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5 Ways to Beat Stress

Apr 3
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Let’s face it; our lives are busy! Between work, commuting, errands, cooking, taking the kids to practice, cleaning, going back to school, and going to the gym, (yes the list goes on) we have more stress today than women of the past. It can be difficult to find the time to relax or do something for ourselves. I’ve tried to fit one of these five activities into my routine everyday to battle stress, and my body and mind have thanked me. Even if you can fit in 15-30 minutes a day for you, you’ll be on your way to battling stress too!

 

1. Spending Quality Time

Family Game Night, Family Night, Family Time

How much quality time are we spending with our loved ones? If the only time you see them is while we’re cooking dinner or sitting at the lunch table at work, it’s not enough. The key to spending quality time with our family and friends is to make sure it has nothing to do with things that stress us out, like chores and work. I use to work with all of my best friends, but we would rarely see each other outside of work. A few years ago, we all transfered to other locations, so we were forced to see one another outside of work, which has made for much better relationships. We all enjoy our girl-days, and it helps us destress. Looking for some quality time with your family? Plan a family movie or game night. The trick is, make dinner either very easy or get some take-out. Go to the beach, have a picnic, take the dog to a  park, or play a round of mini-golf or bowling. Quality, stress-free time with family and friend should be a must that is never ignored.


2. Quiet Time

Power Nap, Relaxation, Power Napping, Mid Afternoon Nap

Turn off the TV, close your laptop (Facebook will still be there later), and put your phone on silent. After a hard day’s work and a long freeway commute, my body and brain need a few minutes of silence when I get home. Taking a 15-30 minute power nap in the middle of the day actually gives us more energy for the evening’s activities. The key is to set an alarm so you don’t over sleep. Napping too long will actually make us more sluggish, and it will be harder to fall asleep at bedtime.


3. Get Some Exercise

Aerobics, Yoga, Cardio, Recreational Sports

It is scientifically proven that exercise combats stress. It decreases “stress hormones” like cortisol and increases endorphins, the chemicals in our body that make us feel good. The great thing about exercise is that there are tons of options. Some of my friends are really into Zumba, while others like to ride their bikes and go for a run. If your more of an at-home kind of girl like me, pick up some weights, yoga mat and some work-out DVDs (I have yet to finish one session of Tai-Bo with Billy Blanks, but I will) and get moving. If your feeling more sporty, play tennis or other recreational sports. Another great thing about exercise? Your body will look better, which will boost your self image. Talk about a serious stress buster!


4. Take a Bath

Relaxation, Bath Salt, Aromatherapy, Relaxing Before Bed

At the end of a long day, the last thing I need is my brain rattling off everything I need to do tomorrow, making it impossible to fall asleep. Baths are the ultimate in pre-sleep relaxation. The warm water relaxes the muscles and the steam cleans out our pores. For maximum stress busting, use aromatherapy bath salt (lavender helps us sleep) apply a clay mask, and light some candles. Even 10 minutes in a bath can get you ready for bed in no time!


5. Indulge in Your Hobbies

Hobbies, Scrapbooking, Art

Sometimes we focus on others’ needs so much, we forget about ourselves. When I started my career in my early 20s, I was so focused on being the best at my job, that I stopped playing my guitar. When I got married in my mid 20s, I was so focused on balancing my career with being a great wife, that my interest in art fell to the side. I entered my 30s feeling like I had lost who I was, and I was determined to get it back. We shouldn’t have to give up everything that is just for us just because we have families and jobs (and loads of laundry). Try to fill in your week with an activity that you are passionate about. Not sure what that is? Try different things: take a painting or cooking class, catch up on 10 years of scrapbooking, plan a container garden, take up an instrument, the possibilities are endless. Soon you’ll find something you love doing. With all we do for others, we deserve to do something for ourselves.

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