Tearing up the trails on a beautiful day is my favorite way to relieve stress. But sometimes escaping to the woods doesn’t fit into my work day. That’s why it’s good to have 5-10 minute stress busters at my disposal. Frequent, short breaks throughout the work day help me stay focused and productive.
Hailing from the UK, my guest today is sharing her suggestions for grabbing a few minutes of ‘me time’ throughout the day to stay sane, whether you’re rushing to meet a deadline or chasing a toddler.
It’s not easy being a mom, juggling the balance between kids, work, running a home, and being part of a couple, too.
There’s a tendency for work-at-home moms or full-time moms to think they don’t deserve time off because they’re at home all day, but that’s all part of the big guilt complex that comes with motherhood.
If you don’t take a few moments for yourself now and then, you’ll end up frazzled and tired which translates into being cranky with the people that you care about most – your kids and your partner.
It’s far better to accept that everyone needs a bit of downtime, regardless of whether they stay home or not. Of course, it’s not always easy to generate that time to spend on yourself, so that’s why it’s good to be able to grab little sections of time during the day.
There’s no rule that says you need to fill nap time with chores. It makes sense to do that, as it’s often easier to get things done when the kids are asleep, but why not take that time for yourself once in a while? All you need is 5-10 minutes to reap the rewards.
Unwind & Relax
There are plenty of ways to unwind without having to go to a yoga class or a massage. With little ones, classes often involve planning ahead, booking a babysitter, and actually getting out the door on time!
Little things like giving yourself a quick pedicure or manicure can help you unwind and relax, even if you only spend ten minutes doing it.
Take five minutes to do some stretching and deep breathing; it’s amazing how invigorating five minutes of concentrating on your breathing can be.
As the weather gets warmer, stepping outside for even a few minutes will boost your mood and enhance your productivity for the rest of the day.
Play a Game
Gaming is no longer the sole domain of geeky college coeds, and Bingo isn’t just for grannies in church halls and cruise ships. Games like Candy Crush and Words with Friends are sweeping the globe, and online Bingo has become all the rage for mums across the pond.
With chat rooms integrated into the games, many stay at home moms play bingo so they can strike up friendly conversations with other players. New games start every few minutes, making it easy for UK moms to play online bingo at 32Red and other popular international sites.
Feeling a little nerdier? Puzzle games like riddles, crosswords, Sudoku, and solitaire provide easy entertainment and a sense of satisfaction while taking your mind off the day’s stress. Set your watch for 10 minutes, and give your brain a boost.
Turn on the Tunes & Bust a Move
Music is a great way to get in touch with your emotions. Create a playlist of your favorite songs, crank up the volume, and tune out the rest of the world.
For an even greater benefit, kick off your shoes, let your hair down, and bust a move. A dance party, even in your own living room, is a great way to get your endorphins pumping and relieve stress.
Find Me Time
It doesn’t matter what you do in those little ‘me time’ moments; the important thing is that you take them.
Don’t put off giving yourself a break because you feel like you simply don’t have the time. People in an office aren’t expected to work straight through the day without a break – why should a stay at home or work at home mom?
Do you incorporate 5-10 minute sanity breaks throughout your day? What’s your favorite ‘me time’ activity that only takes a few minutes?
Gemma Collier is a working mom of two who is constantly trying to juggle her work and family. Luckily she has a great fiancé who is quite happy to run around after the kids while she has a nice hot bubble bath every now and again! Parenting isn’t an easy task, but Gemma believes sharing the household chores is the best way towards a happy home.