For mothers, relaxation is almost like an art form. There are a lot of things mothers have to do, from parenting to keeping the house running. All these tasks mothers have to do can be stressful, and finding time to relax can be hard. 

There are many different ways to relax, but not all of them are good for your health. Some methods of relaxation, such as drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes, can actually negatively affect health. 

It is important to choose a method of relaxation that will not harm your health. Here are some things to consider when choosing a method of relaxation.

Is the feeling temporary?

The first thing to consider is whether the feeling of relaxation is temporary. 

Some methods, such as drinking wine or champagne, can provide a temporary sense of relaxation but probably won’t help you stay relaxed. Other methods, such as meditation, can provide lasting relaxation without any negative side effects.

What are the long-term effects?

It is also important to consider the long-term effects of a method of relaxation. Sticking with the alcohol example, consistently drinking alcohol as a way to relax can lead to alcohol addiction, which can cause long-term health problems like liver damage. 

However, if you use exercise as a way to relax, the long-term effects will be positive. Regular exercise has numerous health benefits, including reduced stress and improved mental health.

Are there any risks?

Another thing to consider is whether there are any risks associated with the method of relaxation. For example, smoking cigarettes carries several health risks, including cancer and lung disease. 

On the opposite side, methods such as taking a long walk are relatively safe. Sure, there’s a chance you might trip and hurt yourself, but the act of walking itself is generally harmless. 

What are the benefits?

In addition to the risks, you need to consider what benefits are associated with your method of relaxation. For instance, if you watch a lot of television, you might not get any physical benefits, but you might enjoy the mental stimulation. 

On the other hand, if you get a massage, you will likely experience physical and mental benefits. Some health benefits of massages include improved posture, pain management, and reduced stress.

Does it leave you feeling sick?

It is also important to consider whether your method of relaxation leaves you feeling sick. Some mothers might eat junk food as a way to relax. However, eating a lot of junk food can make you feel sick later. 

If you use relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or visualization, you will likely feel better after doing them. These relaxation techniques can help you destress and clear your mind of negative thoughts. 

How recommended is it by health professionals?

You should consider if a method of relaxation is recommended by health professionals. Going back to the junk food example, most doctors will probably not advise you to eat chips, candy, or drink soda every day. 

In contrast, most doctors will probably tell you to drink water every day. A big reason is that water is one of the best ways to hydrate your body.  

Do you have any regrets afterward?

Regrets can come in a variety of forms. Let’s use going to the spa as an example. Some mothers might regret spending too much money paying for the spa day. Although, going to the spa itself might have been a great form of relaxation. 

If you look at an activity like staying in bed all day (when you’re not sick), you don’t have to spend any money. However, you may regret not doing anything for the whole day. You might feel agitated you didn’t accomplish anything meaningful or neglected your responsibilities. 

Does it make you happy in the long run?

Finally, you should consider if your method of relaxation makes you happy in the long run. If you spend all your time on activities like watching television, you might not be very happy in the long run. You might feel like you are wasting your time. 

If you find hanging out with loved ones relaxing, you might be happier in the long run. Spending time with your loved ones can improve your mental and emotional health. 


Relaxation is a critical part of healthy living for mothers. If you don’t take time to relax, you will be doing your mental and physical health a disservice. 

Yet, you must be mindful of how you choose to unwind and relax. You want to focus on activities that serve to benefit your health and make you happy for the long term. 

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Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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