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Published on December 08, 2014

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Eight Stress Relief Tips for Working Moms

Stress relief for working momsThey say a mother’s work is never done. As a mom, you likely start the day out incredibly early by making breakfast and getting the kids ready for school. Once the kids are gone, a busy work day awaits you. Just like when your child’s behavior may call for a timeout, you, too, may wish for a timeout yourself.

“In today’s world, we need to find time throughout our day to slow down and rejuvenate our bodies and brains,” said PIH Health Social Services Director Gilbert Dorado MSW, LCSW, ACM.  

If you are looking for that much needed break, there may be some relief for you by simply trying a few of the relaxation tips below:

Remember to Breathe – When you find yourself stressed, stop and take a five minute break to take some deep breaths. This simple exercise alone can slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help – Reach out to friends and family. You may be surprised at how happy they are to lend a helping hand.

Escape in a Good Book or Magazine – Reading is an easy way to unwind, even if it is for a few minutes before bedtime.

Take a Warm Bubble Bath – Water can be very relaxing. Add a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender or rose, to help your tensions slowly slip away.

Schedule Some “Me Time” – Taking the time to do something for yourself will help you in the long run. Let someone else pamper you with a manicure or a massage. Also, sleeping in a little later than usual one day a week can help as well.

Do Something Creative – Simple things like drawing or writing in a journal will take your focus off what may be causing your stress.

Schedule a Date Night – Secure a sitter and spend some time away from the kids with girlfriends or your significant other. The kids may enjoy the break just as much as you do.

Exercise – Get your heart rate up and exercise for 30 minutes a few days a week. Dance, go for a lunch time walk, take a class if you are able or head outside and play a game of ball with the kids.

“Just a few of the simple relaxation tips listed above may make a world of difference – balance is the key,” said Dorado.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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