If you are a working mum then you know how stressful and time-consuming it is getting yourself ready for work and making sure your children get ready for school.
With so many balls to juggle it can be hard for you to create a peaceful and relaxed home environment. In today’s blog we look at three easy yoga poses you can do to help reduce the sense of panic and stress and have a peaceful start to the school day.
“MUM….Have YOU Seen My…”
If your household is anything like mine, between the hours of 6.00 am – 7.30 am you will spend most of that time being asked a multitude of questions for example, “mum, have you seen my PE kit” or, “mum, can we have a lift to school, please, we’re running late” or the classic, “mum, can you sign this, please, it should have be given in yesterday….”
If you have to also get yourself ready for work, then the pressure is really on.
How many times, have you and your children left home irritated, upset and annoyed with each other?
Or, in your efforts to ensure your children have everything they need for school and leave home in time, have you ever arrived late at work or forgotten to bring the correct info for your office meeting?
Constant rushing leaves you feeling tired, exhausted and stressed, and that’s before you do a day’s work! I remember how stressed and frazzled I used to feel when my daughters were younger and I had to drive them to their nursery and then fight my way through the rush hour traffic to get to work on time.
How Can You Relax On The School Run?
Learning how to relax, to have a peaceful start to your day is essential.
Here’s Three 3 Quick and Easy Yoga Tips To Help You Survive The School- Run
Practice the following three quick and easy yoga stretches as you get ready for your day
1. Deep Breathing –
When you wake up in the morning, try and take a few minutes, whilst laying in bed to do a few rounds of yogic breathing.
Lie on your back, close your eyes, focus on your heart centre and take a full deep breath in through your nose, feel your rib cage expanding and your lungs filling up with fresh rich oxygen, slowly breathe out, through your nose. As you breathe out, allow your lungs to empty completely and abdomen to relax.
Repeat this calming deep breathing for at least 5 – 10 times. You will feel energised, calm and focused.
2. Stand Tall In The Mountain Pose –
When making a cup of tea, buttering your bread or helping your child to dress themselves – whenever you can, stand tall in the mountain pose and breathe deeply. The mountain pose is a classic yoga pose. When you stand in this position, your whole body is relaxed, elongated, stretched and open. You feel grounded and more able to command attention and respect from your children. Plus it gives you the chance to regain your composure and decide how you wish to respond to your child’s request!
3. Relax – Rag Doll Pose –
If you feel overwhelmed and stressed at the multitude of tasks to be done in the morning, then take 30 seconds to relax and do the Rag-Doll Pose. This simple yoga pose is ideal to release tension in your lower back, stretch your hamstrings and help to clear your mind.
To do the rag doll pose, simply bend at your waist and flop forward, keep your feet firmly on the ground, allow your knees to be soft and make sure your head is soft and wobbly; relax your jaw and allow your arms to swing and flop from side to side. Depending on the age of your child, you could encourage them to be a “floppy rag -dolls as well”
So, there you go, three simple yoga exercises – deep breathing, standing tall in the Mountain Pose and the Rag Doll Pose which you can easily slip into your morning routine to help you manage your time and survive the early morning rush.
Practice them regularly and wherever possible try and include them into your daily schedule. You will feel energised, calm and able to power your way through your day with grace and ease
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Thank You and Have a Peaceful Start To Your Day
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