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I am the QUEEN of overcommitment. If there is a task that I am physically and mentally capable of completing, I will take it on…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
However, there are times when it is just too much. This past week my stress level was off the charts with meetings, deadlines, money, and trying to be the perfect mom that I’m not. I needed to decompress before I had a mental breakdown. Here are 5 ways to relax and decompress.
My 5 Favorite Ways to Relax and Decompress
TV Mini Marathon
When the world and my schedule get a bit too scary and overwhelming I like to retreat into a cocoon of Netflix and my blanket. Just squeezing in an episode or two on my lunch break helps me refocus on what I need to accomplish the rest of the day. Current shows of choice are any sort of baking/cooking competition I can get my hands on. There is just something about watching people make fancy cakes that makes me happy.
Take a Warm Shower
Some people take showers to get ready for bed, but I use showers to wake me up. I turn the heat up and let the water massage my back. This helps wake up my senses and rejuvinate me to tackle my to-do list that is inevitably a mile long. When I need an extra boost of relaxation, I add a few drops of New York Biology Lavender essential oils to the shower. These high quality oils add are not overpowering and bring my stress level down quickly.
I was way into coloring before it became a thing. When I was little my mom and I used to color together and I learned different styles from her so coloring brings me happy memories. When the world gets just a bit too scary I retreat to my coloring books, crayons, and pencils. I may not be an amazing artist, but coloring a little cartoon picture is a sign of beauty and can bring peace.
Try a New Recipe
This probably comes from me watching baking shows when I am stressed, but I find baking completely relaxing. I scour Pinterest for a recipe that I have the ingredients for and I go to town. Sometimes I end up creating a new family favorite, and sometimes I make something that goes straight into the trash. Either way there is something relaxing about mixing u a dough and decorating my new creation.
Over the past few years I have noticed that my stress level raises when I am not getting enough sleep. Being a mom and a podcaster haven’t been good for this. My kids are early risers (they do NOT get that from me) so I am frequently up by 6am only to stay up recording podcasts until 11pm. Once I am able to relax (ahem) and go to sleep it is after midnight. I am burning the candle at both ends and sometimes a well placed nap can make things marginally better. This week after walking the kids to school with Walking School Bus I came home and crashed…for 2 hours. My body had given up and wouldn’t let me do anything else until I had slept. I felt like a million bucks when I woke up!
What do you do?
How do you de-stress when life and commitments are getting to be too much? Will any of these techniques help you? Tell me below in the comments!
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