Relax....Is that even possible? Yes, yes it is. Is it harder in some moments than others? Oh yes! Here are 3 ways to find a little relaxation today or whatever day you need it.
1) ASK FOR IT- It may seem frustrating to feel like you need to "ask" for rest, but it might be just what you need to do. As a mom, we are often pulled in different directions while we also have a laundry list of to-do items in our head or detailed out on a sticky note by our computer. Our spouses, children and family see us juggle this and that everyday so it becomes the normal. Announcing that you are taking 15 minutes, an hour, or whatever to rest allows you to express what you need. And if you feel guilty about doing so or feel that your children will be disappointed, think about the positive example you are setting for your children. We live in a run, run world for the most part and kids are experiencing it as well. Show your children that taking a rest and listening to your body is a good thing, NOT something that should be viewed as weakness.
2) GET IN OR OUT OF YOUR HEAD- Try a technique that allows you to get completely out of your thoughts or one that challenges your mind to acknowledge and release. This can be thoughts about what is stressing you, physical or emotional pain, gratitude....there is really a whole list of things people can process through. The meditation app Headspace offers an awesome FREE 10 min meditation. Deep breathing exercises, body scans and gentle stretching can also be techniques used to give your brain a break.
3) DO ONE THING AT A TIME- Even if you are not the type to completely unplug (though I would encourage you to try), you still have ways to relax your body and mind. Lose yourself in one simple act, one mindful moment. You want to watch a movie? Awesome, put the phone down, go into a room out of sight of typical to-dos (laundry, dishes, bills, messes, etc.) and get taken in by the movie. Want to connect with your kids over board games or crafts or just plain open discussion? Great, put down the phone, don't plan on jumping up to finish something and ignore any other thing you would try to multi-task.
Relaxation is different for everyone. I just wrote this short piece in a quiet room, no kids, no dog wanting something, nothing else on my mind...it was an awesome feeling! Happy Mother's Day. Now off to watch that movie.......
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Dr. Robyn Wilhelm, PT, DPT is a women's health and pelvic Physical Therapist and private practice owner in Mesa, AZ. She is passionate about working with women to alleviate pain and dysfunction experienced from core and pelvic health conditions, as well as health and wellness of women during pregnancy and postpartum. Dr. Robyn can be contacted at email@example.com
Dr. Robyn Wilhelm, PT, DPT specializes in women's health and pelvic PT. An Ohio native, she enjoys Buckeye football and misses the Fall season. Dr. Robyn enjoys her life in Arizona and spending time with her husband, two kids and Chocolate Lab George.