People with no kids generally don’t think that being a stay-at-home mom is stressful, but it is. I am always stressing out about something: money, cleaning, errands, raising the child, and just about anything else that might come up. And sometimes I need to de-stress.
In general, a good book is my go-to. It helps me clear my mind of everything I’m worrying about, and it keeps my attention so much better than a movie or TV show. Something about watching a story on a screen just isn’t as interesting as the things I conjure up in my mind when I’m reading a book.
If I don’t have a good book, I move on to music. I have been dancing since I was a young girl, and it’s such a great feeling to just let loose, sing my heart out, and dance like a crazy person. My daughter is a big fan of this anti-stress activity. She loves music, too, and she shakes her little groove thing along with whatever is on the radio. I also like to do this because it’s a good calorie burner, and I’m still trying to lose weight. So it’s like hitting two birds with one stone.
I also love to take baths. I will load up the tub with super hot water, epsom salts, and bubbles, then light some candles. I let myself sink in slowly. Sometimes I’ll soak for a good hour, but I usually don’t have time for that. A good ten minutes of soaking usually does the trick, though. My muscles will be less tense. I’ll smell like a flower. I will feel emotionally better. What’s not to love about a good bath?
Stress is the cause of so many chronic diseases, and it can lead to or worsen depression. It’s important to have an effective method to reduce the stress in your life. But don’t let it be too much. If you spend too much time relaxing and not enough time working against the things that cause you stress, things will build up, and you’ll be in an even worse mess. So use good judgement. Take on what you can handle, and relax when life feels like too much.
It’s all about balance!