Time Out Stress Relief for Moms
The dog is chewing on the area rug. The kitchen smells like dinner is burning and the dirty plates in the sink make you wonder if there are any clean plates or cups in the house. The kids are fighting over toys, and the house needs to be picked up so it won’t look like a disaster. Does this scene sound familiar? Oh yeah, and you’re behind schedule!
A mom’s life can be very stressful and built up tension is not healthy. You need a little down time (besides sleep!).
When Mom needs a time-out to relieve stress consider these options:
1. Dance Your Heart Out!
Try boogying in your car to your favorite music (just ignore the stares from other drivers) or choreographing your own routine in the family room to your favorite iTunes.
2. Coffee Shop.
Most people visit a coffee shop to chill and relax while sipping a favorite drink, reading or listening to the music. The atmosphere of most coffee shops is a welcome change from work site or the house.
3. Blow Steam Off.
Have a mini workout for 15 to 20 minutes and do jumping jacks, pushups, jumping rope, or beating a nerf ball against a garage wall with a tennis racquet. (Nerf balls are definitely less of a liability than a tennis ball and less likely to break windows.)
4. Pamper Yourself.
Indulge yourself with ice cream or a chocolate bar, or read your favorite book. Maybe get online and look up a movie to see, go shopping, or meet somewhere to chat with a good friend.
5. Schedule Quiet Time.
Set the timer for 20 minutes and let your children know that you need some quiet time in your bedroom. Most kids honor your request and are okay with this.