Are you feeling stressed and don’t feel like you have the time to relax? Try these 10 ways for busy moms to relax in 30 minutes or less and start relieving your stress.
It’s getting that time again. You know what time I’m talking about. The holidays are barreling at us like a runaway train and with them comes a laundry list of things to do. Whether it’s finally making the repairs to your home that you’ve been putting off or just doing a deep clean to get all the places your too busy to regularly clean or shopping for all the things you need to buy, the next couple of months are going to be hectic.
I can feel the stress already starting to build as I think of the million and one things I need to get done. Add in that my daughter’s birthday is in November and my son’s birthday is at the beginning of January and I am seriously considering making a run for it.
When I start getting crazy ideas like that, I fall back on my list of ways to take a few minutes out of my busy schedule and just relax. While it doesn’t make everything go away, it does give me the time I need to deal with it. And, it can do the same for you, changing your perspective from only seeing all the work you need to do to being able to envision how lovely everything is going to be once it’s all done.
Here are my go-to ways for busy moms to relax in 30 minutes or less.
Sit down with a nice cup of coffee or tea
Each morning I start my day a half-hour before I need to. I use that time to first prepare a cup of coffee, and then I sit down on the sofa and just enjoy the silence before I have to wake the children and the chaos begins.
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Sometimes I even end my day in a similar way. I’ll put away any work I’m doing, fix a cup of herbal tea, and then just sit with my thoughts. I’ll use this time to think of all the things I managed to accomplish during my day, and by the time I’m finished, I feel just a little bit better about all the things I didn’t get to complete.
I walk every morning after dropping the kids off at school. It allows me to do something nice for myself without spending any extra money and it helps me to be more productive during the rest of the day by knowing that I’ve already accomplished something.
You don’t have to exercise for long either. It’s amazing how just a half-hour walk can clear your mind. Plus, don’t forget that endorphins make you happy.
It never fails. As soon as I skip lunch, it seems like the world is out to get me. I can’t do anything right and everything needs to be done at once. Low blood sugar can increase anxiety. So, stop! Take the time to feed that beast in your belly and your mind will thank you for it.
Turn on the tunes
Music heals all wounds. Or, is that time? For me, it’s music. No matter how stressful my day is, I can turn on a favorite song and for the next 2-3 minutes nothing else matters (Yeah, I know I just referenced a Metallica song. I like them too.)
Chances are you have a music app on your phone or computer. Try creating a playlist of your favorite songs and play it when you need to relax. Heck, play it when you need to get things done, too.
Take on a major task
I know that this one sounds daunting, but it you get one of the tasks you’ve been dreading done and over with, the sense of accomplishment that comes with it will make everything else seem like small potatoes.
Let’s be honest. Stress messes with your sleep. If I have a particularly stressful day, I know that I’m going to sleep horribly that night. And, when you’re overtired, it only compiles the stress.
Stop and take a power nap. Just 10-20 minutes of sleep can get you through until nighttime and keep your stress at a tolerable level.
Take a timeout and give yourself a pedicure or break out your favorite face mask and rejuvenate that skin. Whatever your preferred choice is for pampering yourself, when the stress gets too much, take some me-time. Even though the results may not even be noticeable (like having freshly painted toenails during the wintertime), you’ll feel better for it.
Talk to a friend
We all have one of those friends who makes you laugh at least once every time you talk to them. When you’re feeling stressed, phone that friend. Taking the time to carry on a conversation with someone who makes you happy is the perfect way to relax.
I call my sister when I’m feeling stressed out because she’ll carry the conversation for me and she always has some funny story to tell me. When the conversation is over, sometimes I’ll find myself smiling for no reason.
Read a book
Unlike watching TV, you actually use your brain when reading. It occupies all your thoughts and doesn’t allow you to continue to stress about things. Plus, a good book can take you to another world, allowing you to forget about your problems for a while.
I will admit that sometimes I have a hard time putting down my book after only a half-hour or so, but I know I can always come back to it that evening or the next day.
Take a bath
You’re going to shower anyway, so take a few extra minutes and run a bath instead. I will usually add some Epsom salt and lavender oil to my bath because Epsom salt will help remove toxins while lavender alleviates stress.
You can use your favorite essential oil or bubble bath. Then just lay back and enjoy! For a little while anyway.
These are just some of the ways I use to relax when I’m feeling particularly stressed, but don’t have a lot of time. So, what do you do to relax when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. Leave a comment and tell us about it.