How do I relieve the stress in my life? Duh, I pop a Prozac! Okay, I only pop those 7-10 days out of the month(thanks PMDD) so I don’t guess that counts.
The truth is, you will almost always find me stressing about something. Children, my house, money, vacation, aging and the list goes on. I will say that most of my stress is self-imposed thanks to my wonderful type A personality. I’m always a bit envious of those carefree type personalities who just know, that in the end, it will all work out. Can I drink some of that kool-aid please?
Currently, a great deal of my stress revolves around my children. My oldest child is fast approaching puberty(Lord, help me now!!), my youngest one is always either throwing a fit or destroying my house and my middle child, God bless him seems to be an accident waiting to happen. Take for instance yesterday. I received a call from my husband that I needed to pick my son up from school because dun, dun, dun dun……he broke his arm. Really? You mean the exact same arm that he broke 11 months ago. Uh-huh.
If I had my way, I would totally de-stress by taking a child free vacation to some exotic land but since someone has to hold down the fort, mama has to find something a little less dramatic. Plus, I’d stress about missing them sooooo…… It’s a good thing I have a few little relaxation tools in my back pocket!
Baths: Not just any bath counts. No, this is the one where you lock the door, pour in some bath salts and make the water as hot as you can handle. I live for my nightly baths. After a long day, the allure of a hot bath draws me in almost every single night. Calgon, take me away!
Exercise: I used to exercise for one sole purpose. To look good! That is almost laughable to me now. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still part of the reason I exercise but I mainly get my fitness on because if I don’t, I’m not fun to deal with. A good sweat sesh cleanses me of the need to pull my hair out on a daily basis.
Reading: What better way to relax than to escape reality for a bit. There is just something so peaceful about curling up in bed, bedside lamp on and snuggling down into the covers with a really good book.
Target runs: I have been known to escape to Target on a Friday night sans children and husband many a times. After a hectic week, sometimes I just want to get out of the house. When I have nowhere to go, Target is always there. Sometimes, I might grab a coffee from Starbucks and cruise the aisles and other times, I am happy to do it empty-handed. I’m not the only one, either. I’ve seen lots of empty carts being pushed around by frazzled, dazed looking women. I feel ya, mama, I feel ya……
What are you favorite ways to relax and practice a little self-care?