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Life is beyond stressful. Especially, it seems, as women. I don’t know why, but it feels like we just have so many more responsibilities. Over time, it can really get us down and it can feel like you’re just going to snap. Am I right or am I right? Before you completely lose your mind, before you snap, make sure you check out my tips for de-stressing on a particularly rough day.
Can you believe it’s almost the end of the school year? I know for some of you, your kids are already out of school. Or maybe you’re in university yourself and are wrapping up the year. My 9 year old has one more week left of the school year, and there are a lot of mixed-feelings that come along with that realization.
First of all, I must state the facts.
- I love my kid. I love his laugh. I love his imagination. I love his stories.
- What I don’t love is all the arguing over screen-time, chores, and of course the “Mom, I’m bored” whining.
- Trying to get a full day of work complete as a work-at-home-mom is near impossible during the summer months. Either you’re interrupted every 5 minutes or you’re taking time out of your day to spend time with your kids.
Yikes, summer is a hard balance!
Before you think I’m complaining, I definitely am not. I have worked my butt off to have the opportunity to get to stay home with my son during summer breaks, holidays, and on sick days. I just know that days outside of our normal schedule don’t always go as planned.
I can already picture the stressful days ahead.
The stress of not getting everything on my to-do list done.
The stress of feeling guilty for not being able to do all the things with my son that I want to do.
The stress of being interrupted over and over again.
Often, stress can lead to unhealthy behaviors. You know what I mean. Too much stress = turning to food or alcohol. Too much stress and overwhelm = throwing in the towel and not actually getting anything done. Too much stress = a complete meltdown.
So instead, I’m going to grab the bull by the horns and have a plan for the inevitable stress.
And of course, this doesn’t just have to apply to summer months.
Stressful days happen all year long.
During the holidays.
Big projects at work.
Preparation for vacation.
We are all surrounded by stress all the time.
I’m going to give you some ideas on how you can combat your own stressful days, no matter when they hit. This way, you won’t be caught with a spoon in one hand and a pint of ice cream in another, thinking that it will solve all your stresses.
How to De-Stress After a Rough Day
I think it’s important to decide what things are meaningful to you. What things make you happy. What things bring you joy.
Sure, I am going to make a list here in a second of all the things I turn to when I’m having a stressful day, but my de-stressors may not be the same for you. This is just a way to get in the mindset of stress-relieving behaviors so you can figure out exactly what you need in order to take time for yourself on those stressful days.
So let’s get to it. This is how I de-stress:
Whether it’s lifting weights, going for a run, or just having a dance party in your living room, movement will help to relieve the stress you have built up all day (or week). Exercise of all forms will release those feel-good chemicals called endorphins. That are bound to make you feel good!
Sometimes what we really need after a stressful day is just to veg out on the couch watching our favorite show. Give yourself a couple hours and just relax with some mindless tv. Sometimes watching other peoples’ drama is enough for me to forget about my own. Or watching a good comedy is enough to make me snap out of my stress situation.
Maybe drawing’s totally not your thing, and that’s okay. For me, doodling is relaxing and is a great outlet for my creativity. Slowing down and focusing on one of my hobbies allows me to disregard the stress, at least for a little while.
Plan out my Schedule
You’re probably thinking that this sounds completely counterintuitive. Planning out all the things that need to get done would usually stir up a whole lot of stress. But for me, getting it all out of my head and onto paper really helps to free up some of that headspace. Having my thoughts and schedule all on paper really helps me see exactly what needs to be done and often helps me to de-stress.
Enjoy a Tasty Treat and a Good Book
Let me tell you. There is something about enjoying a quality sweet treat while curled up on the couch with a blanket and a good book that just allows me to take a deep breath and release all the stress that’s been building up. I’ll be honest. I sometimes have the hardest time choosing between a baked good and a decadent drink.
Basically, what it comes down to is this:
- I’m lazy and don’t want to spend a ton of time getting my sweet treat together.
- I’m always looking for something a little more health-conscious.
Thankfully Silk’s Nutchello totally fits the bill and makes my decision a bit easier. As a dairy-free option, it satisfies both my tastebuds AND my uber-sensitive belly.
Have you tried this stuff? It’s absolute heaven. I swear, I can pretty much feel the stress melting away with each and every sip. The flavors are right up my alley too:
- Rich dark chocolate + walnuts
- Caramel almonds + cashews
- Toasted coconut + cashews
So as you can see, they’re pretty much like dessert in a glass! Paired with a riveting fiction, and I am feeling amazing!
I don’t know about you but Pinterest is my happy place. Pinterest is where I go to truly decompress. I pin all the things that are pretty. I pin all the things I want to work toward. I pin all the quotes. I pin all the funny things. And I especially pin all the cute puppies that I want to surround myself with.
It’s mindless and it’s pleasing to the eye.
Music + Baking + Wine
These three things are a trifecta of happiness in my life. There are few things that I like more than these 3 actions together. My happy music playlist, a glass of good (or even cheap) wine, and baking something delicious is sure to bring down the stress level.
I love to bake for no reason at all. Whether it’s for a treat I’m going to eat myself, for my family, or for a neighbor. Sometimes I bake just for no one. I just do it because I love the process.
No pictures on social media. No pressure for it to turn out perfect. Just pure love for the process. It’s a sure-fire way to eliminate the stress.
Go for a Walk
Get outside. Take a breath of fresh air. Get away from the things that are stressing you out.
Often, we’re so stressed out because we’re stuck in the surroundings of that stress. Our office, our kids, our spouses. Whatever it may be, get away from it and get outside.
Is there anything better? Really?
Laughter is so healing and can wash away most any stress, even if it is just temporarily.
Pick your favorite comedy. Do something fun with your partner that will make you laugh. Schedule a comedy show date night in the near future. All you gotta do it laugh! You’ll be surprised just how quickly your stress-factor will go down once you get a fit of the giggles.
So what is it? What are your go-to stress-relievers?
How often do you get to go to a place of no stress? Being busy and stressed is a part of every day life, but too much of it can really by taxing on you, so it’s important to take time out of your day and combat the stress with one of these tools.
Which one will you be trying out next time you’re feeling overly stressed?
PS – I’m sipping on a glass of Toasted Coconut + Cashew Nutchello right now and it made writing this post so much more enjoyable. REALLY!