STRESSED? HERE'S WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
Holy Hannah, what a crazy year this has been. I don't know about you but I am BURNT OUT - as a mom, as a wife, as a friend, as a human being.
After researching ways to take care of myself, these are some of the tips I found that really helped.
1. ORDER IN DINNER
Who the heck has had the time or the energy to continuously prep and cook dinner? Girl, get that take out menu and order from your fave spot. Ain't nobody got time for that decision, at least not in my house! But honestly, there are plenty of places where you can get nutritious meals so you never have to deal with mom-guilt!
This one seemed silly to me at first until I tried it and I'm so glad I did. Between news articles and social media notifications blowing up my phone every couple of minutes, it's hard to stay on top of things. It's also disheartening to watch the news outlets because I found myself becoming depressed so I had to make sure it wasn't what I was constantly seeing.
Yes, I know this is easier said than done. But what I love about relaxing is that it can mean different things to different people. If I were to relax it would include a favorite movie or tv show, some wine, popcorn, and some comfy clothes (no bras allowed!). Relaxing for you could be anything from having a bath, reading a book, or baking up a storm. Think about what you really enjoy and do that.
This one, to me, sounds daunting AF. When someone tells me to journal, I'm always like ya, I'll do that... and then never do, Ha-ha! BUT don't think of this as you pouring your heart and soul onto some unlined pages. Instead, start by trying to write 3 things you're grateful for that day or write what the best part and the hardest part of your day was. It helps you really reflect on what's going on and I find the more I talk about what I'm grateful for, the more I am grateful for.
Change it up! Sometimes, this can make the biggest impact. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent or someone who works from home, this is a common trigger. We need to make sure we're getting out of the house and getting a change in scenery. If we don't, we can trap ourselves in depression and fatigue and it sucks.
6. BREAKING POINT
I really want to encourage this. It's important to find out what our breaking point is and to know it well. This way, when we know we're close to reaching it and we feel like we're starting to drown, we can reach up and hit that pause button and revitalize our souls.
I really hope some of these tips and tricks help you. I'd love to hear from you on what your tricks are for grounding yourself!