Everyday Ways to Relax and Pamper Yourself

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As a mom to two toddlers, I don't get a lot of rest and relaxation. These days, my idea of down time includes private potty breaks, five-minute showers, and the brief period between bed for the kids and lights out por moi. (I know, I know, I sound like an internet meme.) Still, I try to find a bit of R&R whenever and wherever I can—even if it means sneaking outside to sip my coffee in peace while I distract the littles with a couple of Elmo videos and some bunny snacks. It's call "mom life," and it's not for the weary.

Whenever I do get a decent chunk of highly coveted "me time," I try to make the most of it—whether that means going for a manicure, reading a book, or even taking the rare nap... Adding a subtly scented candle, facial mask, and cup of hot tea to the scene never hurts either.

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Today is National Relaxation Day, and while I'm busy tending to my babies, running errands, and checking items off my never-ending to-do list, I'm still dreaming of calmer, quieter, and less manic mornings... And afternoons. And evenings. I'll be channeling post-massage vibes. (This was me, drunk on endorphins after an 80-minute massage during our team summit in Canyon Ranch.)

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1. David’s Tea Sweet Indulgence Tea Sampler, $26/ 2. Dr. Jart Water Replenishment Cotton Sheet Mask, $8/ 3. Slip Silk Eye Mask, $45/ 4. The Calm Coloring Book, $5/ 5. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo Book, $17/ 6. Replica Lazy Sunday Morning Candle, $60/ 7. Kenzoki Barefeet Fantasy Massage Balm, $26

You might not be able to indulge in an hour and a half spa treatment today, but here's hoping you have a little bit of wiggle room for rest in your schedule. I've rounded up a few simple ways you can get some much-needed peace and serenity—if you can manage to sneak in a moment. Until then, keep calm and, at least, TRY to relax.

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P.S. Oh, and wine... All the wine!

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