My Top 5 Ways To Relieve Stress

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My girls are on spring break, and as much as I love time with them I found myself feeling unusually stressed and anxious about being off of our regular schedule.  I already was a bit thrown as I had been out-of-town for two days at a wonderful retreat, and came home to laundry, an empty refrigerator, and 3 girls who missed their Mom and who were ready enjoy spring break by being busy, busy, busy!

Instead of giving in to the frantic feeling that stress can bring, I plan on taking care of myself so I can better take care of my family.

Here are some awesome ‘tried and true’ ways I have found of doing just that!

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1. Ginger Lemon Tea

Oh how I love my Ginger Lemon Tea.  It is so good for the body and so soothing for a stressed and anxious stomach.  Just sitting with a warm cup in your hand can be a great way to make one stop, slow, sip, savor.

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2. Detox Baths

I’ve written about my love for detox baths before.  I use epsom salt in hot water along with essential oils and soak for at least 20 minutes.  The epsom salts give you a nice dose of magnesium which is super soothing to the joints for any aches and pains, and also has a very relaxing and calming effect.  I take these baths right before bed because after a good soak I’m ready to just chill and sleep!

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3. RESCUE Pastilles

I’ve fallen hard for this little tin of RESCUE pastilles that goes ‘pop’ when you push in the middle.  It is the perfect size to throw into my purse and pull out when I’m feeling overwhelmed. They help you stress less, stay calm & in control. The pastilles are light, fruity, chewy and quite lovely.  They are homeopathic and non -habit forming.  If you want to try them out yourself you can get a special coupon by following this link.

 

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4. Find Perspective — meditate, journal, read, pray, music.

I will make sure I get to bed at a decent time, so that I can wake up early before my 3 lovelies and find some quiet.  I have been cultivating a habit of waking early and using the time to sit with a cup of tea or coffee, a warm blanket, my journal, a pen & my phone.  My phone has a few amazing apps that I use daily.  For meditation there is an app called CALM that I love to use as a timer while I meditate. For prayer I use an app called PRAYERMATE, which keeps wonderful customized categories of all the things I want to pray about.   I journal my thankfulness by listing the gifts, which brings such great perspective, and for music I keep a playlist on Spotify specifically for uplifting morning music.

 

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5. Breathe & Stretch or Do Yoga

One of the very best things you can do when stressed or anxious is some deep breathing.  Breathe in for the count of 4, hold for the count of 4, then breathe out for the count of 4.  I learned that one on Dr. Oz! Stretching or yoga is a great way to calm inside and out.  I love the app called YOGA STUDIO which has everything from Morning Stretches & Beginner Relaxation to more Advanced Yoga.

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How about you? What are ways you find calm when stressed or anxious?

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

My New Way Of Counting Gifts In 2015

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Thanks to Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts,  I have been counting gifts for years.

The most helpful time to count gifts was when I was going through cancer treatment.  I know during that trying time it helped immensely to focus on the blessings in life. I even got my girls involved and we together we looked for ‘treasures’ to count.  The good even in the bad.

When I become mindful of all of the wonderful things there are to discover in a day, it changes me.  It changes my attitude, my heart, & my perspective.  It is hard to have a bad day when you are looking for gifts to write down.

I love having and using tools to help this process.  The camera in my phone is one such tool.  I often take photos of things I see as blessings, big or small, and store them on Instagram.  I call them ‘Captured Life Tidbits‘ –they are just all the ‘goodies’ of life that I find beautiful.  I have also used the notes app in my phone to list gifts, but I found I’m more successful when they are written on paper.

I’ve been thinking a lot about listing the gifts and being faithful in keeping track of them day by day. Because it has been on the forefront of my mind, I was delighted to find the perfect tool for listing all the wonderful tidbits of life.

Enter Moleskine 2015 Weekly Diary/Planner 

I am a huge Moleskine fan, and have over 10 Moleskine journals that I have written in throughout the years.  They are a well-made classic.  I know there are so many cute journals out there, but I’m a pretty simple girl who loves plain & classic. I picture how a journal will look lined up on a bookcase, and I always end up grabbing a simple Moleskine.

I’ve always bought the hard cover journals, but lately I’ve been crushing on their soft cover journals that come in a package of 3.  I keep them in my bag.  I use my phone note app for a lot of things, but for certain things (like my Christmas list) I like having a paper journal to write in.

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The 2015 Moleskine Weekly Diary/Planner

It has the perfect amount of space to list gifts each day. The new 2015 journal gives you a few days before the new year to start, which I have taken full advantage of.

I will pull it out of my bag during the day when I am at home, and have it in a central location or close by to jot down a gift when I notice one.  I will also take it with me in my bag for on- the- go gift listing, but if I forget to grab it, I use Siri to help me list the gifts while I’m on the car or out and about.  I then grab my journal right before bed and transfer any lists of gifts that i mad during the day on my phone.  It then is right there by my bed when I wake up, ready for me to find my perspective for the new day.

Can you see why I need something that is well made and durable?  This book will be by my side and on the move all year!

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So there is my plan.

What do you think?

Have you ever counted and listed the amazing goodie- tidbit gifts of life?

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