Happy belated Mother’s Day to moms, foster moms, grand moms and soon-to-be moms. In our fast-paced lives, there might not be much time left for Mom. This Mother’s Day, take time to reflect on you.
Mom, at times, may become the problem solver for the family. It is our nature. However, it can be stressful. Taking time to reflect may reduce your stress. For example, did an idea to solve a problem ever come to you once you took yourself out of the problem situation? Reflection is much like that. Often, when we are knee deep in problem-solving mode, our creativity plummets. However, if you remove yourself from the day’s routine, preferably in a quiet setting, you are able to see more clearly. Your viewpoint on the problem may change and solutions may just pop into your mind,
Take today to reflect on yourself. Do you enjoy your food? Do you feel that you are able to be physically active? Are their small changes that you would like to make?
Reflection takes time. Feel like you do not have time to reflect? Delegate a 15-minute task to another family member. That task might be putting together a crock-pot meal for tomorrow’s dinner. Then, take a Yoga stretch. Here’s how:
Simple Yoga Stretch
The following physical activity can be used by individuals or a group for releasing muscle tension triggered as a response to stress.
• Stand relaxed, arms hanging at sides and feet about one foot apart.
• Tilt head back and hold for five seconds
• Roll head forward and hold for five seconds.
• Curl chest and stomach forward as you bend at the waist; arms dangling for five seconds.
• Inhale slowly through mouth as you straighten up. Raise arms overhead; drop arms slowly to sides as you exhale slowly though your mouth.
“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” Aesop’s Fables
Finally yet importantly, here is a quick an easy crockpot recipe that one of you family members can make for dinner tomorrow. Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese
1 (16 oz.) whole grain macaroni, and drained
1 tbsp. canola or olive oil 1
(13 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 and ½ cup skim milk
3 c. shredded low fat sharp cheddar cheese
Spray slow cooker with nonfat spray. Toss macaroni and oil together. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir, cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with non-starchy vegetable like broccoli, sauté greens and a salad.
Mary Ehret is the Penn State Extension Nutrition Links Supervisor in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe, Carbon, Sullivan and Bradford counties. Reach her at 570-825-1701 or at email@example.com.