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Moms Need A Break Too!

Updated on November 29, 2014

And Relax!

Now! Time for yourself?

Have you had the sort of weekend I have just had? Finished work on Friday; cleaned the house and tackled the ironing; mowed and trimmed the lawn; picked up the kids from school. hubby made dinner and sorted the washing. Bless. Cracked on with sorting the mail. Hubby watched TV. Bless. Picked up eldest son from a night out. Slept Friday night. Up early to get oldest son up and out to his weekend job; weekly visit to the in-laws; More ironing; Dust and vacuum; Washed car; Trimmed shrubs; Drive youngest son to guitar lesson. Hubby on PC during this time but did make tea. Bless. Slept Saturday night. Up early Sunday (day of rest?) again to get oldest son up and out to his weekend job, again! More ironing; more vacuum; more dusting; Hubby on phone to sisters and mother. Bless. Hubby did make family Sunday lunch. Bless. Into garden for shrub cutting. whilst Hubby on TV and PC. Picked up eldest son from weekend job. Degreased the Sunday lunch preparation and did the dishes. Sat with kids for study time. More ironing, dusting, cleaning, vacuuming.. slept Sunday night. And now its Monday again.

So what can someone like you and me do to relax and chill in between getting on with life. Easy?

At the very least - in every hour, just take 5 minutes to STOP. Take 10 slow deep breaths. Drink a glass of water.

If you have more time, take 10 minutes to 'breathe' but also just sit down and do nothing for a while. Perhaps just take deep breaths for longer and calm the mind as best you can.

Sometimes, all it takes is to start the habit of STOPPING and taking stock. Just a few minutes refocusing will help you get on much better and with clearer thought. You'll be more efficient. Relaxation and even meditation could be the answer for you.

Of course, if this does not come naturally to you, then rest assured there are many good books and DVD to help you get started. But if you do nothing else, please take time for yourself and look after yourself too.

Oh, and I now need a new vacuum cleaner.... and breathe!

This cloud picture above was taken on my Nikon D90.

Give your Kids a Drink of Water

And don't forget one for yourself... you'll soon feel the benefit too.

Sometimes.... kids play so hard and then get irritated only because they may be dehydrating. Its amazing how listless or dozzy they get and a simple large glass of water is all they need to bring them back to full spirits. And the good news, is that it does not need to be flavored fruit juice or pop. It just needs to be water. Try it.

Particularly noticeable when they are doing their homework or study times of concentration. A glass of refreshing water goes some way to reydrating the body and bringing back that spark needed to concentrate.

Ensure they have water bottle for school. Put the water in one of these branded water bottles that may give the impression to their friends that they are drinking the likes of gator aid etc, but actually is just water. Good luck though.

I know at our school the kids are allowed to have water bottles on their desks to rehydrate. If this is allowed at your school, try and get the kids to sip their water to keep them sparking throughout the day.

If your kids would prefer drinking out of a Branded Water Bottle, look here:

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Jon Kabat-Zinn helps the Google HQ Staff relax

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In the mood yet?

Please let me know your comments. Always welcome

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    • pjsart profile image

      pjsart 

      5 years ago

      I enjoyed the mindfulness video...so important

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Phillyfreeze: I know, but I just can't help myself doing task upon task!

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      Ronald Tucker 

      5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      "A number of studies suggest "multi-tasking" is a misnomer, even a myth, and the brain doesn't simultaneously process work, but rapidly switches between various work activities." - Dr. Glenn Wilson,

      Kings Psychiatry College of London.

      CaraShops, pace yourself! :-)

    • VspaBotanicals profile image

      VspaBotanicals 

      5 years ago

      I love everything on this lens. I feel relaxed already :)

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @KnitnPurlGirl: Thank you.

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      KnitnPurlGirl 

      5 years ago

      Water....for sure! I pour my 8 glasses of water into a pitcher every morning and must finish it by the end of the day. And knitting is always a nice little break any time of day! Nice lens.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Socialpro54 LM: Thank you!

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      Socialpro54 LM 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @MoneySaver89: I agree, we all need a bit of pampering!

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      MoneySaver89 

      5 years ago

      Sometimes I wonder how us moms do it every day. We really deserve any type of pampering or relaxation that we can get. Great suggestions here!

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      Zienna1 

      5 years ago

      Tell me about it. Too much running around yesterday, I fell off my bike rushing to picked up my daughter from her Tennis Competition. Complaining of pain on my left side and yet still have to do the vacuuming, the washing and the ironing...That's the only break I've had: drink water,take a deep breath and tackle the job..Is there a martyr medals around for us mother's? Maybe Squidoo can provide us one. "Like Best multi-tasking mum of the day". Thanks for sharing.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @orcamom lm: Sometimes I feel as if I have an easier time at work!

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      orcamom lm 

      5 years ago

      Feel exhausted just reading everything you do in a weekend, but if I think about it, that's my weekend too, with less of the ironing! Taking 5 minutes every hour - I'll definitely give that a try, thanks.

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      Jack 

      5 years ago

      There is so much to do every day, it seems like it will never get done but it is very important to take a break and relax as often as possible.

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      adragast24 

      5 years ago

      Yes, moms need to relax. My mom raised three kids (including me) and I must admit we were not easy ones. She never relaxed and she is still full of energy. Don't know how she is doing it. I am tired already with one...

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      Wedding Mom 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens. Indeed, moms need a break too. They should also relax and breathe..

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      Deborah Carr 

      5 years ago from Orange County, California

      I raised four kids. I definitely agree that moms need to get all the breaks they can get.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @iwrite100: Thank you.

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      Maribel Forayo 

      5 years ago from Philippines

      moms are 24 hours on duty ........

      nice ideas you have here.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Unchain3dAuthor: Thank you!

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      Katyusha 

      5 years ago

      Well, If woman is working at home and in job that is 16-hour work in just one day. Men, however, tend to sit before a TV. I can see it is everywhere the same:) Enjoy and take some time off. I know I will after reading all this ;)

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      Unchain3dAuthor 

      5 years ago

      Moms are the best :) All Moms take care of yourselves we need you :)

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      Celticep 

      5 years ago from North Wales, UK

      Phew! I was exhausted just reading your intro list! Love the time out idea, and great reminder to drink more water. Thanks!

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree, we all try to do too much!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Yup. sometimes as "We" need is a Moment to just slow down and just Breath. And Yes, Water is Excellent for you and the Body! In those precious moments when one can stop and reflect or "Go Within" for for a few seconds, that Will Make a Huge Difference throughout the Entire Day!! :D

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      Silver63 

      5 years ago

      I sure need to relax, it's always a go, go, go ! Thanks for the very nice lens.

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      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      As a mom, I know how important those breaks are. I just need more of them. Hmm........think I'll go grab a glass of water. :-)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      As a mom, I know how important those breaks are. I just need more of them. Hmm........think I'll go grab a glass of water. :-)

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @takkhisa: Thank you.

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      Takkhis 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      , thanks for visiting and nice to meet you here

    • Laura45 LM profile image

      Laura45 LM 

      5 years ago

      Great to be reminded to take breaks and breath!

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      CoolFool83 

      5 years ago

      Moms definitely need for themselves. Really cool lense!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 

      5 years ago

      Moms definitely need breaks - very important to find a way to schedule them into your life.

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      momsfunny 

      6 years ago

      I so agree with this - moms need a break, too. Pause, breathe and smile.

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      lesliesinclair 

      6 years ago

      It is surprising what a regular glass of water will do. I like your reminder to take those deep breaths too.

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      cdevries 

      6 years ago

      A nice warm bath with a book is a great break.

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      orange3 lm 

      6 years ago

      Great advice. I need to remind myself sometimes that taking a break is ok :)

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      MintySea 

      6 years ago

      water is a good way. I like to do art to de-stress.

    • pinkrenegade lm profile image

      pinkrenegade lm 

      6 years ago

      When you're tired just pause and take a break. You deserve to have time for yourself, too.

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: You are absolutely right. Even sometimes a simple headache can be relieved with a glass of water. We dont always know when we get dehydrated, so its a good habit to get into anyway.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I like the way you suggest that drinking a nice refreshing glass of water can help you relax. Often times we're dehydrated and don't even know it!

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Absolutely. It doesn't take long, but it can be so difficult to get into this good habit. And yes.... Breathe!

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      SteveKaye 

      6 years ago

      We're all busy in complex lives. So we need to schedule time for ourselves. Breathe. Ahhhh . . . .

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