Us moms are always looking for simple ways to relax but simple isn’t always easy. Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we forget to prioritize our much-needed relaxation.
Simple Ways To Relax
For some of us, relaxing may mean a few minutes of peace and for others, a full day or week (or year lol) of no responsibility, just rest.
After all of the Mother’s Day festivities are over and it’s back to reality, I’m sure many of us are gonna need some ideas to keep the celebration of US going. So, here are some surefire ways to get us some guaranteed stress relief.
Remember the things we used to hate as kids but now we desperately need as adults? Never underestimate the power of a good nap.
A good power nap is our goal. According to medical research, the key to achieving the most benefits of a nap is to keep it between 30 to 90 minutes and to try to do it between 1 p.m and 4.
Professional spa treatments
I share a lot of at-home pampering solutions on the blog but nothing really beats getting professional services done for you. I consider it a necessary investment in SELF to be pampered from time to time.
Massages, facials, and body treatments aren’t just good for us physically. They can help to refresh and renew the mind as well.
When’s the last time you scheduled a spa treatment?
Whatever creative things you can come up with, to ease your mind and to help you to focus on something other than your stressors, do those. This can include creative hobbies and events like paint and sips, light gardening, wine tastings, or giving yourself a fancy manicure.
The point is to find something positive to do that can distract you from the things weighing heavily on your mind.
When I think of deep breathing, I can hear every choir teacher and vocal coach I’ve ever had telling me to “breathe through your diaphragm!”.
Just a few minutes of deep breathing per day helps to relax the body, lowers blood pressure, and increases oxygen intake. But that’s not all. A regular regimen of deep breathing can:
- increase energy
- enhance your immune system
- decrease pain
- improve muscle stability
- help you to recover faster
- reduce anxiety and depression
When you practice deep breathing you’ll notice both your chest and belly rise. You’ll also hear a more pronounced breathing sound vs. quiet shallow breathing.
Did you know that sexual intercourse can actually lower your blood pressure? It has been studied and medically proven that good sex and intimacy can lead to stress management, relaxation, improved mood and you can even burn some calories!
A healthy intimate life is important to your relationship, mental health, and well-being. So, be sure to monitor and manage your sexual health for better relaxation.
A good vacation, but not just any vacation is what many of us need from time to time. Relaxing getaways where you can completely disconnect should be regularly planned throughout the year. But getting time off for extended stays isn’t always so easy.
This is where short refresher trips come in.
Whether it be a weekend staycation at your favorite local hotel or resort or a one-night stay someplace nice with a spa treatment thrown in, you deserve some time to care for yourself.
Another great way to care for YOU or another mom, is by entering these Mother’s Day giveaways below where you can win some nice pampering beauty products!
Carol’s Daughter (Instagram Only) Mother’s Day Giveaway
Win this exclusive Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Shampoo Bar gift set. It comes with the new luscious moisture shampoo bar, a super soft flexible loofah, and a wooden soap dish to preserve your bar.
The packaging for this set is very unique and sustainable. So much so, that you can actually grow your own wildflowers with it!
The paper is 100% recyclable and has actual wildflower seeds embedded inside. So, all you have to do is soak the paper in water overnight, cover it with soil and watch it grow!
To enter the giveaway, click on this Instagram post and follow the instructions. Good luck!
Wakati Mother’s Day Giveaway
One lucky mama will win the complete line of Wakati hair products to pamper her natural mane.
Wakati is a fairly new natural hair brand but has already made it to the shelves of some of our favorite retailers, Target and Walgreen’s. Wakati products are specifically formulated for natural black hair and include a starting lineup of 4 deliciously smelling products.
There’s a sulfate-free shampoo, water-activated conditioner, an oil-infused leave-in cream, and a conditioning mist.
Here’s how to win! All you have to do is follow the instructions on the giveaway form to gain entries. The winner will be announced on Mother’s Day!
I hope this post gave you enough inspiration and encouragement to find your own simple ways to relax. Let me know in the comments if any of these have worked for you and as always, please take care of yourselves!