We all have those moments where we are hanging on to the cliff’s edge of sanity. You’ve got deadlines to meet. Your kid or kids are acting like they had red bull for lunch. You have what feels like a million things to do and not enough hours in the day to do them all. The stress is setting in. The circumstances are inevitable, but how we manage the stress is within our control.
I have to be honest, since becoming a mom, I have had very few stressful moments. It is such a joy to be with my son. The ones I did have were mostly outside of mommyhood. However, as I mention in one of my previous post, I love the person I’ve become, because I fought to become her, I have had many stressful jobs. Deadlines, customers complaints, computer problems, and work relationships were the causes of most of my strenuous moments.
Here are some of stress relieving techniques I use to help reduce and manage the stress I have to deal with. Maybe these can help you too!
I love to sing. Turning on the radio or plugging headphones in from my phone and singing to a song really helps release those endorphins. Disney songs are the easiest and most dramatic to sing to.
Most of the time this happens after some singing if it’s a song that is really poppin’. Dancing gets your body moving and your circulation going which is a stress reducer. One of the most recent songs I love to dance to is Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk and Justin Beiber’s Sorry (click the links to watch the music videos 😉)
Reading a fictional book
I love creative storytelling. So when I going through something stressful, reading is like escaping reality into a wonderful world of imagination. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah Maas my current fiction obsession.
When I am going through something stressful that has been going on for a while, my energy is abnormally depleted much faster. Taking a nap a day helps turn of my mind off to help my body relax and recuperate lost energy to make it through the rest of the day.
Watching a funny movie or TV show
As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. Watching something funny can really help you tune out of problems and help your body out be having some time of relaxation and enjoyment. Having that break can really help reenergize and lighten up your mood for a while. My current go-to comedy is the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Going to a coffee shop
There is something about the environment at a coffee shop that is so soothing to me. I am not a coffee drinker, but my drinks of choice are either tea or a hot chai latte. I can go by myself or with someone else. I think that going by myself with either a book or my IPad gives me the time I need to just be quiet and work on something enjoyable or creative in a relaxing environment.
Just being with the people you love can be all you need to remind you that even if the world fell to crap, as long as you have them you will be alright.
There you have it! I hope maybe this helped some of you. I believe the key to stress management and finding what works for you is to do something that helps you focus on the positive things in your life rather than the negative.
Please share with me! What are your stress-relieving techniques?
Thank you so much for reading! Have a great week!
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