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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.