Hurry Up and Relax.


Seven minutes: Most of us mommies continuously do a few things at once. Ironically, we often do these things poorly because we are rushing and not focused. So for these minutes, stop the madness. Choose one thing to do and stick to it for. Fight your compulsion to “get more done” and see how much more focused and present you feel to the task at hand.

Ten Minutes: I know it’s sounds cliché, but it works, ladies. Sneak away for ten minutes for some fresh air. Walk around the block, do some jumping jacks, take some deep breaths and remember that life goes beyond your cubicle, apartment, or office.

One Hour: Keep dreaming, momma.

Nora Isaacs is a freelance magazine writer with a specialty in health, wellness, yoga and the author of Women in Overdrive: Find Balance and Overcome Burnout at Any Age. Nora’s work has appeared in Alternative Medicine, Body & Soul, Fit Yoga, Fitness, Natural Health, The New York Times, Wired, Women’s Health,, The San Francisco Chronicle, Yoga Journal, Yoga Life, and many other national magazines

I feel like a new woman! it is simple, but it works.


The deep breathing really helps. I've had a serious case of overwhelmed/burnout lately and just taking 4-5 deep, long, slow breaths makes a world of difference.


I have literally started counting to 10 to calm myself down when I feel like things are spinning out of control. I can't believe how effective such a simple exercise can be.