Stress Relief for Moms

Health, Home & Family
on September 24, 2006

Today’s moms are extremely busy, with laundry, food preparation, house cleaning and keeping track of their family’s schedule. Many even hold down a full- or part-time job, or work as a volunteer in the community. So the real challenge for women is carving out time each day for self-care.

But taking time daily to nurture yourself pays off in many ways. You have more energy. Your body bounces back quicker from minor illnesses. You feel better about yourself and have more emotional strength to weather life’s storms. Finding time for self-care is not as hard as you might think. There are plenty of nurturing things you can do for yourself, even if you only have a few minutes.

You can . . .

  • Give yourself a mini-facial.
  • Read a chapter in an inspirational book.
  • Slice some raw veggies and store them front and center in your fridge so they’re easy to grab.
  • Walk around the block.
  • Take your vitamins.
  • Do some crunches while you’re watching the news.
  • Climb the stairs instead of riding the elevator.
  • Make an appointment for a mammogram.
  • Sign up for the kick-boxing class your friend has been raving about.
  • Make a list of things you are thankful for.
  • Fill a pitcher with water and float some lemon slices in it. Every time you walk into your kitchen, drink an 8-ounce glass.
  • Do online research to learn about adult education classes offered at a local college.
  • Play soothing music and give yourself permission to close your eyes and rest for a few minutes.

Kathy Peel is founder of Family Manager Coaches. Learn more at