The last few weeks have been a bit stressful around here. Nothing major has happened (touch wood) but I just feel a tad wiped out. I’ve had assignments due, exams to study for, homework to help with, a husband to deal with, and eventually it all starts to pile up. When this happens, I find it’s important to do a little something for myself to help me relax. As busy Mums we all know how difficult it can be to take time for ourselves, thanks to that charming monster that is “Mum Guilt”. So I thought today I would share 5 things I do when I feel my stress levels rising, that don’t take a lot of time or money, but that help me unwind.
Have a cup of tea. I know this sounds ridiculously simple, but when life is just getting way too much and it feels like things are coming at me from all sides, the best thing I can do is turn the kettle on. Just taking a few moments to take a break and do something for myself can give me that little recharge I need to get back on with life. If tea isn’t your drink of choice, find something that takes a moment to prepare that you can just sit quietly and enjoy. Don’t forget to make sure to use your favourite cup, it really helps, trust me!
Take a bath. Sometimes a cup of tea just isn’t enough. Sometimes I need more. Soaking in a warm bath can do wonders for bringing back my sanity. I like to light a candle or two and add some bubbles or Epsom salt to the water. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just a little something extra to make myself feel special. I might even pop on some Norah Jones, to really set the mood. It doesn’t have to be a long bath, 15 minutes later and I’m ready to face the world again.
Give yourself a manicure/pedicure. This is just another little thing I can do to take care of myself that helps me relax. Again, it doesn’t have to be fancy, a simple coat of nail polish will do the trick. But if I have time, soaking my hands and/or feet (depending on how much time I have) and giving myself a massage and my nails a file help soothes my soul. As an added bonus bright, shiny toenails can keep me feeling on top of it for days to come!
Write it out. When I feel my stress level starts building I often find myself getting caught up in my own head. With all those thoughts going round and round sometimes I just need to get them out. For me, writing them down seems to be the best way to do this. Once I’m done, I can rip it up and throw it away if I feel like I really need to be rid of them, or I can simply just turn the page. I also find it helpful afterwards to take a moment and think of 5 good things in my life right now and write them down. This gives me a positive vibe to move forward with.
Go for a walk. If all else fails get outside and get those endorphin’s pumping. You’ll be feeling better in no time!
So there you have my 5 simple ways to de-stress. What do you do to relax and unwind? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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