Five Ways to Reduce Stress

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It seems like everyone has a incredible amount of extra stress more now than ever. I don't know if it is because I am getting older and now have a family of my own. I totally understand the work/ life/ mom/ wife balance is so hard and then you add social media on top of all that. Man how do we live everyday without that picture perfect home and the best children that listen to everything that we say. 

As a mom I know my stress comes from making sure that Charlee has everything that she needs. I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a great mom and that is so rewarding but can be a bit much at times. Everyone has stress but the hard part is how do we manage or reduce it. I wanted to share with you guys a few ways that I have learned to reduce my stress.

1. Develop a Routine: This one was tough until I became a mom. Kids (or at least mine) thrive  on routines. She loves knowing exactly what comes next in her routine. We have a morning and night routine and they are the same almost everyday. Morning and night routines are so important and can help you reduce stress. If you write down exactly what you are going to do when or at least a idea that you are gonna be able to relax knowing you did everything that you needed to.

2. Get Enough Sleep: This piggy backs off of the routine. If you have the first thing down you are going to sleep so much better knowing everything is checked off of your list. I have always had very good sleep habits but that is not the case for everyone. Some people have a hard time going and staying asleep. Stress can have a big effect on your sleep and that just builds up causing more stress. 

If you’re prone to bad sleeping habits, try these tips: Don’t look at screens for at least an hour before you go to bed; practice a relaxing bedtime ritual (maybe it’s a bath, maybe it’s meditation, whatever works for you!); read a book; try yoga poses to get you into a relaxed state; or try melatonin sleep aid.

3. Getting and Staying Active: This is a hard on when you already have enough on your plate. I totally get it. Going to the gym, eating, showering, and all the drive time takes away your whole night. Which means working out gets put on the back burner a lot more than I would like. It is such a long drawn out task that just gets old to me but in the end I feel so much better and usually get a lot more relaxed after a workout. Even if that means just a walk in the neighborhood or a trip to the neighborhood gym. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. It boosts your feel-good endorphins and helps take your mind off of daily stress. It also improves your quality of sleep!!

4. Having a outlet: It is so important to be able to get your mind of the things that we can change or help. This is a big problem that my husband has. He worries about things that we can't change. Don't get me wrong I worry to but he takes it to the next level. It helps to get our minds off of it for a bit and do something else. Whether that be take Charlee to the park or go to the grocery store. You have to find something to do to make you forget about the problems. Go out with your friends or get a massage. Do something to just forget about your problems for a little bit.

5. Lifting People: This one is so important. You don't want to be around people that make you stressed and bring out the worst in you. Make a effort to be around the positive people that build you up and help you work out the stress that you do have. Some times you can't work it out but being around positive people will help you feel better and may help decrease the stress that you do have. Drama creates unnecessary stress.

How do you reduce stress?


  1. I definitely needed this today so thanks for sharing!! xo

  2. Oh, I love #5. You definitely need to be around the right people. I find that one hard, at times. Thank You for sharing.


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