Carrying the world on your shoulders? Because our shoulders
often end up carrying a majority of our tensions, here's a simple
yoga stretch that can be done anywhere and anytime:
Place your hands on the top of a sturdy chair, about shoulders'
width apart. (If you don't have a chair, place your hands against a
wall at about chest level.)
Bring your feet a giant step away from the wall or chair and
bend forward with a flat back. If your legs feel tight, bend your
knees and feel your tailbone lifting up. If your shoulders hurt,
bend your elbows. Lengthen your spine and let your head relax down.
Your arms, head and back should hang at about a right angle to the
floor. Rest in this position for several deep breaths.
Breathe into your shoulders. Exhale. After several long breaths,
slowly step back up and straighten your body.
Not only does this stretch release tensions in the shoulders and
neck, it also helps to give you a fresh outlook on your day. When
you feel overwhelmed or stuck on a problem or just need a quick
release, try this stretch to help you gain a new perspective.
Release the shoulders + relax the mind = Cheers to a happy back and
healthy new year!
Tip provided by mom-to-be and Yoga expert Joan Budilovsky of
Resolutions you can keep
Snooze on Festival of Sleep Day Jan. 2-Re-charge your batteries
after a holiday season spent making memories for your family. Rely
on your significant other or the grandparents to take care of the
kids while you sleep the day away guilt-free.
Indulge in Bubble Bath Day Jan. 8-After the kids are tucked in,
fill a warm bath with your favorite (grown up) bubble bath, light a
few candles, put on a favorite soothing CD and enjoy the woman
Hug on National Hugging Day Jan. 21-Give hugs to friends, family
and pets. Nothing beats a hug to make things right in your busy
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Key to a quick check in
ext messaging has become a part of life for
many tweens and teens, so moms need to be
in the know to stay in touch with their kids.
Most phones have the option for text messaging, as do phone
plans. To get started, messaging should be an option under "menu."
Some phones are user friendly and have a quick-button option. Once
you have the new message open, you can text one to 10 people
depending on your phone. You can choose the recipients by "adding"
people from your "contacts" (the phone numbers you have saved into
You have two options to writing your message. The first, and
simplest way, is to use the "ABC" method. Simply hit each button
until your desired letter appears. The second is the "T9 Word"
option. Don't let the big name fool you-it's actually a smart
program. Type in the words on your keypad. The phone will be
prompted to create the word. Not what you're looking for? Hit "0"
or "Next" for more options. This mode allows you to text faster,
using fewer buttons.
But remember-texting is designed for the quick check-in, the
"hey, hope you have a lovely day" messages. It is never to be
substituted for a meaningful conversation.
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