Every one of us has our fair share of stress encounters as well as varied ways of relieving it. Being stressed out is inevitable and the only way to get out of it is purely subjective. If you’ll continue to think about it then it will stay in your life as well.
If you haven’t identified your stress relievers just yet, the following ways that have been effective to others might work for you as well. Some are just simple ways but there are others that are weird yet effective.
Set a “ME” time
Sometimes being alone can let you clear your mind and meditate on what went wrong. It can help you think of ways on how to solve the conflict thus set yourself stress free. On your “ME” time, you may do one or two of the following:
a) Shop ‘til you drop – spoiling yourself once in a while is not bad. Just make sure you have enough funds because your credit card bill might be another reason of being stressed out.
b) Go the park – sit on one of the benches and just feel the ambiance. You can also ride the swing and play like a child. Those where the times when you don’t worry on things and feeling it again can help out.
c) Eat your favorite chocolate – sweets, especially the chocolates are proven to make you feel happy.
d) Play Bingo – there is no need to go the nearest bingo place because you can check spin & win online. You might win and feel good.
Talk to a close friend
Sharing your problem can help ease out the bad feeling. The mere presence of the person or having someone who is willing to listen is of great help. The person can be a friend or a close relative.
Sadly, we were just a three-man team during my Mom-in-law’s wake. We don’t have the luxury of a maid or someone else to do things for us so we had no choice but to arrange everything for the wake and the funeral by ourselves. Until now, I can feel the exhaustion. It was the most stressful experience we had both physically and emotionally. Now that my Mom-in-law was laid to rest, I want to relax by giving myself a much needed break. However, it is impossible for me to go out and take a guilt-free break because of my pending tasks, pile of laundry and RJ’s pre-quarter test. So for now, I will just buy hydrating mask, foot soak, moisturizers, etc., using my forever 21 coupons and give myself a spa day at home. These simple pleasures are proven tension-tamer and stress-reliever…a much needed pampering to condition myself to be able to function well. For what? Well, just imagine the chores that I need to do every single day…I get meals on the table and pack lunches everyday, I clean the house, cater to RJ’s needs, make sure hubby is comfortable at home, tutor RJ, do the accounting and logistics and a hundred of other things. Hey, I am not complaining. I know it is my job but I am not a robot. I am a person too who works, gets tired and stressed. Every working people needs break. Besides, I deserve it, don’t you think?
Mommies also need a little sanity-saving “me” time. When you are stressed and burnt out you have a shorter fuse and you easily get irked and “me” time is what keeping you cool-headed most of the time. It does not have to be luxurious. In fact, a simple foot spa can keep you sane for the rest of the week. Foot Spa is my favorite “me” time (second to good sleep) maybe because it is the least expensive that pampers and relaxes me.
Sometimes you feel guilty to leave kids at home while you are pampering yourself. You feel uneasy and worry too much as to how and what the kids are doing while you are away. To lessen your worries, guilt and all, schedule your Mommy time on Weekends when your husband or someone older in the house could watch the kids for you. Isn’t it nice to be back home revitalized, more relaxed and calmer?