Do you find yourself running like crazy in an attempt to do it all? These 5 Simple Ways To De-Stress can help!
I am totally stressed these days! To be fair, I know I have it easier than some and I shouldn’t complain…we’re healthy, have a roof over our head, food in the pantry, etc. That being said, I’m still totally stressed out!
My stress is mostly related to having a million things to do and no time to do them all! I recently took a temporary job covering for a teacher on maternity leave. While it’s only for three months, and the class is awesome, it’s still a full time job. This blog is also a full time job. If you’re not a blogger, you probably don’t understand the countless hours that it requires and while I absolutely love it, it is a lot of work. Then there’s my third job (I’m kidding…sort of) that involves taking care of the kids, doing laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.
Christmas shopping? Nope, I haven’t even started! Yes, I know I should be one of those people that starts in June and is done by September but I’m just not. Honestly, I really love shopping during Christmas season but this year I just haven’t had the time. Christmas cards, pictures with Santa? Haven’t crossed those off my list yet either.
Needless to say, I’ve felt slightly overwhelmed trying to keep up with everything. Having an active three year old doesn’t help either! However, I’ve been there before and luckily I have tricks up my sleeve that seem to work every time. I can’t promise they’ll work permanently, but they’ll work for a couple hours at least. In mom hours, that’s an eternity!
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Pour a nice glass of wine
Okay, it doesn’t even have to be a nice glass…pour a cheap glass from the box if you have to. There’s just something about a glass of wine that seems to make everything a little better. Just make sure there’s no Adele playing in the background or it will all go downhill fast!
WARNING #1: NEVER listen to Adele if you’re trying to recover from a rough day! You’re trying to find your happy place, not end up in a crying heap in the corner.
Watch a favorite show
After you pour that glass of wine, put on a favorite show. Maneuver past those hundreds of Mickey Mouse and Dora cartoons on your DVR and find that show you taped two months ago that you haven’t had time to watch. For the first five minutes you’ll probably be thinking of all the things you should be doing instead of watching TV. Drown that voice out and after a couple more minutes, you’ll be so into your show that you won’t hear it anymore.
Take a bath
This is something I need to do more often! There’s nothing better than getting the water steaming hot, grabbing a magazine or book and taking a relaxing bath. If you really want to get fancy, light some candles and add bubble bath.
WARNING #2: Do NOT, under any circumstances, attempt to do this while the children are still awake. As soon as that big toe hits the water, you will be needed for some emergency, usually involving a lost toy or a sudden desperate need for a glass of milk. If you actually do manage to make it all the way in the water without interruption, don’t get too comfortable…it’s only a matter of minutes before they want to get in the bathtub with you!
You may not even feel like doing it, but I’ve found that running (or even a long walk) somehow de-stresses me. If you’re able to get away for an hour or so, get your awesome, fist-pumping playlist and get moving. Unless you do something really embarrassing like fall off the treadmill (done that!), I guarantee you’ll feel better afterwards.
Warning #3: Chasing kids around or picking toys up off the floor does not count as exercise…at least not the kind that relaxes you!
While a week in Bora Bora would be ideal, sometimes just a few hours out and about by yourself can seem like a mini-vacation. Get a mani-pedi, meet a girlfriend for lunch or Mom’s Night Out or just spend some alone time at Target. It sure is nice to walk leisurely through the kitchen and bath sections without any kids begging to go to the toy section. Hey, maybe you can even get some of that Christmas shopping done!
Is anything stressing you out these days? What are some of your go-to tricks for de-stressing?