Feeling Stressed Out?
Simple Tips to Help You De-Stress…
Okay, so you’ve had a LONG day and need to de-stress. No worries, we’ve all been there! Unfortunately though, life doesn’t have a “refresh” button. Which is why I created this simple go-to list for when those inevitable days arise. These simple self care tips can help take the edge off your overwhelming day.
Go to Target
I’m totally serious on this one! Target works wonders on the overworked, stressed but blessed momma. Get someone to sit with your kids for an hour, no 2 hours. Ask your husband, mother or phone a friend, then get yourself together and head the out the door! Grab some Starbucks when you enter the building and take your time browsing.
Walk up and down every single aisle in that blessed building and spend quality time looking around for clearance steals! Then, look around… It shouldn’t take too long before you spot another young mother struggling with her own children. Take it all in! Just enjoy that simple moment and be thankful for your personal quiet time, because soon you will be right back in those shoes. While those shoes are beautiful ones, they can also be overwhelming to walk in!
Next, sip on that coffee (or tea if you prefer) slowly and don’t leave the store till it’s gone. No, you don’t have to spend money (highly unlikely when I enter Target, haha)… the point is to get out of the house, kid & crazy free.
However, if getting out isn’t an easy option for you, a little online retail therapy at Target can work wonders as well! Love this option you guys!
Hit the Park
If getting a sitter isn’t an option for you most of the time, don’t fret. This one is for you! I’m not going to lie, I do this quite often and it’s down right amazing you guys! Stressed and feeling completely overwhelmed? Grab your purse and car keys, get the kids buckled in and drive.
Head straight to your local park. You know the one. It’s low key, rarely busy and your kids love it! Ours has a soccer field attached which I consider completely essential for days like this. Why? Simply because it means plenty of space for the kids to run… and run…. and run!
Pick up some coffee on the way or simply grab your favorite book on the way out the door, whatever your vice!
If you have older kids put them in charge of pushing little ones on the swing, while you take a much needed breather. If you don’t, that’s alright too! Just make them run over and over again!
I typically turn this into a game. The one that makes it to that pole and back first is the winner! Makes them tired and I didn’t really have to put much effort into it. My kids are super competitive and absolutely love our surprise park visits… little do they know it’s actually because Mom needs a breather.
Take Out or Order In
If you’ve already had an incredibly long day, the last thing you want to think about is cooking and cleaning up after. If your budget allows, let someone else make dinner for you tonight! Pick it up, have it delivered, whatever works! Think simple. Skip the dicing, sauteing, and scrubbing for the night and let someone else do all work.
Budget not flexible? Ask your spouse to take care of the cooking if that’s an option! Every mom deserves a break every now and then! My husband doesn’t make a plethora of dinner type meals. However, he is what our family considers a breakfast genius! Seriously though, no one can make a breakfast quite like him.
So when I’m having an off day, it’s either Panera or breakfast for dinner. My kids consider both a welcomed treat, so this really is a win for everyone (except maybe my husband, when he’s stuck cooking)!
Have a Movie Night
While this isn’t my first go-to option, it’s totally necessary from time to time! Usually our Friday nights are reserved for a family movie night anyway, so I try not to lean on this too often.
However, if your day has been in the dumps and you simply need to do nothing, this is totally a valid option! Put on a kids movie that all your kids can agree on (definitely the most difficult part of the entire evening, ha ha). Then simply turn the lights down, get snuggled up and let them watch.
Treat Yourself (with Treats)
Sometimes all you need to unwind after a crazy day is a simple glass of wine. Chocolate definitely helps too! If running out to pick up the goods doesn’t sound very appealing to you or you just don’t have the time, consider gifting yourself each month with a wine subscription service.
My personal preference is WINC. Each month I get four customizable wines delivered right to my door. I’ve tried so many different wines and found some amazing new favorites. Also, if I ever decide I don’t want wine during a particular month, I can simply skip a month or even 2!
Want to try WINC for yourself? You can check it out right here for a discount ($20 off) on your first purchase! If you aren’t a wine drinker… tea, decaf coffee or a simple mug of hot cocoa are great wind down choices as well! Tuck your littles into bed, grab your beverage of choice, maybe a snack or two, and relax momma! You’ve got this!!
Give Yourself a Manicure
A great way to chillax after a crazy hard day, is by doing a little something for you. Put a nice relaxing mixture in the diffuser, turn on your favorite music, and take care of yourself!
This could be more in depth like a home mani-pedi with a full facial, or it could be as simple as shaving and applying lotion to your legs. Cause if we’re being honest, we don’t do these things nearly as often as we want or need to!
I know, I know. This sounds a little crazy.
I’m sure the last thing on your mind after a long day, is exercise. I know it certainly isn’t the first thing I think of. However, it could be just what you need after a stressful day! Think about it. If you’re focused on what number squat you are on, you won’t be thinking about how hard your day was. Genius right?
Exercising is not only good for your body, but it can also take your mind off some of the stressful situations that arise from day to day. Working out can be a great stress reliever! Plus, you will feel better the next day knowing you did something good for your body instead of pigging out or watching a marathon of TV.
I totally need to do this one more than I do! It’s definitely one I never regret.
Love the Idea Of Working Out but…
Nighttime not the Best Time for You?
Check out 10 Minute Homeschool Workouts for new ideas on how to incorporate workouts into your daily homeschool routine! These workouts were created for the kiddos, but mom can totally get in on the action too!
Work on a Project
This!! If you are anything like me, you thrive when things are organized, clean and in their place. You also probably find joy in accomplishment & productivity! If that sounds like you at all, this is where all the de-stressing is at!
Now when I say project, I’m typically speaking about non labor intensive projects. So don’t go paint your entire house or something, unless that really is your thing of course! I’m more specifically talking creative projects, relaxing activities, or something that gives you a sense of accomplishment.
This can be something artsy like painting, scrapbooking, or crocheting. It can also come in a more structured form such as journaling, organizing, or even purging your house. Seriously though, nothing gives me more joy after a bad day, than a clean and organized house the next morning!
Go to Sleep Early
I’m not sure I really need to explain this one, because it’s a total no brainer! If your day has totally sucked, going to sleep early might just be in order. Tuck your kiddos into bed, then slap your own head down on a pillow.
If your day was really bad, see if your spouse can tuck the kiddos in, allowing you to get some shut-eye even earlier! Either way, there is nothing like a little extra sleep to take the stress from a hectic day completely away.
Dive Into Scripture
I didn’t write this list in any specific order of importance, because if I had this would totally be number one! If you’re overwhelmed, stressed, or discouraged, there is absolutely no better answer than this.
Spend quality time with the Savior.
After the kids have drifted off to sleep, open your Bible, read, and pray. Spend some quiet moments reading His word and dwelling on your blessings. Tell Him thank you for getting you through today and simply ask Him to help you have a better tomorrow!
Time to Relax
and practice self care…
While any one of these are great by themselves, a mixture of this and that also works wonders! For me, today wasn’t all that terrible. However, as a homeschool mom I feel like I always need a little bit of de-stressing in the evening hours. Tonight I had a simple mixture of a number of these tips.
My son and husband cooked dinner, both my boys cleaned up. Now I’m relaxing with wine, some scripture, and doing a touch of blogging (obviously). Our needs can change from day to day, and something that works for one situation might not work for the next! So just make sure that whatever method you choose, it’s the method you need for your current time, in your current place. Now go take care of yourself!
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