Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Ways to relax:
* Enjoy your favorite beverage. My favorites are Dr. Pepper and coffee (not together of course) but caffeine tends to aggravate anxiety so when I need to relax hot tea with honey is the way to go.
* Take a bath. A warm peaceful bath with some bath salts or bubble bath is sure to help your body relax and your mind too if you will let go of all your worries for 20 minutes or so.
* Remember the things you like. Us moms tend to push our wants and needs to the side for the benefit of our kids and spouses. However if you let this go on too long you may find you've forgotten what you really like. Make a list and keep it with you. Let go of the financial & time worries and just write your list. Just because you put it on the list doesn't mean you have to have it. The list just helps you remember what makes you happy. If you are happy you will be more relaxed. Don't forget to jot down the restaurants you like, you may have forgotten in the pursuit of kid friendly meals.
* Find time to do what you enjoy. This is a little different from your happy list. What activity helps you relax? It could be cooking, spending time with friends, a date with your husband, reading a good book, sewing, etc. You really don't have to spend a lot of money to do any of those things. Make room on your calendar to do your favorite activity at least once a month.
* Pray. Ask God to help you with your worry. Remember what the Bible tells us:
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
* Laugh. Watch a comedy. Pay attention to your kids for a little while. Read a funny book. Call a humorous friend. Find a way to laugh EVERY DAY. I'm certain this is essential to survival and to relaxing.
* Fill your home with scents that make you happy. Okay maybe this one is just me. I'm all about some smell. I feel SO MUCH BETTER if my house smells good. Use room spray, a candle, essential oil, wall plug ins, whatever it takes. Fill your home with heavenly aromas.
* Control the noise. Now I know we can't really fully control the noises our kids make but we can make some choices to control other noises in our environment. If you like quiet turn off all the background sound and encourage your children to use headphones for their devices, radios, etc. If you like noise (I tend to fall in this category) put on some relaxing background music or a calm tv show. I'm thinking any show with the word Judge or Springer is probably out for relaxing background sound.
This is just my starting place. I will continue to add as I find new ways to relax. What are your favorite ways to calm down and find peace?