Are you feeling overwhelmed and like you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? I know exactly how you feel!
Being a mom with a full-time job, juggling motherhood and family life, and finding time for self-care can take a toll on your body and mind.
Did you know that chronic stress has become a public health crisis? According to the American Psychological Association, we mainly worry about the future of our nation, our finances, and work, not to mention the daily stressors that contribute to this state.
Read on to learn 5 simple ways to destress and find balance in your daily life.
1. Play with an Animal
One of the best ways to destress is to spend time with a furry friend. If you have pets, you’re in luck! Spend at least 10 minutes playing with them and watch your stress fade away.
If you don’t have pets, go to a nearby shelter or animal rescue center to volunteer. You’ll spend some time doing an act of good that’ll help you (and others) feel better.
2. Go for a Walk in Nature
Nature has a magical way of healing, maybe because we’re in the present moment and just enjoy the silence. Going for a walk in a park, a nearby forest, or by the beach is one of the best things to help destress.
We make sure to take the kids out in fresh air and enjoy some family time without the noise and worry of our daily routines.
Meditation is one of the simple ways to destress that doesn’t require a lot of time and effort. You can find thousands of meditation videos and do a different one every day.
Meditation will help you look at life from a different perspective, and teach your mind and nervous system to approach problems in a calmer way.
4. Eat Something Sweet
Whenever I feel stressed, I crave something sweet and it always works like magic. It’s been scientifically proven that chocolate helps boost your mood by stimulating the release of serotonin (a good mood hormone).
If you don’t want the calories but want the taste of something sweet, try flavored vape juice. A vape shop near me carries flavors like pancakes, milkshake, cookies, french toast, and even cereal!
5. Take Up a Hobby
Doing something new can help your brain reset and find something else to do instead of worry. Your hobby doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, it just has to make you happy.
It can be scrapbooking, journaling, reading, dancing, knitting, exercising, or yoga, anything that makes you feel better.
These Are My Favorite Ways to Destress!
These are just a few of my favorite ways to unwind and go back to feeling like myself. On days when life is crazy and I feel overwhelmed, I just refer to my ‘destress list’!
What are your favorite ways to destress? I’d love to hear your stress-busting tips and tricks, so please share them below.
If you need more ways to chase away stress and live more mindfully, head over to my Health & Wellbeing blog to find more articles like this.