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Exercise and relaxation rejuvenates mothers

May 8, 2014

Women are better caretakers when they take some time for themselves.

Moms are awesome! From rushing kids to extra-curricular activities and doctor appointments to cooking dinner and holding a full-time job, moms have a do-it-all type of attitude.There are more than 85 million mothers in the U.S., according to the latest data from United States Census Bureau. Many of those women can get so caught up taking care of others that they forget to take time for themselves. Victorina Moran, author of “Creating a Charmed Life,” says women need to give themselves a break and let go of the “sainted mother” image.

Women often put self-care on the back burner while raising children. However, it’s vital for a busy mother to recharge and relax to fully be present for her kids.

“Frazzled is not pretty,” Moran says. “If you don’t put gas in your car, it won’t run; if you don’t give some nurturing to yourself, you’ll be a pretty poor nurturer.”

Women need to take care of themselves in order to be the best care taker. Just a few peaceful moments throughout the day can make all the difference.

How moms can recharge
Here are a few tips for the millions of mothers out there:

1. Pencil in some “me-time”
Women should establish “mommy time,” said Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, a life coach in Aurora, Colorado, according to This helps children learn independence. Mothers are also setting an example for their kids that it’s important to take care of oneself. Pamper yourself – you deserve it. Get a manicure or spend a day at the spa. All of these activities will help you be a more energized, positive mother.

2. Acknowledge your stress levels
Let go. It’s OK to admit you’re stressed. Dr. Peter Ubel, M.D., a professor of medicine and psychology at the University of Michigan, says it’s completely normal to be frustrated, upset, angry and irritable sometimes, Parenting reported. It’s only natural to have these emotional responses.

3. Come up with solutions
Consider asking another mom to babysit your children and reciprocate when she needs some downtime. There are a number of ways to find some time just for you.

4. Do a couple jumping jacks 
Mothers should engage in physical activity to maintain high energy levels. Any type of exercise from swimming and Pilates to Zumba and martial arts-type of courses will get mothers moving and rejuvenated.

5. Embrace the moment
Cultivate positive emotions by taking a moment or so to appreciate what you have. Savor your cup of coffee in the morning and put everything into perspective.

“Take ten seconds every hour and look at what you’re doing from a higher place,” said Daniel Gilbert, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Harvard University.