I always thought when I could be a stay at home mom my stress would decrease, boy oh boy was I wrong. I never dreamed that being a mom would bring me so much joy, or so much stress! It taught me that no matter what your stage in life you will be dealing with stress, and that eating cupcakes is not the right way to handle it! The most effective practice I have found for dealing with my own stress is to make time for me.
Here are 5 ways I have found to carve out some me time:
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Take a Hike– Literally. Get out of town and get in touch with nature. Unplug and spend some time meditating. I love to go somewhere with a great spot to sit and rest. I don’t just hike there and back, I take my time and enjoy the great outdoors and the quiet stillness it provides.
Exercise– As much as exercise can be hard, the benefits of it cannot be argued. Getting out the house to exercise has been a great way to make some time for myself. Besides taking care of my body those few minutes of listening to my favorite music, audio book, or watching my favorite show can really reset my attitude.
Girls Night– Head out on the town with your friends. It is so easy to feel guilty about this much needed escape, but being around my best friends makes me feel better about myself, which in turn makes me a better wife, mother, sister, and friend. It is such important time!
De-Stress– I love to take some time with my DeStressify Pro App. DeStressify is an easy, affordable, and effective way to cut back on the stress in my everyday life. Once you figure out what stress really is (it will teach you) and how to handle it (it will teach you) you will feel much more in control of you life.
Destressify provides you with tools and exercises that will help release feelings and habits that have lodged themselves in your cellular memory. These practices will help rewire your brain. With practices for calming the mind, emotional balance, relaxation, energizing exercises, and achieving joy, you will easily find a few really effective tricks to help you destress.
My Favorite part about the DeStressify Pro app is the ability to schedule your practice sessions. It keeps track of your progress, reminds you of your scheduled practices, and give you positive reinforcement. All the gentle reminders this busy mom needs to stay on track. This app goes a long way in helping me remember to take time for me and how to deal with the things that trigger my stress responses. I really enjoy my time using it. The Healing Lake Meditation mentioned above is my favorite. If that narrators voice doesn’t make you feel relaxed, I don’t know what will!
Find out more about the app, free and pro version, and how to download it here.
Make a List– I find that most of the time I am stressed because I have left things to the last minute or I am over scheduled. When I begin to feel my body reacting to the stress, making a list helps me see what I have to do and when I have to do it. This exercise helps me feel more in control of my feelings and emotions. By making time for me an item on my list, I remember how important it is that I do so! It lets me step back and look at things without my emotions involved! Plus, checking items off my list feels pretty good too.