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Moms often put themselves at the bottom of the list in terms of priorities. This group is for all moms making small changes to lead a healthier, happier mom-life. Be it a fitness challenge, healthy eating or squeezing in a few minutes of self care.
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Sophia

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5-minute self-care habits that you can start today

We all want to practice self-care. But whenever we think about it a little voice often tells us that there’s just no time for all that. But mamas matter too, especially when they’re running after toddlers from morning until dusk. 

Here are 5 self care techniques that take less than 5 minutes. You can do them anywhere at any time. They’re small but they can make a big difference and set you back on track when you’re feeling down.

1. 5 minutes of silence

Find 5 minutes of the day where your will enjoy complete silence and think about nothing. It could be early morning before everyone’s up, or during a nap time.

Just stop and be still. You can close your eyes and breathe. Or sit and look out of the window.

Try to clear your mind and just be for this little pocket of time. Take some deep breaths. Breathe in slowly for 8, hold for 8 and then breathe out slowly for 8. Repeat until you feel yourself calming down. 5 minutes of ‘nothing’ can have a big impact.

2. Repeat positive affirmations

Find some mantras that you believe in. And say them to yourself every day. They could be: ‘Only I can give my children a happy mom’ or ‘I’m doing an amazing job’.

Repeating positive affirmations every day can help challenge and overcome any negative thoughts and help you to make positive changes. 

3. Move it, move it

Do one thing every day that gets your body moving. Park the car a little way from where you’re going and walk the rest of the way. Or grab a skipping rope and play with the kids in the garden. Or just get out and walk in the park together. A little moving goes a long way.

4. Start a line a day journal

Each night, before you go to sleep, write down one line about your day. The only rule is that it has to be a happy thing.

Even on the really tough days, there’s always at least one positive moment. Writing them down can help you feel more positive too. 

5. Be kind to yourself

Being a parent is hard. It can be tiring and relentless and there can be days and weeks that really test you. So be kind to yourself. Talk to yourself kindly. And give yourself a break. You’ve got it covered.

Let us know if you have tried any of these self-care tricks and if they made a difference. What do you do when you are stressed? 

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I've been meaning to start a line a day journal for so long. There always feels like there's no time but I know I could spare a minute to jot things down when the kids are asleep, so going to give this a go.

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My Grandma always used to say 'Keep on keeping on' and it has become my mantra. Whenever I'm having a tough time I say it to myself and put one step in front of the other and keep on keeping on.

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I try to think of at least 10 things that I'm grateful for....it always reminds me that no matter what stressy thing is going on in the moment, I really do have a great life

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emily_l

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Hi everyone, I was looking for some breathing exercises to try to help with stress and was wondering if anyone has tried the Calm app? And if it's worked for you?

Just trying to find ways to unwind in the evenings and let go of the million things we have to plan...

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I haven't tried it but I wanted to as well. My daughter's going through some stressful exams and I heard that they have a Calm kids app as well. I think we both need it at the moment!

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Hi Emily, I haven't tried an app, but I have meditated with You Tube videos and it is incredibly helpful!

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I use the Calm app and love it. I use it most to listen to sleep stories to go to sleep but I do love the meditation exercises too. It's the one app I recommend to friends when they are feeling stressed.

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Nicola

Nicola

Right now, what one thing are you looking forward to? ????

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Sophia N
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Getting some 'me time' once the kids have gone to bed!

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Seeing my sister who is visiting this weekend. Can't wait ????

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Holly B
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Half term and a week away by the seaside with family.

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Keri
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My son getting back from PGL

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Keri

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I am still on my morning workouts and have lost three pounds:)))????

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Yay! You're doing so well

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???? that's great news well done! I'm hanging on by a thread but just about making the workouts every day. I need to pick it up a bit again now...

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emily_l

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Hi everyone. I'm trying to find some time to work out but it's hard when you're with the kids all day. I've seen some mums managing to work out with their kids in the room at home. Has anyone tried any of these exercise sessions with kids yet or have one to recommend? I was thinking of giving it a go next week.

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The easiest way to get a workout if you have a baby or toddler, is to strap them into the buggy at naptime and go for a jog, I think. There are a few jogging buggies out there now that can make it easier.

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Round here there are some fab buggy fit classes. I always see them exercising in the park and it looks so much fun

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marialev

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Do you think lifting a toddler 20 times a day count as weight lifting? ????

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Nicola
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Totally! Arms of steel. Go, Mama ????

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Keri

Keri

I fell off the wagon due to a family cold/flu bug, but feeling much better now and got my 15 minutes in this morning! For sure, some mornings are so much harder for me, esp since it’s getting darker in the mornings which makes it so much more tempting to sleep in!

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Hi me too ???? I only skipped a day but felt so bad about it. Back on the case again today so hopefully will get back on track as I was seeing the difference!

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Aw. Glad you're feeling better. Make the most of the autumn sunshine while its lasts and the darker mornings are here for the foreseeable.

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Sophia N

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Today was hard as we were up last night with our toddler - do you find it harder to work out with little sleep?

Some days every exercise feels so satisfying and others it’s so hard! I am seeing the difference so trying to keep it all in check and keep thinking of the goal!

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Keri

Keri

I’ve managed every day as well. I’m pretty sure I’ve slimmed down a bit. Definitely feel better for having committed to a goal!

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So I've just about managed to do my 15 minutes today while the kids were watching some of their shows before bath time...I usually prefer to work out in the morning but I can't always manage to get up with my alarm...

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