10 ways to destress and feel happy


Are you like me and always trying to stay ahead of the curve? It almost feels impossible most days of the week! I have spent some time over the past few months really looking into ways to destress and feel happier on a daily basis. Here are some of my favorites that I have incorporated into my daily living.

1. I have found that getting rid of things is life changing. Reducing clutter and things that you don't need can really help you take back some control when things are spiraling around you. Don't just rely on spring cleaning...go through things regularly for an easy reset.

2. Meditation has been a real savior this past year for me. Whether you are going through a divorce, starting a new job, or just trying to stay in the moment, meditation can come in real handy! There are some amazing free apps that you can load right on your phone to help you get started.

3. Pay it forward. This is an really easy one to do and doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Buy someone a cup of coffee when in line at your favorite coffee hang out. Have lunch delivered to your child's teacher or surprise your child's bus driver with a small gift card to treat him/her to lunch. There are so many things you can do...get creative! It's sure to not only put a smile on your face but the person you're doing something nice for is sure to have one also.

4. Napping...I know, what mom has the time to nap right?! Well, I have learned to nap in this past year of transition. It's been the best thing I've added to my schedule. Now, I'm not saying take a nap every day or for several hours BUT there is something to be said to turn off your computer and other electronics and take a power nap. It will refresh you and you can really look at the world with a whole new outlook when you awake. It's important as moms to take care of ourselves especially during cold and flu season.

5. Surround yourself with like-minded people. It's really important as your life evolves that you continue to look at who you choose to spend time with. I have learned a lot in this year of transition that people (who you thought were your friends) don't always have your best interest at heart. Don't hesitate to remove them from your life and never look back. We get so caught up with trying to make things work with everyone in our circle, when in fact we should regularly be evaluating that circle to insure that everyone you have allowed in are there for the right reasons. If they are not, get rid of them immediately! You will feel empowered!

6. Take time for yourself. Now, this doesn't mean go out and spend a lot of money on a trip or expensive massages. Get creative! Block out an hour and give yourself a manicure or pedicure, take a long bath, give yourself a facial, or get into a new book. Put on your headphones with some of your favorite music and head out for a long walk. This is probably my favorite thing to do in the warm months!

7. Get a sitter and head out for a girls night. I have found that making time for a girls night here and there can really take the edge off. There is nothing better than laughing with good friends to let go of that stress! Some good food and wine added to the mix also never hurts.

8. Journaling...writing down your thoughts can relieve stress almost immediately. Get yourself a notebook and keep it with you. When you have a few minutes in between drop offs, meetings, or whatever you have going on during the day whip out that notebook and unload your thoughts. It can do wonders for your stress and anxiety and put things back into perspective.

9. Plan a backwards night with your kids. Have breakfast for dinner OR dessert before the main course. It will definitely put a smile on your kids faces and their smiles are contagious!! It's an absolute recipe for a stress free evening.

10. Search for an organization or cause that you are passionate about and volunteer. There is nothing better to destress than to help those that are in need. I know when I am helping others I forget about the chaos in my own life and leave feeling like I can conquer the world. If you have older kids, invite them to come with you and make it a family experience!

Remember to live in the moment as most stress comes from either living in the past or worrying about the future.

#Health #Lifestyle #Meditation #Motherhood #Parenting

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Michelle is a single mom raising three kids - 2 with special needs - and is dedicated to advocating for more community resources for parents of children with special needs. 

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