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5 Simple Ways To De-stress During A Hectic Workweek

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Sometimes the workweek just gets so hectic that you feel like you’re going to just explode if you don’t do something to de-stress…FAST!  This week has been particularly stressful for me and it’s only Tuesday as I write this.  For me, writing is incredibly therapeutic and helps me to unwind.  And realizing that I”m not the only one on the planet who occasionally or even OFTEN endures a particularly stressful week, I thought I’d share some tips to help you just chill.

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1.  Work Out

It’s common knowledge that working out boosts your mood.  But as a busy Mom myself, I know it’s hard to find the time.  Even just getting outside and running or walking for 10-15 minutes will make a huge difference.  Today, I walked four flights of stairs TWICE!  It really felt amazing and I was able to face the rest of my day with renewed energy.  Exercise is good for your mind AND your body, so it’s very important to incorporate some sort of activity into your daily routine to stay healthy.

2.  Practice/Learn a Hobby

I love hobbies and I have several that I rotate between to keep things interesting.  Currently, I’m learning hand lettering and I find it so incredibly relaxing AND rewarding.  A hobby should be something that you enjoy and that you look forward to spending some time doing.  It’s also helpful if it’s something that you can pick up and put down within a relatively short amount of time to make the most of your precious time.  If you need a distraction in the middle of the day, a hobby is a great way to take just 10-15 minutes to do something you love and take your mind off the things causing stress.

3.  Take a Bath

I was never a huge bath person…until I had kids.  Then it seemed something happened and baths became a pure indulgence.  I have a lot on my plate…so there are times that I need more than 15 minutes to get my chill on.  There’s nothing like running a nice warm/hot bath, lighting some candles and soaking for an hour…or so.  😉  My favorite candle this time of year is one by Diptyque called Feu de Bois.  It smells like a campfire; very woodsy and cozy.  So delicious!

4.  Read

I realize this is an obvious one but it’s just so darn easy and relaxing!  It doesn’t have to be a novel if you’re the type of person who can’t put it down in one sitting.  You can read a magazine, a blog, or a journal.  A book of short stories like this one by Stephen King called “Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales” is great because you can start and finish a story in a relatively short amount of time.  I currently have this one on my desk because I like horror stories this time of year and I find them oddly relaxing to read.  Choose a genre that you find calming.  One word of caution:  I’d recommend staying away from newspapers and the news in general if you’re trying to calm your nerves.  It can be very stressful to hear or read about all the bad things going on in the world.

5.  Pray or Meditate

Lately, I have been trying to pray or meditate daily; usually in the morning.  I find that it calms me and prepares me for the day.  Even if you’re not a spiritual person, you can just sit quietly, close your eyes and focus on calming your mind and body so that you either start or end your day refreshed.  But prayer and meditation can be done at any time of the day: sitting at your desk, in the break room, even in the bathroom!  Just 5 minutes is all it takes to feel grounded and restored.

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