Hi all today I want to share with you how I de-stress myself every few days or just whenever I feel like I need it. Sometimes I feel very overwhelmed with life and with my long list of things that need to get done. I tend to get stressed more than I would like to, but I’ve realized that every few days I need to have some “me” time and relax. Here are 5 ways that I do that.
1. Connecting with God
This is the most important one of all! I try to at least once a week detox myself from the negative emotions in my heart or thoughts in my head that are toxic.The best way to do that is seeking God and his peace. I pray to Him and ask for peace in my heart. I thank Him for all he has done for me and the lessons he’s taught me. I try to connect with Him through reading his word or doing a devotional or praying in private. Spending time with him is vital to my sanity. I always have peace in my heart after time with the Lord.
2. Taking a long shower
Now I’m not talking about an everyday quick shower, but a long spa shower. I usually just jump in the shower in a rush and in all honesty I don’t shower everyday. I just can’t with my 3 kids running around. My husband gets home around 8pm, I serve him dinner, and start our night routine which is putting kids to sleep, cleaning, nursing my baby girl, etc. So all in all my “me” time is really scarce. So when I schedule a long shower, it really feels like I’m in a spa. I put some
music on and run the water while I prep my pjs. I jump in the shower and take my time. When I step out of the shower I’m able to put my hair treatment on, brush my hair, even braid it sometimes haha. I put my lotion and face cream on and let my skin absorb it. I get dressed and by this time someone already needs me. Either my son has to use the restroom, baby’s fussy, School papers need to be signed. So when I’m out the door it’s straight back to reality, but feeling refreshed and most definitely de-stressed.
3. Running errands alone
On the days that my husband is off from work I try to get out of the house and run all the errands that I didn’t run all week. So during the week I plan my “to-do” list and have it ready. I leave the baby fed, and my toddler fed as well and off I go. I try to stop by and treat myself to a decaf coffee or some sort of drink just for me. I drive and start working off of my to-do list. Something about driving around listening to music with the windows down just relaxes me.
4. Listening to really loud music
When I have cleaning around the house that I’ve put off for a few days and I finally get to it, I’ll blast Pandora and just start cleaning from the living room to the dining room to the kitchen. Listening to music makes a difference for me when it comes to cleaning. Also my toddler will start dancing along to the beats and that definitely brings a smile to my face. By the time I’m done I feel relaxed.
5. Watching a romantic or funny movie
It’s very rare that I’ll sit down and watch a movie all the way to the end. When I do, though, I try to choose a romantic movie. I’m just a sucker for romance and all things love stories! So that’s my first choice of movie. If I can’t find a romantic one, then a funny one will be my second choice. I either end up feeling funny or feeling appreciative of love. Either way, it de-stresses and relaxes me!
These are just 5 of the ways that I de-stress, but let me know what your techniques for de-stressing are! Or let me know if you’ll be trying these out and if they worked for you. Thanks for stopping by!