How to Relieve Stress in 5 Different Ways

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We all need to de-stress regularly as busy moms. Taking care of you is perhaps THE best thing you can do to become a happy mom with happy kids who listen and behave better. When we regularly do things to feel better, it’s like letting a bit of the pressure out of the pressure cooker before the lid blows! Here's how to relieve stress, with 5 different options to choose from.

How to Relieve Stress in 5 Different Ways

1. A Massage

Professional massages are fabulous, but you don’t even need to go that high tech! You and your partner can just snuggle up and trade off massages. My hubby and I will generally sit in bed and he’ll rub my feet while I rub his back. And then we switch!

2. A Hot Bath

Calgon, take me away! There’s nothing like a hot bath, maybe with epsom salts and essential oil to unwind and relax after a long day! A glass of chardonnay is optional!

3. A Good Book

Don’t you love just immersing yourself in a good book? It’s a way to get drawn into a different world for just a bit. And it doesn’t matter if you’re reading a classic, romance novel, or a children’s book, the principle is the same. I love getting lost in the Harry Potter series! Even though it’s a children’s series, I love it. My other favorite, which I’ve read for years and years, is Nancy Drew.  They can be a bit corny, but they’re easy to read and bring back memories of a simpler time and place.

4. Exercise

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t shoot their husbands; they just don’t!” —Elle Woods, Legally Blonde. It doesn’t get put more clearly than that. Exercise of any type will make you feel better, lift your mood, and de-stress!

5. An Outdoor Hike

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This is my favorite! When I am hiking through the woods, I’m in my happy place! I have a regular trail that I like to go on that includes some pretty steep inclines as well as fantastic scenery! It’s a win-win for me! I get to decompress; I get a fantastic workout, and I get to breathe in fresh air as I take in the scenery.

If you want to know how to relieve stress, you may want to try some of these ideas. Or you may have your own way to relax and decompress! The important thing is not what you do; it’s that you have regular activities that make you feel good, both mentally and physically. As Nike says — Just Do It!

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Hi, I'm Beth. I help busy moms ditch the overwhelm and gain confidence, so they can enjoy parenting more, yell less, and have peaceful kids and a happy family.

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