With the holiday shopping season in full swing, moms are also in full speed mode. We’re spending days at school parties, shuttling kids to activities, and shopping all day at crowded loud stores. Many moms work full-time or part time jobs and have to find time to shop at night or only on weekends. It’s easy to still feel completely wired, stressed and unable to unwind at night. So what can you do? Consider trying these 3 simple and effective remedies to chill out.



Take an Epson Salt Bath

Any bath is relaxing and relieves stress but using epsom salts takes it a step further. The magnesium in epsom salts is absorbed through our skin and works in many beneficial ways. Magnesium is said to reduce inflammation and relax tense muscles. It even helps us produce more serotonin, the relaxing chemical in our brains, plus has multiple other health benefits. Can’t find time for a bath? Try a magnesium foot soak!

Try Aromatherapy

Numerous studies have shown the powerful effects of essential oils like lavender. Whether you sniff it, place a few drops near your bed, or you use a diffuser, you’ll likely find your body and mind relaxing faster and sleep coming sooner. For an hour before bed, diffuse an oil in the bedroom to de-stress and unwind. Rose, chamomile, bergamot, frankincense and ylang ylang work well too, or look for a blend that is specific to relaxing and calming the mind. Aromatherapy is simple and very effective.

Carve out 15 Minutes For You

Everyone is different and the ways that we release tension can vary. You know yourself best, but try taking 15 minutes for you, without distractions like cell phones (or kids for that matter)! You may want to relax by  shutting yourself in a bedroom and listen to relaxing music for 15 minutes. Or perhaps you’ll enjoy a quick 15 minute run on the treadmill to get yourself into a sweat and release tension. Or perhaps a walk around the block in the fresh air (or around the yard if that’s all you can do.) Just you, the stars and the moon. The key is to DO IT, not just think about it. Don’t throw yourself in bed all wound up from shopping, noise and crowds.

No matter how stressful and busy your shopping days are, you can rejuvenate and relax by taking some short time for you. Combine all 3 methods and you’ll likely erase all tensions and feel recharged and ready for a great night’s sleep. Save the wrapping for another day!