R & R

8.18.08: A little rest and relaxation goes a long way

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It's amazing what a little rest and relaxation can do for the mind, body, and spirit. After our weeklong "staycation," I feel like a new woman, ready to face the world again. It's a lesson that I'm hoping to take with me as I head back into the work world, back into the school year, and back into the general chaos of our everyday lives. I'm trying to remember to slow down a bit and savor the little moments with my family. Instead of rushing from one activity to the next, I'm trying to remember the simple pleasures of a few days at the beach, standing back to watch Julia as she talked quietly to a tiny hermit crab crawling around in the palm of her hand, or taking a moment to simply sit and watch my sunny Charlie happily splashing inside a giant yellow bucket; remembering the feeling of the sun on my skin and my toes wriggling in the sand, or the satisfaction of watching Will finally settle in for a nap.

Some of the best vacation advice I got came from this year's 15th Anniversary issue of FitPregnancy, where I learned how important it is to unplug from time to time, to make a more conscious effort to enjoy every moment with these babies, even the icky ones. To lose my to-do list, because there will always be a million things to do. And, most importantly, to simply get on baby time.

Looking for a little downtime in your own life? Try harnessing the relaxing power of yoga. Or, try these ten ways to slow down, take it easy, and worry less. Learn how to stay calm, cool, and collected with these stress-reduction techniques including meditation, deep breathing, yoga and guided imagery. And learn how a calm mind and strong body can go a long way toward making you a healthier, happier mother.

Dana Rousmaniere is FitPregnancy.com's Managing Editor. She's already looking forward to next summer's staycation.

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