The New Year rolls around and we all make resolutions and goals, some of which claim that we’re striving for a new “me” or a new “you”. I do the same. I typically share my goals on the blog and have something printed out & hanging in my house to refer to on the daily. This keeps me accountable. But, with new expectations for ourselves comes the stress of meeting those expectations, not to mention the stress that we deal with on a daily basis. And after the craziness that is December, we all need some time to refresh and de-stress. So don’t beat yourself up when you’re not super succesful with those goals or resolutions in January. Give yourself time, you’ve got all year.
5 Tips for Battling Daily Stress
1 || Relax & Breathe – Easier said than done? Maybe. But who doesn’t feel a bit better in a stressful situation or during a stressful day when they simply take a few moments to relax their body and mind and take a few deep breaths. I can remember my mom and grandma both telling me to “take deep breaths” when I was upset as a child and I say the same to my kids, because it helps. Even if just a little bit. When things get tough or you’re about to blow your lid, breathe!
2 || Candles & Oils – I know some will roll their eyes and move on, I was one of those people a couple of years ago. I can tell you though that they help. Orange essential oil always helps with my anxiety, different blends, especially those with lavendar help Cohen tremendously (and he’s a kid with anxiety). If you’re not ready to buy essential oils and a diffuser yet, at least invest in a small lavendar candle. It can’t hurt to try, right? And you might be surprized at how much it can help!
3 || Step Away – Taking a step away from a stressful situation or day is key to helping recharge. Even if it’s just for a few minutes. Put the baby in the crib, plop the toddler down in front of the tv (yes, I just said that- me who isn’t a fan of screen time!), get the kids interested in an activity and go hide in the bathroom/closet/basement/front porch/bedroom for 5 minutes! And while you’re there take advantage of #1 above. At work? Take a bathroom break. Nobody knows what you’re doing in that stall and if you just need to sit in quiet for a few minutes, then so be it. I remember many times back when I was a hairstylist and had just finished with an awful client, walking out the back door of the salon and just leaning against the wall taking deep breaths for a couple of minutes. Allow yourself that time, step away from the stress!
4 || Mood Enhancer – If you don’t have an issue that needs actual medication or medical attention, there are always drug-free mood enhancers like Natrol 5-HTP, a plant-derived supplement that promotes calmness in the body by naturally increasing the serotonin levels. Natrol 5-HTP Fast Dissolve is clinically tested and the fast dissolve tablets make it possible to take anytime, anywhere! My husband has been using Natrol 5-HTP for a couple of weeks now and has had great results, especially while at work when he’s trying to meet deadlines and dealing with stressful situations. Battle that stress with #NATROL5HTP.
5 || Unplug – I know I’m not alone when I think of how many times I need to relax and de-stress and instead of doing one of the 4 things above, I grab my phone and start scrolling through facebook or instagram or wasting time with a silly game. Staying connected is important to me and I enjoy scrolling through pretty photos. But, there is also something about putting down the phone, closing the laptop, walking away from tv or the desktop. We encourage our kids to unplug or limit their screentime and we should do the same for ourselves. Pick up a book, get outside and go on a walk, take a quick cat nap, meditate, grab a cup of tea and an adult coloring book or just sit and relax and let your brain wander.
Take time for yourself whenever you get a free minute, or find that free minute. It’s not always easy as a mother with young kids under toe or when you’re at work all day to battle stress, but it’s possible. And those goals you made for the year, remember that you made them for THIS YEAR, not this month, not this week.. you’ve got time!