8 Little Things You Can Do Right This Minute to Relax

Life with kids can be stressful. Sometimes it seems that when you’re not rocking, soothing, feeding, or diapering a baby, you’re washing clothes, picking up toys, or cleaning spit-up off of your t-shirt. When things get overwhelming (and trust us, they do) it’s important that you have some go-to tricks to relax, reset, and get ready to handle any challenge parenthood throws at you with grace and patience. While long hot baths, massages, and a good night’s rest really are relaxing, the reality is that most parents don’t have time for these sorts of indulgences every day. The relaxation tips in this list below are great for parents because every single one of them can be done with both a baby on your hip and a toddler around your ankles.

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1. Step outside and feel the sun or wind on your skin

A change of environment can be great for your mind. When you can’t get to the park or take a long walk, try simply stepping outside to feel the sun or wind on your skin.

2. Take three deep breaths

Remember how you tell your toddler to take a few deep breaths when they’re upset? Yep, it works for grown-ups, too!

3. Call or text a friend who always cheers you up

Though nothing beats a girls-night-out when you can’t actually get out, try reaching out to your trusted bestie by phone.

4. Listen to your favorite song

Remember how great it felt to blast your favorite song after a long day in high school or a bad first date? Music has the power to change our mood quickly. If your favorite song is less than friendly for little ears, don’t hesitate to put in your headphones and jam. 

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5. Light a scented candle

Smell is powerful. When you’re feeling out of sorts, lighting a scented candle and closing your eyes can transform your home from messy abode to tranquil spa in under a minute.

6. Drink a cool glass of water

Sometimes, dehydration can be the hidden cause behind our crankiness. Take a minute to drink a tall, cool glass of water and watch your mood improve.

7. Flip through some favorite pictures of your little one

Sometimes in the thick of parenting, it can be hard to remember just how amazing your little one is and how lucky you are to have them. Flip through your favorite pictures of your tot and remember how much they’ve grown and how fantastic they are.

8. Indulge in a healthy snack

Just like dehydration, hunger can often be the culprit behind a lack of patience. Grab a piece of fruit or cheese, refuel, and watch your mood (and hopefully your day) turn right around. 

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Do you have any quick relaxation tips? Share below!

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8 Little Things You Can Do Right This Minute to Relax

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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