I have a busy life. I spend many days feeling overwhelmed and even sometimes anxious for between the deadlines for my blog, being a mom, and balancing all the things life throws at me daily, I have learned that I have to take the time to take care of myself. After having a week of being so overly stressed out due to the girls being in a car accident, then the fridge went out and then the garage door broke, with many other little things in between, it was one of those weeks, where you just have to laugh, because if you don’t, you’d cry. That feeling is horrible and it forced me to think of the ways I deal with stress. I found a few things that helped, and now I am trying to intertwine these things in my daily life.
7 Ways I Try to Relieve Stress
Go for a walk.
It’s pretty text book that exercise is a great stress reliever. I mean, the endorphins that your body produces during exercise will give you a natural high. When I am working and I feel the clock is ticking and I am getting to the point that I am making mistakes, I just take a few minutes and take a walk. If I have the time, I will make it for about a half hour, but even a 10 minute break makes a world of difference.
Find quiet time everyday.
Whether it is first thing in the morning, a break in your afternoon, or right before you go to bed, take some quiet time to think of all the good in your life. Some will pray, some will meditate, whatever you want to call it, just have a little time concentrating and feeling thankful for all the good in your life. It works. It really can bring you a bit of peace of mind.
Watch something funny.
This maybe one of the most under rated ways to relieve stress. If I pop in a really funny movie, go to Vine, watch a funny show, anything to give me a really good laugh, then I am instantly feeling some stress relief. I mean, I completely agree that laughter is the best medicine. For me, laughter is my outlet and way of life. That is why for sure it’s in my top 5 ways to release some of that stress.
Sometimes you just need to rest your mind. Go to sleep a little earlier or take a nap. I can’t tell you how many times when things just got nuts I would just take a nap. I would wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the tasks that were starting to overwhelm me.
Whether it’s a night at home with your family or a night out with friends, socializing is good for the soul. Laugh a little. Talk to your friends. Share your life with your family. Take some time to have a little fun with the people that matter most to you.
Pay it forward.
I know for me, when I do something nice for someone, and not looking for something in return, it brings a sense of happiness over me. To make someone’s day, well that makes my day. To see someone smile, or cry tears of happiness, or squeal with joy, that is something that makes anything I am feeling stressed about seem small, and really puts things into perspective. When you are feeling like things are heavy, do something for someone. Take a cart back for that person in the parking lot as you are walking up to the store, buy that cup of coffee, give a compliment, or just look someone in the eyes and smile. It takes so little to make a big difference, and I promise, you will feel nothing but great and some of that stress will be lifted instantly.
I also gave RESCUE Pastilles a try and have found they have helped by providing me gentle, non-habit-forming every day stress relief. With several different types of RESCUE products to choose from, I found the gum drop like pastilles work best for me. When I am having a moment of feeling overwhelmed, I just pop one in my mouth, and a sense of calm falls over me. And for me, I love taking it right before I go to bed. I don’t wake up groggy, yet I can tell my mind isn’t running crazy and I feel relaxed and ready for bed. It’s pretty great.
So tell me, what works for you? I am always open to trying things to help make my life a little less chaotic, and to feel less stress, so tell me what you do.
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