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Who’s feeling stressed? Overrun by the demands of parenting, grandparenting, or just life in general? Do you feeling like life is driving you instead of you are driving your life?
Make this Mother’s Day the beginning of a new daily or weekly habit of treating yourself. From my articles on stress (refreshers here, here, here, and here), you know the health benefits of getting a break in the day. Here are four ideas I invite you to commit to just once a day, one just for five minutes…
Take an Epsom Salt Bath
The benefits go beyond the relaxation you’ll immediately feel during and after an Epsom salt bath. Epsom salts have been used for centuries for ailments and is now used for things like beauty, gardening, and even household uses. The magnesium and sulfate found in Epsom salts are best absorbed in the body through the skin. It reduces inflammation, alleviates hardening of the arteries, and improves muscle and nerve function.
Best bet: With regular use, it will help you get an amazing night’s sleep without a small, white pill.
Take a Vitamin D Walk
If I told you taking even just a five-minute walk break can rev up your weight loss, would you do it? In addition to curing the “blues” and easing daily frustrations, it removes you — even if only momentarily — from the stresses of the day. Soaking in Vitamin D (I call it “Vitamin S” for sun) lowers blood pressure, strengthens your bones, wards off memory loss, and releases “happy” chemicals like serotonin an dopamine in the brain.
Best bet: Leave the iPhone and friend at home. The quiet helps calm the brain and the iPhone is just a temptation from which you can walk away for 5 to 20 minutes today.
Hire a Chef
One of the greatest challenges I hear from moms and grandmothers is meal planning and prep. So, find yourself a chef who can make you a delicious and healthy meal. Yes, it is an expense — but weigh that cost against your time and stress. Why not?
Best bet: Find a chef who specializes in delicious and healthy meals and order portions that will allow you to have leftovers for lunch.
Learn to Meditate
It just works. Folks from CEOs, to professional athletes, to moms like you and me are doing it and its making a difference. There are a ton of resources out there to learn “how” to. It can really help decrease your stress level, make you more present, and contribute to your overall health in ways you never ever imagined!
This Mother’s Day, focus on yourself. You can find — and you deserve! — much-needed relief from the daily grind.
Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton.
Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 1,500 clients, 25 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now-more-than-ever passionate about helping others view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix.
Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty workout weeks to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep and her beloved 5-Minute Flow.
Now, Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down”, a healthy mix of strength and metabolix work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength.
Adrien believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and our health and that change, or improvement, is always within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help Alexandrians learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves.
Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness and listening to clients’ success stories and bragging about her twin 12 year old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.
Fitness on the Run is Fitness for Life. Combining a focus on strong bodies and strong minds with a robust wellness education program and unparalleled personalized attention, we provide fitness for health, longevity and functionality.