Mama Nibbles: Today is National Relaxation Day - Ways to Relax for Parents

Today is National Relaxation Day - Ways to Relax for Parents

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The 24/7 stress of our daily lives can sometimes be a bit consuming.  How can we feel peace during the chaos?  Here are 7 ways that I like to relax in the midst of your crazy life.

1. Go to bed early and wake up early...if you can manage this that extra half hour of quiet solitude in the morning can really help keep that energy level up and stress down during the day.  I find it helpful to read my favorite book or sip on some coffee while listening to quiet music.

2. Do household chores in short bursts.  Throw in a load of laundry, fold a load and then sit down for a while and play with the baby for 15-20 minutes.  Empty the dishwasher, load it and then sit down again for another break.  Doing this helps to break up the day and makes those tedious jobs more relaxing.

3. Turn off the tv, the radio, your phone and anything else that makes noise.  It really does help to unplug everything for a whole day.

4. Laugh a little or a lot!  I love giggling with the kids, they really know how to be funny.  Have a quick pillow fight or run outside and jump through the sprinkler.  Who says the kids get to have all the fun!

5. Immerse yourself in the moment.  Don't worry about anything else, just focus on what you are doing at that moment.  This one can be tough but very relaxing once you master it.

6. Be outside, enjoy nature and all its beauty.  Just breathing in that fresh sunshiny air will relax me.  Taking a nice walk through the park is a great way to just relax.  So strap on the baby carrier and dust off the stroller!

7. Just let loose!  Turn on some favorite music and dance or sing around the house.  The kids will probably laugh or maybe they will join in but either way, the music will soothe your soul.

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