Being a mom is a busy, demanding and underappreciated “job.” Today I wanted to take the time to give you some easy yet effective ways to reduce stress and anxiety as you navigate life. For a long time, I swept my stress, anxiety, and depression under the rug. That was until I learned that my self-care is #1 in Motherhood. I cannot pour into everyone else’s cup if my cup is empty.
These simple and easy self-care exercises will help you start filling your cup and as you become consistent in honoring yourself, your cup will start to run over. When your cup runs over, you are able to give to others simply from your overflow.
I invite you to pick a few of these, schedule some time for yourself and fight stress and anxiety in a loving way.
21 Easy and Effective Stress Relief Techniques
Laughter~ Not only does laughing feel good, it is good for you too. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen, lowers your blood pressure and triggers the release of endorphins. Some quick ways to get a good laugh are: watch your favorite comedy, get together with fun-loving friends, watch funny videos on Youtube.
Kissing – When you are kissing someone, your body’s level of cortisol decreases while your serotonin levels increase. These 2 actions make kissing a great stress reliever.
Chewing Gum – Chewing gum is great for freshening breath and helps me with my nail biting habit but who knew that gum is great for also reducing stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that chewing gum can help improve your mood, increase your alertness and increase blood flow to your brain.
Rituals – Calming rituals are a great way to decrease your stress, take care of yourself and be a more loving member of society. Calming rituals include things like: meditation, weekly date nights, exercise, gratitude journaling, coaching)
Move Your Body – Keeping your body active isn’t just great for your physical health, it is also great for your mental health. Great ways to get your body moving include but are limited to taking a group exercise class, dancing, cleaning your home, doing yard work, walk/jog in your neighborhood. For more great ways to get your body moving, click here!
Have Sex – Aside from keeping the magic alive in your relationship, sex is a great way to improve your mood.
Listen to Music – Music is a great way to boost your mood because it releases dopamine. Music also helps you sleep better, eat less and can improve your mood while driving. I have certain go-to songs that I love and if all else fails, I bust out my Pandora Christmas station.
Be in Nature – Fresh air helps strengthen your immune system, improve your heart rate and overall just makes you a happier person. I enjoy walking, reading and even meditating in nature while my children join me or play with their friends.
Digital Detox – Sometimes turning off the news, drama tv and our phones are just the thing needed to reduce stress in our lives. I recently deleted all of my social media apps off of my phone. Not only am I less stressed but I’m more productive.
Visualization – There are visualizations all over Youtube that you can use to relax, create the life that you want and even attract more money. Pinpoint the area that brings you the most stress and find a visualization on that.
Meditation – Meditation is a great way to take a break from thinking about your current struggles and just focus on your breathing. Meditation allows people to take control of their emotional life. You can start meditation just 3 minutes a day and gradually add more time.
Gratitude Journal – When you focus on all the things that are going well in your life, those things multiply and that makes less from for stress. Taking time to just gratitude journal at least 3 things each day is a great process to reduce stress. After writing out your list, take the time to read through each and say “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you,” while allowing your body to feel the feeling of gratitude.
Get Pampered – Pampering your self is just an extension of Self Care and is a great way to reduce stress. We all would love to go get a massage, have our hair and nails done but sometimes the budget doesn’t allow it. A few ways to pamper yourself on a budget is: take a bubble bath, Netflix and chill (after the kids are sleep), Get your makeup done at the local beauty counter (It’s free) or even shave your legs.
Those are just 21 ways to help you reduce stress and anxiety. I hope that you this post helped you. If it did, be sure to share it with another Mom or Dad or human that can use some stress relief.