No one multi-tasks quite like mom. If she's not juggling work responsibilities,
helping with homework or cheering on the kids from the sideline, she's
balancing the checkbook, arranging doctor's appointments and managing
the family calendar. Phew.
Mother's Day is her day to unwind. And that's much-needed, given
everything on her plate. This holiday is tailor-made for moms to de-stress.
Women's stress levels are on the rise, according to the American Psychological
Association. And stress is a serious concern for everyone. Stress takes
a real toll on bodies and minds. Long-term health depends on finding a
way to manage the stress that comes with life's daily challenges.
So, do mom a favor and give her a day to relax.
Follow these tips to rejuvenate mom on her special day:
Go for a walk or bike ride with her. Take a stroll along the boardwalk together, do some dancing, or do some
gardening. The important thing is getting active. Physical activity is
a great way to unwind and burn off stress. Everyone should get regular
exercise – at least 30 minutes two or three times a week.
Allow her to refresh her mind – or her body. Many people effectively manage stress with a personalized
method of relaxation. Discover what works for mom. It could be music,
crafting, yoga, anything that refocuses your mental energy. A spa day
would make a relaxation-filled Mother's Day gift!
Let her sleep in. Most adults need about seven to nine hours of sleep a night to feel rested.
Sleep is restorative, allowing us to recover from the stress we experienced
that day and to prepare us to handle the stress we'll experience the
next day. So let mom sleep for as long as she'd like on Mother's
Day. What better excuse for bringing her breakfast in bed?
Treat her to healthy meal. A well-balanced diet is one the best ways to keep stress from making
you sick. Taking mom out for breakfast, lunch or dinner is a Mother's
Day tradition. Treat her to a delicious healthful meal with all the essential
Keep her connected. Women report they frequently find stress relief through activities that
connect them with other people, like visiting with family and friends.
Use Mother's Day as an occasion to let mom unwind at a family get-together!
Just make sure she doesn't have to lift a finger.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.