Being a mom can be stressful. No matter how much we love our munchkins it isn’t always easy. Late nights and early mornings combined with daily stressors can wreak havoc on your health.
That is why it is so important to find healthy ways to decompress regularly. These are the top three ways I keep my stress levels in check.
I need something to do other than cook, clean and write. I also needed to be able to do it with the kids around. I had many interests but most required me to have the kids completely out of my hair.
I narrowed my list down to two things, crochet and coloring. Yes, coloring in a coloring book with crayons. 🙂 I have always enjoyed coloring and crochet was something new I could learn.
Up until very recently, I had been coloring in the same coloring books as my kids. Now I have my very own “Grown Up” coloring book and pencils.
Crocheting fulfills two needs for me, it helps me relax and keeps my brain active. Coloring is like a working meditation. Both are good for the soul.
What are a couple of things you would like to do in your spare time?
If you scoffed and said, “what spare time” read this it is my tips on finding time for YOU.
#2 Staying Fit and Healthy
This can be hard if your kids are super little. I know it took me a couple of years to really be able to stick with an exercise program and eat right. But once I figured it out, there was no looking back.
Regular, moderate exercise is a great stress reliever. Don’t underestimate the power of those endorphins! I am asked all the time how in the world I have the energy to do all that I do.
Exercise is my key to almost endless energy. I like to think of it in terms of Newton’s Law, a body in motion stays in motion!
Eating a reasonably healthy diet helps me feel good. I notice on the days I have more sugar that my brain is foggy and I lack the energy and focus that I normally have. If I don’t eat enough, I am very irritable and if I eat too much I get sluggish.
When I am feeling less than stellar I don’t get as much done and that really pulls on my self-esteem. I just don’t like to feel like that!
#3 Cut Clutter and Get Organized
This isn’t just cleaning and shuffling things around. I mean getting everything that isn’t being used regularly out of your house.
If you aren’t using the things you have they are just taking up valuable space in your home.
The only exception I make here is for holiday decorations and even then, only kept the things I really love or have sentimental value.
I never realized how much time and money was lost due to clutter and disorganization. Once I parred down our things I was SHOCKED at how much easier it was to keep the house clean!
I was able to cut my daily cleaning routine down to one hour. Not only that but getting everyone ready to go somewhere became much easier.
If you can’t wrap your mind around donating all your unused stuff you can always try selling on re-sale sites or have an “everything must go” yard sale.
I highly encourage donating your items and getting your house decluttered as quickly as possible, it will save you time and money in the long run! Here are few places I like to donate to:
- Women’s shelters will usually take everything from unopened, non-perishable food items, makeup, clothes, and kitchenware.
- Animal shelters can use old towels, bedsheets and dog/cat food.
- Homeless shelters, in general, will usually take blankets, clothing, coats, socks, and shoes.
There are always thrift stores to donate to as well, but I always try to donate to charites that don’t charge those in need for stuff that has been donated.
A word on donations…don’t donate your junk. If something is broke, has a hole in it, stained or just plain worn out take it to the dump! Those in need deserve dignity too.
There you have it, the top 3 ways I stay sane! How do you keep your sanity?