Families with Style: Finding "Me" Time When You're a Working Mom

Perhaps you've just completed a difficult project at work, or you've been forced to give the kids a time-out over the phone, or you're barely going to make it to the parent-teacher conference because of that 5pm meeting...

If you're one of those always-on working moms, you'll be the first to admit that you don't always take the time you need to relax and rejuvenate. When we asked our family style maven, Liz Lange, about her favorite ways to depressurize after the workday, we learned that sometimes an indulgence is as simple as a walk in the park!

Here's the scenario: You've come to the end of a high-stress day. You need to get out of the office and home to the kids. And you need to find time for yourself. What do you do, how do you do it and what's the result?

I think it's really important to get relief. And it can be easy and inexpensive '- and sometimes free '- to transition from the pressures of work to a relaxing evening at home.

Indulgence #1: Weather permitting, I find it really relaxing to walk home. Get out of the office, take a walk, let your mind wander, be free. Think about things that are in the present. Then think about something fun that's on the horizon. Push yourself to release the pressuring thoughts. Music really helps. After work, I grab my iPod, which is filled with songs that I enjoy. They might be uplifting, peaceful or relaxing. And if you can't walk home, you'll still find that it makes all the difference in the world to simply play some music in the car. It's extremely relaxing '- a great transition.

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