Running two businesses (three if you count this blog), being a wife, and being a mother can be a bit overwhelming some times. I certainly wouldn’t trade it for the world but the stress occasionally gets to me. When I talk to my friends, they seem to be going through the same stressors but we all have different ways of relaxing.
Today I would like to talk about the 5 ways that I find best to relax when I’m stressed out. Hopefully you find some of these helpful!
1. Go For a Run
Back before I was a mother or a wife, I was a very big runner. I did the New York Marathon twice :). As my time started to get eaten away by little tasks, I pushed running to the back of my “to do” list and eventually (almost) gave it up completely.
This was a bad idea.
I noticed that I became much more sluggish, tired, and even my attitude changed. Little things would stress me out. One day I realized that it must be because my body was used to the endorphins of running and hadn’t gotten any in months.
I picked up my old running shoes, went for a three miles run, and guess what? Well, at first I was tired as heck but I felt great. Since then I realized the immense benefits of running and how it keeps me calm and level headed through the day.
I’m not a big yoga fan but my friends Michelle and Amy are crazy about it. They say it is akin to working out and meditating at the same time. It’s all about finding your center – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
The benefits to yoga are far beyond just stress release. It also gives you a much more flexible and stronger body.
I have always found writing to be cathartic. It’s my way of reflecting on something I am interested in. Prior to creating this site I would write in my journal almost daily about my life and things that were bugging me. Even if my journal entries were only a few sentences long, it helped me get things off my mind.
4. Spa Day
All of my friends and I agree this is our favorite stress reliever. I think many ladies reading this would agree. Who doesn’t love to be pampered, massaged, and smell great?
Our bodies are like a car, you need to take it to the shop and detail it every once and a while.
Like I mentioned in my last post, if you are looking for an absolutely amazing spa experience, try Yon-Ka.
5. Going For a Walk
As simple as it sounds, going for a walk is a great way to relieve stress. Why? It clears your mind and allows you to connect with nature for an extended period of time. There’s no screen in front of you, screaming children, bad drivers, etc. It’s only you and nature. If you can, try to take walks in a preserved area such as a forrest or bird sanctuary.