April was a very stressful month for me. Between everyday life stuff, trying to fit in eating better and working out into my already busy schedule, family illnesses and my kids being sick, sometimes all I wanted to do was to lie down for a little while. Of course, with a busy family with two very active girls, that’s a hard thing to do sometimes. However, I am a firm believer in making time for yourself, no matter how busy you may be. Sometimes, all I need is a few minutes to decompress and get re-energized. Here are a few of my favorite ‘me’ time stress relievers.
1. Taking a long and hot shower. I am a shower type of person. When I was buying our new house a few years ago, one of my most important things was to have a nice shower. And as much as I loved my shower, I loved it even more when we got a better waterfall showerhead. Showers are some of my most relaxing moments of the day and sometimes, I even like to shower with the light off and be (almost) in the dark. Doing normal things like washing my hair, using some of my favorite items like body scrub and body wash and washing my face and even shaving just make me feel like a new person. If I’ve had a particularly stressful or busy day, a shower is always my first option. Even if I already showered that day.
2. There is something so comforting about watching one of your favorite shows or movies on TV. I only watch a few shows on TV, but I do watch a lot of Neflix on my kindle. No matter how crazy life can get, there is almost nothing that a few episodes of Friends or an oldie but goodie movie like Legally Blonde or She’s All That can’t cure.
3. I love music, usually older music (was there a greater year for music than 1999/2000?) and listening to my favorites just puts me in a good mood. I usually never have my house or car quiet, I have to have some kind of noise on and what better noise than music? My tastes are super eclectic and range anywhere from Backstreet Boys to Tim McGraw to System of a Down to The Civil Wars to Evanescence to Eminem. Cooking or cleaning can always be better with some good music blasting on my speakers.
4. Reading would have probably been higher on my list a year ago, but lately, I’ve just found it really hard to concentrate on reading. I hate reading short segments, so if I know I don’t have much time to read, I’d rather wait for when I do have a good chunk of time to read. But sometimes, I have to make time to sit down and read for a good hour or two and it always makes me feel better.
5. Since I don’t read as much as I used to, I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks. For those times when I do feel like reading, but don’t have time to actually ‘read’ I listen to an audiobook. I’ve learned to be able to do pretty much anything (other than write blog posts or read emails) while listening to audiobooks. For those times when I’m not listening to music, I’m usually almost always listening to an audiobook.
6. When all else fails, a good sleep or nap will do the trick. I admit that I’m not much of a napper, I hate it because when I go to sleep, I want to stay asleep. But sometimes, a good nap can do a world of difference in my mood. Especially if I’m mentally exhausted. I used to be the type of person who stayed up until 2-3am, but now I’m finding it harder to stay up past 11pm.
What are some of your favorite stress relievers?