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If you’ve got a spare five sec­onds, or a whole hour, try these ideas to get the most out of your me-time this Mother’s Day

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Temper Tantrums -

If you’ve got five sec­onds SMELL SOME­THING MINTY

A quick sniff of mint re­duces stress lev­els, as the men­thol it con­tains helps re­lax your mus­cles, leav­ing you feel­ing less tense. Keep a bot­tle of pep­per­mint es­sen­tial oil in your bag, so you can take a quick sniff when you feel stressed. Sim­ply breathe in the fresh aroma and it will work its magic in sec­onds. Try Jurlique Pep­per­mint Pure Es­sen­tial Oil, $35.

If you’ve got one minute RAISE YOUR HEART RATE

Ex­er­cise might be the last thing you feel like do­ing when you’ve got free time, but a re­cent study found a one-minute burst of high-in­ten­sity ex­er­cise, such as star jumps or squats, can give the same health ben­e­fits as a 45-minute mod­er­ate-in­ten­sity work­out.

If you’ve got two min­utes HAVE FUN BLOW­ING BUB­BLES

When you’re hav­ing a hec­tic day, it can feel dif­fi­cult to take the long, deep breaths you need to keep calm and re­laxed. Help slow down your breath­ing by bor­row­ing your toddler’s bub­ble mix­ture and blow­ing some your­self. Purs­ing your lips and blow­ing in­stantly helps you ex­hale more deeply. And by nar­row­ing your mouth you’re forc­ing ev­ery last gasp of air out of your lungs, which boosts your lung ca­pac­ity.

If you’ve got 15 min­utes CRE­ATE A PIN­TER­EST PROJECT

Putting to­gether an in­spir­ing Pin­ter­est mood board based on travel, bak­ing, craft projects or beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors gives your brain some time out from con­stantly multi-task­ing and helps you feel re­laxed and in the mo­ment. It will also give you some in­spi­ra­tion for ex­cit­ing fu­ture projects to look for­ward to, whether it’s a home makeover or a family trip.

If you’ve got 20 min­utes CON­NECT WITH AN­OTHER MUM

Ar­range to call a mum friend when you need to let off steam. Shar­ing prob­lems and see­ing the funny side of your toddler’s tantrum can re­mind you that you’re not alone and an­other mum is go­ing through the same thing. You might not need to call of­ten, but just know­ing a friend is ready to lis­ten can be all you need to feel bet­ter.

If you’ve got 30 min­utes JUST SIT AND BE

How of­ten do you get to sit down and re­lax with just your thoughts? Not very of­ten, we’ll bet. But hav­ing quiet time to your­self, with­out de­mands or the dis­trac­tion of TV, can help give your bat­ter­ies a much-needed charge. A re­cent study re­vealed that the ma­jor­ity of mums get less than 17 min­utes a day to do some­thing for them­selves, but this time can be used to do noth­ing for your­self as well. So re­lax in your gar­den breath­ing in the fresh air, curl up on the sofa or sit stroking your pet.

If you’ve got one hour HAVE A SLUM­BER PARTY FOR ONE

The gift most mums want more than any­thing is a bit more sleep. A 20-30 minute nap boosts alert­ness with­out leav­ing you feel­ing groggy. And if you can have an early night, even bet­ter. Re­search re­veals that get­ting an early night helps you worry less, fight off ill­ness more eas­ily and even look bet­ter. With all the me-time you’ve squeezed into your day, you’ll be happy to hand your evening over to sleep.

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