Find Your Best Treat To Relieve Stress
Perhaps yesterday, you got a bit of a break. Maybe you were served breakfast in bed. And quite possibly, you went downstairs to see that a volcano of flour and eggs and dirty pots and pans had erupted over the kitchen. Now, that may not be a huge thing, but it could add a bit of stress to your world...one that maybe has enough stress already.
Study after study shows that stress causes more health issues than they ever realized, from stomach woes to migraines to heart ailments. We, as moms, often take on the stress of others, heap it onto our own piles...and then never tend to that.
I used to deal with stress by running, but that took its toll on my knees. Then I turned to crossword puzzles. My husband loves massages. Figuring out how to treat yourself, how to de-stress not only, well, eases you, it also can keep you healthy, make you more productive -- all of which impacts your family piggy bank, my friends. So, check out the list and try out a few of these stress-relieving ideas.
Eat some de-stressing foods. Think about those with B6 or magnesium, which produces serotonin, a chemical that our body produces that calms us. Avocados, bananas, baked potatoes with the skin all have high levels of B6, while almonds, spinach and wild rice are a few magnesium-rich foods.
Exercise. Some researchers say exercise is just as good as some antidepressants in dealing with stress. Go for a good brisk walk. Jog in place and then lift little hand weights while the kids watch Dora or Doc McStuffins.
Laugh. Watch a funny movie, surf You Tube for some funny cat videos, tickle your kids (her laugh always makes me laugh). Laughter releases all of those good bits in the brain and calms even the most stressed beast.
Cross something off of your to-do list...or at least start it. We need to get our wills done. It is a big nagging stressor. The minute I make the call or figure out the website to get that ball rolling, I will feel better. That goes for little items on the list too...thank you notes, the dishes, returning those old drapes, whatever it may be, crossing them off will help knock down that feeling of stress.
What do you do to relieve stress?