My husband has been working enormous amounts of overtime lately, leaving me feeling like I’m running the house singlehanded. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful that he has a job he can put in some extra hours, but it’s definitely bittersweet for both of us.
At any rate, running a home is stressful, even more so when your spouse is gone more often then usual. So I’ve recently been on a journey to find things that keep my stress at bay. You see, most of my normal hobbies go out the window when I don’t have the extra set of hands to watch my kiddos. I can’t very well finish the pants I’ve been sewing (for a month!) with little fingers in the mix, nor can I crochet. Between 2 “helpers” and 3 playful cats, my crochet projects become more tangled hassle than stress reducing. Baking also proves difficult because my 3 year old insists on being a part of the mix. Literally.
So here is what I’ve been able to do:
• I try to keep my home clean and organized: remember how I talked about my cleaning schedule? Well, I have been putting a lot of work into keeping up on it and it has gotten easier and easier. It’s not perfect, but I’ve come a long way. This little tool is probably THE most stress reducing thing I have done lately.
• I keep my kiddos on their eat & sleep schedules as much as possible. There are things that happen, and that’s alright, but for the most part, they eat, nap and go to bed around the same time each day. Just having that extra time for decompression and relaxation has immensely lowered my stress levels and improved my overall mood. Also, this curbs some of the less than desirable toddler behaviors because they don’t get too hungry or too tired. I must add that before kids, I was a very go-with-the-flow type person. While I liked that aspect of myself and I miss it sometimes, I have also realized that my babes, my hubs and my house don’t function well that way.
• Watch a funny show. I’ve currently been catching up on some Big Bang Theory episodes. They work well for me because I get some chuckles but they aren’t too long.
• Devotionals! There are apps you can check out or tons of devotional books. They are short and inspiring which makes for a good start to your day or a quick pick-me-up.
• Get moving! Dance with the kids, sing songs with movement, rough-housing is a great one for us. I like to get silly. When everyone is laughing and engaged, it really raises the spirits in my home. We have bonded over many a tickle-tackles.
• Self-care: Even a self foot massage with some awesome oil or lotion is very tension reducing. I can usually get in a quick nail painting too! I also love brushing my hair, something about the repetitive action and the sensation is very soothing for me, as well as the satisfaction of being tangle free. Stretching is great too, and I can sneak in a few yoga poses without doing a whole session. It really pulls the tension out of my body which pulls it from my mind as well.
• Check out our blog’s Stress Less boards on Pinterest. You’ll find some funny, some adorable, and some beautiful and heart warming pins there.
So that’s it. That’s my list of stress busters and stress busting activities!
What do you do?