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5 Easy Ways to De-Stress on Mother’s Day

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Jessica
05.05.14

For many of us, stress invades every aspect of life, even our time at home.

In fact, a recent BrightNest study showed that 81 percent of people feel stressed at home. And that stress isn’t just carried over from a bad day at work – many home tasks, like cooking, cleaning and caring for small children take their toll.

This Mother’s Day, make sure mom isn’t one of the 81 percent! Give her the gift of a stress-free day. (Or if you’re a mom, treat yourself!)

Here are five ways to help mom unwind on her holiday:

1. Make Lavender Spray

Give mom the gift of a great night’s sleep by making lavender linen spray. This easy recipe of essential oil, rubbing alcohol and distilled water takes about five minutes to make. The lavender essential oil will help you relax and get a better night’s sleep. Who couldn’t use that?

2. DIY Bath Bomb

Few things are more synonymous with relaxation than a bath. Take bath-time chill-time to the next level with bath bombs. These bath bombs can be made overnight and, when tossed in the tub, set off a fizzy reaction that releases super relaxing essential oils. 

3. Help Out with Chores

Sometime, stress happens simply because there is too much to do. Give your mom time to relax by taking over her daily chores. Lighten her load by doing the dishes, laundry or even giving the dog a bath. To make it an official gift, print these chore coupons and let her redeem them whenever she needs some TLC.

4. Make Teacup Candles

A nice-smelling candle isn’t just a pretty décor piece – 75 percent of emotions are triggered by smell, including pleasant childhood memories and feelings of well-being. Make these teacup candles for mom using essential oils that will make her feel calm and relaxed, such as eucalyptus or lavender.

5. Make Her Laugh

This is arguably the easiest (but most effective) gift you can give mom to help her loosen up on Mother’s Day. A good belly laugh enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles and increases endorphins, all of which lead to a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Plan a funny movie marathon with mom, or even just a YouTube video mini-marathon. A little laughter can go a long way!

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