Most of us get a little stressed out from time to time. I know I do. I admit that at first I don’t even realize that stress has built up to a point that it’s effecting daily life. Once I start to realize it sometimes I actually try to deny it, because being stressed out is a sign of weakness, right? Of course not, it’s just something I think from time to time.
Marion Cunningham never seemed to be on the verge of a meltdown. She was probably cleaned when she needed to vent. I hate to clean. Shirley Partridge? She probably got a lot of her stress out while singing. I can’t sing. Samantha Stevens? She could just tinka-tinka-tink her nose and make the situation better. I’m not a witch, although there are times my family would beg to differ. So what’s an everyday mom to do when she needs to distress and relax?
Here are two of my favorite ways to relax when I’m alone.
1. Turn the stereo on and play some of your favorite lively music, volume as loud as you like it. Lie down on the couch and close your eyes. Enjoy the music. Inevitably, if you’re like me you’ll enjoy the music enough to do one of two things – sing or dance (or secret option three which is sing and dance) – both of which are actually quite freeing. If you’re good at singing and dancing you’ll have fun. If you’re not especially talented at either one like me you’ll end up laughing at yourself. Stress relieved.
2. Get out for a while. My favorite place to unwind is actually the grocery store. I find it relaxing to go up and down every aisle, even if I don’t need anything. I like to look at the foods and think of recipe ideas in my head. This is the reason why I end up taking at least an hour in the grocery store. My mind just wanders when I’m there and I lose track of time, and often my worries for a while.
These are two things that take my mind off of what’s troubling me for a while. I also love to read and watch movies, but find when I’m super stressed I can’t follow along, which only makes me more annoyed.
Some people get stressed over entertaining. Ever wonder how to wow dinner party guests with a fantastic meal and a beautifully decorated home? No need to stress, Jen and Barb have some tips they can share to help you out. Take a look, these tips come from someone who would know – Alan Dunn, owner of Tres LA Catering.
Do you get stressed over entertaining? I don’t, but usually when I entertain it’s just family and close friends. The only time I get a little nervous is if I;ve invited someone over that’s never been over before. After all, they couldn’t know that all of my family members are always late, which is why I serve late. Or that family disputes have been known to happen over holiday meals, as have food fights. No, nothing stressful at all about those things.
How do you relax? Want some help relaxing? Jen and Barb, Mom Life is having a fun contest where they’re giving away 20 days of relaxation. The 20 Days 20 Ways contest is easy to enter, just visit the 20 Days, 20 Ways tab on the MomLife Facebook will and submit the form.
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NJ Mom of 2 boys. Social media enthusiast. Blogger. Freelance marketing. I lLove cats. Ds Advocate. Listening to Hinder, P Roach & Rev Theory and lots of Oleander.
My name is Valerie, but I go by valmg online.
I am a mother to 2 boys – TJ, a 17 year old, and CJ, a 13 year old with Down Syndrome.
I am a Jersey girl. I have three younger brothers, all of whom have children.
I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive.