Posted: Aug 01, 2012 11:00 AM
Whether you’re stuck at a desk all day or spend your days chasing after your kids, finding brief moments of me time throughout the day will help keep tension at bay. From simple shoulder rolls to brief moments of silence, these tips will help you recharge and refocus.

Back away from the desk

If you work at a desk all day, make sure you try and move every 20 minutes. You don’t have to leave your office. Just stand up, stretch and step away from the computer... if even for a minute. Keeping mobile not only helps with circulation, it also helps clear your mind for a minute so you can get some perspective and refocus.

Roll tension away

To relieve tension, roll your shoulders forward 10 times, then backward 10 times. Give your wrists some love too. Roll them clockwise 10 times, then counter-clockwise. Practice this several times a day to keep Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and neck and shoulder tension away.

Shake it off

Sometimes the tension is so thick that absolute silliness is exactly what the doctor ordered. Grab your kids, put on some music, put your worries on a shelf for the moment and have a dance-off. There’s nothing like seeing your toddler try and master The Worm to remind you that laughter can truly be the best medicine.

Momma needs a time-out

If your day job is being a stay-at-home mom, make sure you know when to step back and how to make the most out of even the tiniest me-time moments. One tool you’ll need — a do not disturb sign for your bedroom door.

If you find yourself raising your voice more frequently, becoming increasingly irritable and feel your patience running thinner than water — take a time-out. Put your baby in a play yard or high chair, make sure older kids are safe and take a minute to regroup. Step into another room, indulge in a moment of silence and take deep, slow breaths until your heart rate calms and you feel like you’ve got it together. Sometimes it’s as simple as removing yourself from the situation and getting a little distance.

If you have older children that are safe to play solo in their rooms or are old enough not to need constant monitoring — go to your room, put the do not disturb sign on your door and shut it. Let your kids know in advance that (barring any emergencies) this sign means mommy needs a few minutes of private time.

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