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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.

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Everyday Ways to Relax and Pamper Yourself

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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Celebrate National Relaxation Day

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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Mom Solidarity, You Got This

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!


  1. Easy poses from Momtrends yoga series
  2. Essentials to help you create an at home yoga sanctuary
  3. Online yoga options for stay at home workouts


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