The daily run of household work
--- especially during school days --- can tire you, moms. Preparing the kids for
school in the morning, fixing their merienda for the afternoon, and getting
their homework done by bedtime can leave you highly stressed.
Stress is an unavoidable aspect
of life, affecting both the young and the old. But to some extent, stress may
give you the motivations you need to push yourself a little harder. However,
remember that excessive stress leads to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Health specialists highly
recommend a stress management plan that includes having time for relaxation to
replenish lost nutrients and expended energy. So, the next time you find
yourself with a few minutes for a break, try out these invigorating, healthy
Breathing exercises circulate the oxygen our body needs. Too often, stress can
shorten your supply of air, which is why you often feel short-of breath and
light-headed when you’re tired. Aerobic workouts have a “cool down” stage
to get the oxygen flowing. Breathe in deep to the top of your lungs, counting up
to four, then hold your breath for another four seconds; and slowly release the
air to a count of four. Do this exercise around three to four times.
Research indicates that there are mental health benefits derived from exercise,
including reduced stress and increased confidence. So, get on your feet, stretch
your arms, shrug your shoulders, bend your neck from left to right, or go for a
walk to change scenery. This may be a short exercise but it keeps your energy up
for your various physical activities.
Pressure can often make us forget about food, which can leave us dehydrated.
Pause for a minute and get something to eat. Replenish yourself with a glass of
water or juice, or a quick, healthy snack.
Relax with a
Give your hands, arms, legs and feet a good massage by rubbing them with a light
fist. Massage eases up tense muscles, improves blood circulation, and restore
that feeling of wellness. Make the most out of your massage by feeding your skin
with a good lotion.