Who says a time out should only be for children?
Jokes aside, a few minutes a day to disconnect and clear our minds is priceless. The opportunity to take a few breaths, relax our shoulders and just sit still can be exactly what we need to recharge and finish the day with excitement and a smile on our face.
It's easier said than done, we know! Crazy schedules, friends, children, spouses, and not to mention today's technology almost always keeps you connected to something or someone. But the benefits of finding that time, even just for a few minutes, can make you feel like a whole new person, like your old self again, maybe even like superwoman.
Research has shown (and supporters can attest) that a little time and effort can go a long way. Practicing yoga, stretching, meditating and running a nice bubble bath are just a few methods of how we can disconnect, and relax. But you, our members, are really the experts. You're the multi-tasking gurus. You're the working professional, stay-at-home mom and party planner all wrapped into one and you do it day after day.
So we want to know, how do you do it ALL and still find time to disconnect? How do you find a few minutes a day or every couple of days for "Me Time" to rejuvenate your mind and body? Do you have help, set the calendar, or stick to a routine or are you self-aware and just know when it's time to retreat on your own. Do you find it's easy to put down your cell phone or does someone else unravel your fingers from the keyboard?
Share your experience with us by posting how you disconnect and how you reflect, and you'll be entered to Win 1 of 5 cool relaxation gadgets. While many relaxation methods can be done with only a few minutes of peace and quiet, we wanted to compile some cool gadgets to help inspire you to find those few minutes a day for yourself.
The contest starts Wednesday, October 5th and ends Monday, October 10th at midnight EST. There will be 5 lucky winners with one winner receiving the grand prize, the Sharper Image Foot Massager, valued at over $50.
Here are the prizes:
Conair Foot bath with bubbles and heat ($20 value)
2 Motorized Scalp Massagers ($12 value each)
I have an hour drive from work to pick up my kids from daycare and home from there. It is really the only time I have to myself since I clean when the kids go to bed and then I go to bed when I can't do anymore. For that hour, I crack my windows (rain or shine) and find the music that suits my mood for that day. Once I find the right music I crank it up as loud as I can and sing my heart out. It takes all the stress from work away and gives me a feeling of rejuvenation. It's like I get a second wind and am ready to deal with the kids, the house and whatever else the rest of the day can throw at me!
Nothing better than soaking in the tub with a good book and a nice scented candle nearby.....doesn't hurt to have a glass of wine while I am at it!!
My me time is at night when my husband is laying on the coach watching tv, I go into the bedroom sit on the end of the bed a meditate for about 10 mins. Then I go get the foot soaker and soak my feet for about 10 min, then I read a book and fall asleep. It hard to get in some time, but with this 30 min routine, it makes it easy to unwind the stressful days.
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I love to cook for relaxation. Sharing good food with friends and family are the best times in life. I just can't pass up deals on neat serving wear or new kitchen gadgets. I have a pantry that is a room and contains 5 large shelves with dishes and food.
Reading takes me to another world where I don't have to think about my world for a bit and I can escape. I have also found that there is nothing like a Zumba class to feel good and of course the old fashioned ten deep breaths is surprisingly quite relaxing.
I concentrate on my breathing until all the cares of the day fade away. Then I either read a funny book. (Stephanie Plum series, or Shopaholic series right now. I say a prayer, and count my blessings....OR I pull the curtains and dance!!!
taking a little time to read simple thoughts books - even if just a few pages. they help you reflect on your life and put things into perspective
Being a stay at home mom is still new to me, so I am trying to figure out the best way for me to relax. I have found two things that help me. A shower or a good book. Two simple things that I enjoy for a quick break from the kids.
I get a little "me time" every week day! I ride the bus to work and it is about a 20 minute ride. I always have a book wtih me and read for that 20 minutes. It totally relaxes me for the work day ahead. Some days I also read on the afternoon ride, unless my best friend catches the same bus, then we have "girl time."
Nothing like a long hot shower to relax in and then snuggle up on the couch to finish unwinding! !
After a long day as an accountant, when I get home, I sit on my back deck with a steaming cup of coffee, while watching my daughter swing on the tree swing, and the dogs running and playing in the back yard. It reminds me of the simple things I so appreciate everyday!
after we put the kids to bed, we take a 20 min drive or walk just to relax and have adult time.
3 days a week, I unwind with a 5 mile walk with a good friend of mine. Around this time of year in Alabama, the weather is perfect for being outdoors! Then for the "just me" time, I put on comfy PJ's and snuggle up on the couch with my dogs and a good book, where I can immerse myself in a totally different world for awhile. Both of these things help me to leave work stress at work and enjoy my weeknights.
I go to Zumba class after a long, crazy week. The dancing makes me smile and feel free. Amazing how and hour can be so refreshing.