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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stress Reducers that You and Your Youngsters Can Do Around the House

Written by Jemima Lopez

With our lives seeming endlessly busy and frazzled, it can be a stress in itself to try to remain calm and collected throughout our days. There's always so much to be done, so much left behind from the day before, and so much we wish we could do. Furthermore, with the advent of amazing smartphones and social media, our lives are feeling busier and faster paced than ever. Part of living a happy and fulfilling life is feeling like the things you do day in and day are rewarding and relaxing. As stay at home mothers, it can be difficult to find ways to unwind when there is just so much to be done. Rather than race around missing out on important opportunities throughout your day, try these stress reducing activities. These daily activities are a great way to slow your day down, enjoy time with your children, and take some time for yourself (while still being productive with your time).

Stretch Out

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Stretching is a great way to focus your mind and body and find some time to yourself. At some point throughout your busy day, take a few minutes to sit down and just relax and stretch out your limbs. If you're at home with young children, you can have them join in with you. Stretching is a great way to keep your body limber and lean and is a wonderful meditation activity. It just takes 10 minutes or so to really loosen up your body and let your mind rest for a little while. You can either do this while the kids are taking a nap and the house is quiet or with your kids at your side. Kids will have fun mimicking your movements and it can be beneficial for them as well. Real meditation takes a significant amount of time to master and a longer daily time commitment to stick to. By just stretching out your body and focusing your mind on one small task, you will have a mini meditation session that can be key.

Make Chores a Game
Household chores are something we all have to do. Some of us use daily chores as a kind of methodic relaxation times; some of us hate them. But, there are some ways that we can make our daily chores a fun and stress reducing process for ourselves. I like to create little games with daily chores throughout the day. I will race to finish the dishes before a certain time or color coordinate my folded laundry to make it more interesting. While these little games may sounds silly, little tricks like this really help me forget that I'm doing chores. I'm able to think about something other than disliking the chore at hand. This can also be a great way to involve your kids in your daily tasks and spend some fun time with them. Come up with little activities out of your household chores. Growing up my brothers and I would make a game out of putting away our freshly washed socks. We would ball them up and play basketball with them into our drawer. Whoever made the most in the drawer in one try won. Even small things like this can help turn a stressful activity, into a stress reducing one.

Do Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises can be a great way to reduce stress throughout the day without having to commit much time to it. This is something that you can do while you are sitting at your desk working, watching the kids, driving, or doing tasks around the house. First you take in one deep breath, breathing in air slowly for four seconds. Then hold your breath for four seconds and slowing exhale for four seconds. Sit there for four seconds and then repeat the process by increasing the seconds to 5, 6, 7, and more. Repeat this process as many times as you wish or until you feel fully relaxed. Like stretching, these breathing exercises act as a form of meditation for you. Controlled breathing can help you rest more soundly at night, lower your blood pressure and heart rate, and reduce your anxiety. Try it out.


1 comment:

  1. Yes, thank you, we employ all three! A very helpful and succinct list. :)


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