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Mommy pick-me-ups

With jam-packed days that start at the crack of dawn, it’s easy to see how the feeling of being overwhelmed can creep into your mind. Breathe! Feeling constantly overwhelmed doesn’t have to ruin your mood for the entire day. At the onset of these feelings, close your eyes and try to use the following techniques to help bring your thoughts and feelings back to a happier state.

Quick mood-lifter
Take a deep breath. Hold it in, close your eyes, and smile a little. Better yet, give a huge smile. Count backward from 10 while exhaling slowly. At the end of the exhalation, while still smiling, open your eyes. Hold your smile for as long as possible.

The five-second makeover
No matter how your home is decorated, I’m sure you know where all of the reflective surfaces are. How do you see at yourself when you look at your reflection? Do you stop and study yourself? Are you pleased with your reflection? Do you scowl at imperfections? Do you ignore your presence altogether? The next time you run into the bathroom for anything, look at yourself in the mirror, smile and say a positive phrase to your reflection. For example, “I am beautiful”, “Blessed be” or “I can overcome.” If you can’t think of anything to say, try a simple gesture. Blow yourself a kiss or simply smile at your reflection. After just a day or two of complimenting yourself each time you see your reflection, you will start to feel quite happy with how you look. Perhaps it will also help you feel better about yourself all week long.

Stand tall
Inhale deeply while reaching high above your head with your hands. Stretch with your whole body from the tips of your fingers down to your toes. Exhale slowly while bringing your arms down to your side, and relax until your feet are flat on the floor. Repeat as much as you need until you feel renewed with energy.

Smile
Never underestimate the power of a smile. It will make you feel better inside while doing it and it will make those around you feel better and want to smile with you. Remember, misery loves company. Don’t invite it into your life when you’re trying to be positive. Smile until everyone else is smiling too.

The scent of citrus
Not only is citrus a healthy snack full of vitamin C, but giving it a quick sniff may be enough to lift your spirits and give you an energy boost. Fruits such as lemons and oranges aid in battling colds and can help keep you off the couch. With a new baby, who even has time to stay on the couch all day anyway?

Stay hydrated
Drinking the recommended eight glasses of water daily will do more than make your body work more efficiently – it will help keep your mood at an even keel as well. Mild dehydration may cause headaches, muscle cramps, and constipation. All these symptoms could wreak havoc on a person’s emotions. Grab a glass of water and drink to your health and happiness.

The most important thing to remember is that you have plenty of time to complete everything on your “to do” list. You will accomplish all of your tasks regardless of your stress level. Take the time to look around at everything you have already completed so far. Be your own inspiration.

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