Us Mums never get 5 minutes to ourselves. Only yesterday I was sitting on the loo with child on lap to stop his whinging and prevent him from cracking his head of the bath, pulling all the toilet paper off the roll, or terrorising the cats. Even during naps time there’s always something else to be taking care of, whether that be our own personal hygiene grabbing a quick shower, or preparing for the next step – meal time, packing a bag to leave the house or throwing some washing in the machine.
So, when we do, very occasionally, get a spare five minutes what can we do to truly relax – and not waste the opportunity wondering what we should do until the moment has gone!
To help you out here’s my top five, five minute relaxation tips;
- Stretch! When was the last time you had a nice big stretch! I can’t remember, I usually wake to a small child slapping my head. Stand up and working head to toe have a good stretch. Your body accumulates tension which needs to be dissolved, stretching out is a great way to do this, it increases circulation and promotes relaxation.
- Visualise and smile 😊 Thinking about a happy memory makes you feel instantly relaxed, this is because your body is very clever and releases endorphins when you do so – these hormones are natural stress relievers. A holiday, day out, something funny- whatever makes you feel happy.
- Smell something! Herbs are great if you have any in the kitchen, close your eyes and take a sniff. Certain smells change our mood, it’s very difficult to feel angry or stressed out with a nose full of something pleasant. Sniffing an orange for instance decreases levels of the stress related hormone norepinephrine. As can coffee, you don’t even need to drink it – just give it a sniff.
- Dance! Put your headphones in and have a 5 minutes boogie. Guaranteed to relieve stress by releasing those feel good endorphins. And take you back to those care free days where you would go clubbing guilt and worry free!
- Eat some chocolate! I love eating chocolate – but its actually beneficial too! One square can calm your nerves. Dark chocolate regulates levels of the stress hormone cortisol and stabilises your metabolism. Win win.
And if that doesn’t work? Well, there’s always wine.