Not that we need a reason to share some de-stressing tips with you, but this being the day after we filed taxes (ugh) and the day when we're featuring a Lavender Pillow Mist on Daily Grommet, we couldn't resist. So glad our guest blogger Andrea, who writes the Sgt and Mrs Hub blog, had some great ideas to share with all of us stress cases.
Quick tips to help you de-stress
When it comes to de-stressing, I wish I was a "warm bath, plenty of sweet smelling bubbles, light a few candles and become instantly zen" kind of girl.
But, I'm not.
Whenever I take a bath I end up looking and feeling like a boiled lobster. If the bath involves candles, I am constantly worried I am going to catch my hair on fire. And to top it off, I have sensitive skin that hates pretty smelling bath potions.
Apparently, I am bubble bath impaired.
The question is, how does this military wife, mother of three small children, and woman keep the stress level low?
Here are a few guidelines that I have implemented into my life:
I accept who I really am.
Who I am is a woman who hates clutter. My stress level skyrockets when my house is messy and overrun with stuff. In an effort to combat this, I 1) keep my counters clear 2) my kid's toys are kept limited (but with the option of often switching them out with stored toys) 3) no papers are left lying about and 4) I make my bed every day.
My motto is: keep it simple. Maintaining my house in this manner means clean-up is quick and painless. And that in turn keeps my stress level low.
Give yourself plenty of grace.
You can't do it all. Pick a few activities that you feel strongly about. Commit yourself to doing them well, and then bask in the joy they bring to your life.
Hand in hand with this idea is the development of good, strong boundaries. A crucial part of boundaries is the ability to say and mean no.
Keep to a schedule.
I know what to expect from my day and so do my kids. Realistically speaking, there are going to be times when the schedule has to fly out the window and that's okay! But bear in mind that stress can be greatly reduced when everyone knows what to expect.
Give yourself an allowance.
It doesn't have to be much; mine is fifty dollars every two weeks. Never underestimate the de-stressing power of a little retail therapy.
Invest in a beautifully fragrant candle.
Or, like I did, a lovely reed diffuser. When my house smells beautiful I feel more peaceful.
Finally, don't sweat the small stuff.
We only have one life to live, so enjoy the little moments. Allow the people you have in your life to bring you joy! Be kind, smile, laugh, and be sure to eat plenty of chocolate.
But most importantly, love deeply; love has the power to bring enjoyment to life like nothing else can.
Even a perfectly drawn bubble bath.