Did you know that April is officially Stress Awareness Month? Kind of ironic considering it is the month when taxes are due, right? But seriously, I took a Stress Management class and did not know that there even was a Stress Awareness Month.
While I don’t consider my life overly stressful (compared to folks who are really struggling financially or have jobs where people’s lives are on the line), I do notice that it’s become harder for me to unplug and unwind since I started working from home. I feel like there is always something I should be doing. Even when I watch TV at the end of the day, I’m usually folding laundry or something. I really have to give myself permission to just relax and do nothing.
I have a few favorite ways to unplug:
A good book.
I love losing myself in a good story. Right now I am working my way through the Hunger Games Trilogy (I know – a little late to the party, right?). My biggest challenge is my urge to sit and read until I’m done and ignore all of the stuff that needs my attention!
A hot bath.
I have always loved taking a bath and when we bought a house with a whirlpool tub, my addiction grew even more. Add some salts with a relaxing scent and a candle and I can just feel everything melt away.
|These are my favorite!! They have a great one for if your nose is stuffed up too.|
I really wish I was one of those people who find it relaxing to exercise, but I’m not. I do like going for a peaceful walk, though. Add the company of a furry friend, and I’m feeling much better right away.
|It was so windy that Roofus’ ears were actually blowing in the wind!|
A yummy snack.
This one I have to be careful of. I could easily end a bad day with an entire pint of Chunky Monkey and several chocolate bars - not a good thing! I have found that tricking myself by making a treat that is both yummy and healthy achieves the effect I am looking for without the stress of feeling guilty about what I ate.
I heard that TCBY had a line of delicious frozen yogurt at Walmart and set off to see what kind of healthy indulgence I could create.
Once I found the TCBY products (they were hidden in the “Novelty Ice Cream” section, I picked out several different treats to bring home: fudge bars, sandwiches, and tubs of vanilla (for Jay and I) and cookies and cream (LJ’s favorite).
One of the “tricks” I play on myself is to load up the dish with fruit and then just add a small scoop of Frozen Yogurt and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
The great thing is that the TCBY vanilla is only 110 calories per 1/2 cup serving and it tastes amazing. The vanilla bean specks are visible immediately and have to be what gives it that great flavor.
What do you do for stress relief?
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