(StatePoint) For busy women, finding a stretch of time to unwind might seem impossible, but no matter how busy life gets, taking a moment for oneself has crucial benefits, suggests a new study.
Nine out of ten women agree no matter how stressful their day, taking a moment to relax and recharge makes everything better, according to a recent survey conducted by Lindt USA.
While a lengthy shopping excursion or a relaxing yoga class may not be possible every day, it only takes a moment to get the benefits of a daily pause. Nearly one-in-three women say they would only need five minutes or less each day to relax or recharge, while half of women are too busy taking care of others to pay attention to their own needs.
For women juggling life’s demands, here are some great ways to pause for a moment of “me” time:
Take a Deep Breath
A few minutes of daily meditation is good for the body, mind and soul. Whether it’s while walking the dog or commuting to work, spend a few minutes setting aside your anxieties. Clear your mind and focus on the present, not on what needs to get done.
Break for Lunch
More than a quarter of women surveyed say a daily recharge makes them more productive at work. Even when deadlines are piling up, never forget to take a break in the middle of the work day. Leave your desk or workstation for fresh air or a visit with coworkers. An indulgence, such as a chocolate treat or a quick walk around the block can improve your focus for the final home stretch.
Unwind Before Bed
After the kids have gone to bed, carve out a peaceful routine before turning in for the night. Whether it’s reading in bed or curling up and watching your favorite TV show, designating a few minutes each night to unwind will help you sleep better.
When you need to take some time for yourself at any point during the day, why not enjoy it with chocolate? It’s your moment, so go for something premium, such as a smooth Lindt LINDOR truffle. Small indulgences can have a big impact, and enjoying a LINDOR truffle, with its smooth melting center provides the perfect “melt-worthy” me moment.
This month, Lindt is rewarding women for finding that time to relax. The brand is hosting the “Have You Felt the #LINDORmelt?” contest asking fans to share their “melt-worthy” moments with LINDOR truffles.
Each day in May, five winners will receive two bags of LINDOR truffles – one to enjoy and one to share with a friend. At the end of May, one grand prize winner will be awarded a spa getaway to Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Ariz., and a year’s supply of LINDOR truffles. To share your “melt-worthy” moments for the chance to win indulgent and relaxing prizes, visit, Facebook.com/LindtChocolate.
From feeling calmer to being more patient and understanding with your kids, taking a moment for yourself can have many benefits.