercise:
Between your child’s playdate, your conference call for work, and the trip to the grocery store, pencil in your time – whether that’s to the gym, a manicure, or a coffee date with a friend; if you see it on your calendar, you are more likely to make it a priority.
This is second nature to mothers, so, while you are cooking dinner, do ten counter push-ups, 10 squats, and 10 lunges across the kitchen. Or, if you are going to the gym, take the time to read any work emails, school papers etc. Studies have found that keeping your brain engaged can give you a better workout.
Getting organized is not easy, but it’s the key to staying relaxed and healthy. Trying to figure out what to make for dinner is incredibly stressful, so plan a dinner menu a week ahead. Use the weekly circular from your grocer and create meals from what’s on sale. Purchase options for healthy snacks to have at home or on the go to help resist grabbing cookies or other sugary snacks.
With all the running around, it’s not uncommon for moms to forget to breathe deeply. Start by breathing in through the nose, counting to three on the inhale and three on the exhale out of the mouth. It’s a terrific calming tool and, perhaps, add a few yoga poses while you are at it. Try a downward dog, a spinal twist, or even a child’s pose to help rejuvenate and relax you from the inside out.
There are so many demands on your time, so finding simple and quick ways to help you relax, relieve tension and stress, and help keep you fit are so important. The Pranamat ECO may be just the thing to help you accomplish all of those in just 15 minutes a day by simply lying or standing on the mat.