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For moms especially, it’s difficult to schedule ‘me-time’ when so much of our lives revolve around the well-being of others. But did you know that making self-care a daily habit not only alleviates stress, but it also contributes to longevity? We all know that exercise, a healthy diet and plenty of sleep are the building blocks of wellness, but there are little things you can do every day to pamper yourself. Think of it as fuel for your inner goddess!

  • Be grateful. Studies have shown that people who show gratitude are least likely to experience depression, and have an easier time managing the ups and downs of life. Take a minute every day to focus on the positive and give thanks!

  • Take a walk. Not only is it good for you physically, walking can also elevate your mood and get you back to center fast! Even a stroll for just 15 minutes a day can do wonders.

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  • Indulge in a book. When is the last time you fell in love with a character in a book? Reading takes our minds off immediate stress and pressure it can help maintain healthy cognitive functions; one of the first things to go when we’re under stress!

  • Savor a yummy treat. Both dark chocolate and red wine contain a healthy amount of resveratrol which is believed to be stave off cancer and heart disease, contribute to longevity and boost your metabolism. Can you say fountain of youth? Go ahead and have a glass of Malbec or nibble on a piece of the darkest chocolate you can find—it’s actually good for you!

  • Say no. Yes, it’s true! You may be feeling overextended because you say yes too much. Knowing your limits is key to preserving a healthy mental state. And don’t worry, you’re not being mean; saying no is good for others too—how else are they supposed to know your boundaries if you don’t?

Estelle Shaw is a fitness and wellness expert, mom of two, and the founder of Fitness Flower, a collection of fitness products designed to help women get into shape without adding to their “to do” list or overloading an already busy schedule. The line, consisting of Bathroom Begonia and Office Orchid, incorporates movements to help build and maintain strength and health into your existing tasks, for example while brushing your teeth or sitting at your desk. “I’m passionate about helping women focus on health and wellness without asking them to devote precious time exclusively to exercise.”—Estelle Shaw.