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3 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

March 01, 2017 Michelle Cannon 1 Comments

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As a single, working mom, I'm an ideal candidate for stress. As a workaholic sort, I have to make a conscientious effort to decompress and enjoy life. It's not easy for me.

Recently, I was babysitting two of my grandchildren. For the first half of the morning, my thoughts were on getting things done so I could work.

Basically, the goal meet the kids' basic needs so I could stick my face in the laptop. But something else happened along the way. 

The older kids were riding bikes. Then, the toddler joined them outside to play on the trampoline. I was taking pictures and videos. Later, my 2-year-old granddaughter wanted to play - with me. She wanted me to chase her, then tickle her. Snuggle on the bed. Tickle some more.

I knew that was more important than working. So I played with her most of the afternoon. What happened next was amazing.

I felt my body relax. I felt my mind relax.

I suffer from chronic muscle pain, most of it brought on by my own behavior. I work to much; stress too much; and don't put in enough time enjoying life. I do all the things that cause muscles to ache.

But not that day. I didn't have a bit of pain all day. Why? Because I was relaxing and enjoying my family.

I stopped thinking about work.
I stopped worrying about clients.
I chose to just enjoy those grandbabies.

So today I want to talk to you about stress relief.

Whether you're a work at home mom, like me, or work outside the home. Even if you're not employed, you work hard at the mom job.

You spend most of your time concentrating on necessary tasks, dedicating yourself to getting things done.

Life and work are stressful.

Here's a list of things you can do to help relieve the stress in your mind and body. They may come easy to you. Perhaps, if you're like me, you'll have to make a diligent effort to set aside time to do these things.

Dedicate yourself to these tasks as much as you would all the tasks that induce stress. You'll be surprised at how much better you'll feel!

Take up a hobby.

Maybe you already have a hobby you enjoy. Do that. If you don't have one, find one. What do you like to do?

Hobbies are great for relieving stress. 

When you allow yourself to be absorbed in a pleasant activity that you enjoy, you can set your problems aside more easily.

So what do you enjoy doing? Singing? Dancing? Gardening? Drawing? The list of ideas is only limited by your list of interests.

You're a human, so there's something you like to do, right? Do that something.

Get Outdoors

Yep. I'm saying it again (Why? See my GetOutdoors posts on Facebook). 

Get outdoors. What do you do outdoors? Anything you like.
  • Take up a sport.
  • Go hiking.
  • Hang out at the beach.
  • Take a walk at a downtown park.
  • See an outdoor movie in the park.
  • Take a nature walk.
  • See an outdoor concert.

The possibilities are endless. Just get outside. Soak up the sun, breathe the fresh air, relax your body and mind.

Take a Vacation or Mini-Vacation

Everyone loves a vacation, right? I do!

If you can afford it, take a week or two off from work. If you can't take that much time away, consider a mini-vacation. We do these quite often. In fact, I'm doing a few this month!

It doesn't have to be a fancy, expensive vacation, just some time off from the daily stresses can have a profoundly positive affect on your mind, body, and mood.

In fact, I prefer the mini vacations. Sure the week-long vacations are fun, but sometimes they can be stressful simply because it's a big deal - a week of renting a place to stay, eating out, trying to fill every minute with activities. 

Those are fun once in a while, but I find I relax even more when there are no big expectations.

For instance, running over to St. Augustine, FL. is a short trip for me, but strolling around St. George street, peeking in all the shops, stopping for ice cream - these are enjoyable stress-free activities.

So choose a destination. Book your house. Set a small spending budget. Now go have fun!

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1 comment:

  1. Living in the moment and enjoying the people around us can really help in relieving stress!


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