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Relax & Share to Win One of 5 Cool Gadgets

Relax & Share to Win One of 5 Cool Gadgets

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:

Sharper Image foot massager ($50 value)

Aromatherapy Vaporizer with Oil ($40 value)

Conair Foot bath with bubbles and heat ($20 value)


2 Motorized Scalp Massagers ($12 value each)


Good luck!

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  • krispy76 By krispy76

    I am a stay at home mom of two young children. By the end of the day, I am completely worn out. But there's always more on my to do list! On Sundays I make a HOPE TO DO list for the week. At the end of each day, I cross off all of the things I've accomplished. Believe it or not, this relaxes me. I usually watch a TV program with my husband, then do something special for myself whether it's doing a face scrub or mask, whitening my teeth, soaking in the tub, painting my nails or reading a good book. If I have a block of time to myself during the day, I love to garden! There is something about working in the soil, out in the fresh air that soothes me. I can clear my mind, which always seems to be racing. If I am really treating myself, I get a deep tissue massage with hot stones and essential oils. So rejuvenating!

  • MommaMarymo By MommaMarymo

    I like progressive relaxation because it only takes a few minutes and you can do it after you've already settled down for the night, or really anytime. You start with your feet and work your way up. You tense each muscle group--hold it for 20-30 seconds and release. If it won't release, tense, and try again. When one muscle group has fully relaxed move up. It really works you feel like you're melting into your bed or the floor or wherever you are. It also quiets the mind.

  • Karenf By Karenf

    I find an hour a day to go to the gym. Exercising at home is not the same- I can always find something I need to do there. At the gym no one is asking me for anything (or to do anything) and I can clear my head. It really helps me to relax and get out pent up anxiety.

  • Karenf By Karenf

    I find an hour a day to go to the gym. Exercizing at home is not the same- I can always find something I need to do there. At the gym no one is asking me for anything (or to do anything) and I can clear my head. It really helps me to relax and get out pent up anxiety.

  • Jamaica11434 By Jamaica11434

    I either go for a walk by myself or take a bath.

  • lolo38 By lolo38

    My technique is sort of corny, but it works for me. I find a spot to just close my eyes and deeply breathe. In my head (or out loud depending) I simply say "in with the good (inhale), out with the bad (exhale)". It calms me.

  • vickihenry By vickihenry

    My favorite way to unwind is to take my bible and sit on the front porch by the pond. The relaxing sound of the water rippling combined with being outside in nature make the perfect setting for receiving the word. I feel like I'm in the garden.

  • Glamamama1 By Glamamama1

    I work full time and so does my husband. I have a home office and am out all day seeing clients. Computer in the office at home plus ipad work never seems to end. I like to get in the bath at night after everyone is in bed and read a magazine!

  • EMStelley By EMStelley

    I sometimes going all day without even taking a moment to pull inward and just breathe. The best thing I do for myself every day is on my drive home. Rather than turn on the normal radio station, I put on classical music. I find that it's much easier to focus on relaxing when I'm not singing along or paying attention to lyrics. Just that 15 minute drive home really clears my brain and gives me that oomph I need.

  • sharris By sharris

    Two or three evenings a week, I go for a evening walk around the country side near our home. This fall weather makes for a beautifully cool evening walk. I usually bring my German Shepherd girl dog along, she loves it too!

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