Everybody has to deal with stress and with five kids and three jobs I deal with stress every day so when the people at RESCUE asked me to write a post about how I deal with stress I jumped at the chance. For me, the best way to handle my daily stress is to take a little time for myself in a peaceful spot after the kids have gone to bed. I’ve created my own little haven on the patio off the master bedroom complete with swivel rocker chairs, table and flameless battery operated candles on the table and in the lanterns I’ve hung overhead. I love to spend a few minutes each day out there reading to settle my jumbled thoughts and emotions.
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Here are some of my other favorite tips for handling and relieving stress:
- Keep a positive attitude. Try to look at the bright side even if things aren’t going so well.
- Accept that some things are out of your control.
- Do something that is enjoyable for you like gardening or reading.
- Go for a walk or a drive if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Sit quietly and reflect for at least 15 to 20 minutes every day.
- Practice relaxation techniques like mediation, yoga or deep breathing.
- Get regular exercise like jogging, bicycling, walking or working out at the gym or in your own home.
- Reach out to friends, family or others in your social network to talk about your stressful issues.
- Avoid people or activities that stress you out whenever possible.
- Write down your thoughts in stressful moments to help gain perspective.
- Learn to say no and quit trying to please everyone all the time.
- Stand up and stretch or rotate your neck to loosen your muscles.
- Soak in a hot tub with bath salts in a relaxing scent like lavender.
- If you have a pet cat or dog sit and pet or play with them for a few minutes.
- Be sure to get enough rest and sleep so your body can recover from stressful events.
Disclosure – This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.