Moms have to demonstrate the wonders of multitasking. A cook, a housekeeper, a teacher, a psychologist – even the strongest and most patient parents will get tired. It’s time to give yourself a break, and by that, I don’t mean ‘cutting yourself some slack, I mean actually taking 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or even (dare I say it) a whole hour! In this post, we share a few ways that busy moms can take a break to avoid running out of energy.

This is a collaborative article.

The first thing that a mother needs to do is to take care of herself. This means that she should take time out for herself and do things that she enjoys. It can be anything from going for a walk, reading a book, or watching her favourite TV show. The important thing is that it should be something that she enjoys and not something that she feels guilty about doing.

#1. Get a massage

Ideally, you want to book yourself out for a Moroccan bath with massage. This procedure will make you a new person. However, if this is not possible, an electric or manual massager or a special brush will do – five to seven minutes, and the blood supply is accelerated, and the head begins to work better. Massages are a great way to relax and relieve stress. They can also help with pain relief, improve circulation, and reduce muscle tension.

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#2. Lie down on an acupuncture mat

You can buy an acupuncture mat at a pharmacy or online store. Its principle is simple: the spikes promote muscle relaxation and improve well-being. Of course, all the miracles described in the instructions – from improving sleep to getting rid of cellulite – should not be expected, but vigour will definitely increase.

Carefully read the list of contraindications: the use is prohibited, for example, during pregnancy and skin rashes.

#3. Take a contrast shower

Not a warm bath, after which you will be drawn to sleep, but an invigorating tonic shower. A nice bonus – this procedure is useful for blood vessels and skin conditions. Don’t immediately pour ice water on yourself, alternating with boiling water. It is better to start with warm water: stand under the jets for several minutes to warm up, and then turn on cool water for 40 seconds, after it – pleasantly hot for the next 40 seconds.

Repeat the alternation three times, then stand under cool water and dry yourself with a towel.

Please note, this is not advisable for those who have cardiovascular diseases, are pregnant or have SARS.

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#4. Lie down and take a nap

Take a nap – preferably with dimmed lights and an open window. No social media, music, conversations – delve into complete relaxation and nirvana. At the same time, try not to think about the fate of the country, the economy or the menu for the week, at most – imagine the sea or the forest. And before that, you can apply a mask with a pleasant smell on your face – combine business with pleasure.

Napping is a great way to recharge your batteries and get back on track. It can be done at any time of the day, but it is best to do it in the afternoon or early evening.

It has been shown that napping for 20 minutes can help you feel more refreshed and alert for up to 10 hours after waking up. Napping also helps with memory retention, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

#5. Dance

Physical activity helps relieve stress and lifts your spirits. But squats with dumbbells or a treadmill are rarely fun for most people, however, everyone loves dancing.

‘Our time to dance!’ Dancing is a great way to give yourself energy. It can be done in many different ways, and it doesn’t have to be a formal dance. You can dance by shaking your hips, or you can do some simple arm movements. Dancing is a great way to get your blood flowing and release endorphins.

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Ideally don’t let yourself get to a state of total fatigue – this will only ruin your health and negatively affect your family and children. Take constant breaks – you can recover and cheer up literally in one fifteen-minute cartoon!