No matter your stage of motherhood, relaxing is important mentally and physically in order to be the best mom and wife ever.

I’m not saying to schedule a full spa day tomorrow, unless that is something you can fit in your schedule or afford. But I am saying to find some time during the day or evenings to disconnect and refocus on you. Here are four simple ways you can start relaxing, stat:

  1.  Your Lunch Hour. I used to be bad about working through lunch. I’d be on a creative roll and it was difficult to get out of ‘the zone’. But, I pretty much stopped cold turkey and started leaving the office for lunch. After a while, I realized it was glorious having that time to go out to eat, away from my desk, or go run errands, or go to Hobby Lobby and indulge my Pinterest desires.
  2. After The Kids Go To Bed. Granted, I’m not worth much after getting the kids to bed, but for you night owls, this may be your prime ‘me’ time. Maybe there’s a show on TV you want to watch and can relax during that time. Or you just chill on the couch with a good book.
  3. Naps. Oh, how I miss the days my kids took naps. Not only did I get a lot of laundry done during that time, but I caught up on sleep too. If you have small kids who still nap, PTL! I know it’s tempting to get chores done during naptime, but maybe take one naptime per week and use that for your own saw sharpening, like painting your nails or reading mommy blogs.
  4. Go Dark on Social Media. Not saying to delete or deactivate your social media accounts. Just put the phone down and disconnect from everything but you for 10 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour – however much time you can squeeze in to refocus on you.