Hint for the busy

During the time the children of the family are sleeping, their mother need not try to go to bed, as the meaning is usually accepted, for as sure as she does, the troubled nap will be constantly interrupted by calls in various ways.

But she can bathe her face, hands and feet in cool water; put on a loose wrapper without any sleeves, and leave off underclothing that is weighty. Then to sit in a cane chair with a high stool or other chair upon which the feet may be elevated, to loosen her hair, slip on only light slippers, and lie perfectly quiet for even fifteen minutes will prove the the very help she needs. If too nervous — and many women are — to sit with closed eyes for even thirty seconds, a book of some sort may be placed so it can be easily scanned until the weary eyelids close of themselves. To lose consciousness for half a minute revives and rests anyone.

As aids to securing the restful feeling that will effectually prevent constant movement, a bath with a little camphor in it helps wonderfully, for one thing, and just a spraying of cool water, letting it dry on the body, is another easily tried. The value of cool water in allaying nervousness is attested by medical men everywhere, and its virtue lies as much in the being able to try it without cost as in anything else.

Tired and worn women with frazzled nerves go to high-priced sanatoriums, as well as to all sorts of healing and soothing “springs,” where they pay enormously for exactly the same privileges they would enjoy in their own homes if they would but be content.

Hints for busy moms

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Source publication: The Washington Herald

Source publication date: 10 September 1914

Notes: Herald's Page for Women Readers (Column)

Filed under: 1910s, Culture & lifestyle, Family & parenting, Newspapers

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