Stress is not a stranger to most of us but some people handle it better than others. It took me several years to learn how to manage my stress better and, in some ways, I'm still a work in progress (hello, stress eating). For various reasons totally unrelated to parenting a toddler, I have been more than a little stressed out over the past couple of months. And then, of course, there are the tantrums, toddler sleep regression and other things that come with the territory of being a mom. I have really had to be mindful of my stress level and actively work to keep calm and carry on. Since I know I'm not the only totally stressed out mama, I thought I'd share a few tips with you on what to do when you're experiencing stress.
Take a bath.
I know it's hard to find the time for this but I often take a bath late at night while my son is sleeping. It's a great de-stressor before going to bed.
Keep a notepad on your bed stand.
If you are one of those people that carries your stress to bed, this is a great way to get some things off your mind and sleep a little more peacefully. If something pops in your mind that you need to do, jot it down and go to bed.
Have a girls night, morning or mid-day.
Time with your girls doesn't have to be on a Friday night (but if that's when you can do it, go for it!). Schedule some time with a friend or two. And I mean, those friends that really make you laugh or that you can have a meaningful conversation with. Bonus points, if you can do both!
We all know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress. And, yet, many of us neglect it. It doesn't have to be a hardcore workout, it can be as simple as taking a long walk or doing stretches.
Take deep breaths.
I used to have severe anxiety and through that experience, I learned the power of deep breathing. Anytime I feel myself getting anxious or stressed, I stop and do some breathing exercises. I even do this with my son when he's a little worked up.
Pray or meditate.
If prayer is something you practice or are open to doing, this is another way to de-stress. It's helpful to talk to someone and what better someone than a higher power? If you don't pray and it's not something you could see yourself doing, you can meditate on something positive like a quote/saying or you could even use my momtras. Of course, you can practice both prayer and meditation. Scriptures are always a good thing to meditate on, as well.
Get a mani/pedi.
I know we tend to think we don't have time for this but if you make an appointment and stick close to home, it really doesn't take long at all and it's so relaxing. If you really don't have the time, you can do your own!
When you're exhausted, emotions and stress run high. I know there is always something to be done but, here's the thing, you are much better off going to bed and getting whatever rest you can. It's amazing what a difference a little sleep can do for your stress level.
Watch a movie
Like I said above, the to do list is not going to go away. So, don't feel bad about taking some time for yourself. Netflix and chill, mom style - watch whatever you want to watch alone!
Read a book.
This is something I always say I don't have time to do but, really, I could make the time. Set a timer and read a chapter or even a few pages of a book to forget your stress for awhile!
Cleaning can be pretty therapeutic, especially when you have to scrub. Let your aggressions out on the bathtub!
Pump up the volume.
Have a dance party or sing your heart out (or both!). This is something fun you can do with your kids, too, and they'll never know you're doing it because you're stressed!
How do you decompress when you're totally stressed out?