This past weekend I did something epic. I shut off my computer for two whole days, with no access to social media, work or blog related emails. Instead I exercised and went window shopping by myself with just a hot cup of coffee. Not only that, I spent time with some great girlfriends. We ate, drank and gabbed a lot as girlfriends often do. And you know what? The world did not come to a stop. Only I did and it was AWESOME. I had no idea how very much I NEEDED THAT and I am guessing that you probably do too.
How do YOU decompress? Since getting away is a luxury that does not happen often, there are many other ways to decompress. Stress management is so important for our emotional health and well-being. Whether it’s by deep breathing exercises or kickboxing, there are so many ways to decompress. I asked around and received several amazing suggestions for stress management:
Get inside your mind and inside the moment. This comes from Erica at MommysFabulous.com. “I feel like I never have down time, my head is always spinning. For me, in that situation, the only thing that helps is yoga. It forces me to be in the moment.” Christina from ChristinaStrickland.com does this too by just laying down and thinking freely which helps to get her thoughts in order.
Get organized. Getting your priority list in order is a great way to manage stress. Erica also says that getting her to-do list in order is invaluable. “If I am stressed, the only things that help are doing things like making lists and checking items off my to-do list.”
Cry it out. Crying can be truly cathartic and is definitely a way to take the edge off. Shana from Shanamama.com agrees. “Sometimes a really good cry is all I need to get me passed the stress of a really bad day/week/month.”
Lose yourself. Literally, of course. Shana also loves to read after her kids have gone to bed, because for her, diving into a good book is extremely relaxing. You know those two books you bought (or borrowed) that you have yet to start reading? It’s time.
Work it out. We all know by now that exercise helps boost our endorphins and serotonin levels. From Alissa at FunFindsforFamilies.com, “Usually running is my best outlet for decompressing. The “runner’s high” I get helps boost my mood and keep things in perspective, plus I get time during my run to process whatever stress is currently bothering me.” Amy from ResourcefulMommy.com takes long walks. “One particularly upsetting day I walked over five miles.” Wow!
Play it out. Amy also plays the piano. Angry, fast and loud as she says. “Think Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique.”
Get out. Sherry from BabyPop.com takes in a movie when she needs a break. “I like going to a movie theater. Two or three hours with no outside distraction focusing on the movie only makes me forget everything and escape.”
Shop, or at the very least, browse. My husband and I have a running joke because every time I need to chill out I head to HomeGoods. There is just something about browsing at that store which I find relaxing. Hey, they don’t call it “shopping therapy” for nothing!
Be creative. Creativity is one of the most productive stress releases we can have. Melissa at RockandDrool.com is a fabulous fiction writer so, “I write or have a glass of wine. And sometimes both!”
Make your own spa moments. You don’t have to head to the spa or spend a ton on a massage to get that chilled out feeling. Kristie from DivaDietitian.com takes a long hot bath when she needs to relax while Trina at OBoyOrganic.com lights candles and puts on some relaxing music after her kids go to bed so she can wind down from her busy day. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Just cuddle. Trina also says that when alone time is not in the cards, “I grab my boys and we sit and snug on the sofa to watch a family favorite movie.”
Now go and decompress for a little while. Practice those deep breathing exercises or a little sun salutation. You will NOT regret it.