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Work, kids, laundry, news, social media, dishes, husband — the list is never-ending. When will you ever find time for yourself in the midst of all of the madness? Life is stressful. It’s chaotic. Nerves can get the best of you, and, at times, you can be unfairly impatient with your family.
Free time can be scarce. But for sanity’s sake, you must find it on the daily. Whether you garden, listen to music, journal or join a tennis team, finding a happy place will help you become a more relaxed, patient and happy parent.
The calming effects of water are unequivocal. For centuries, doctors have sent people to the beach or on long water voyages to cure their illnesses. Think of your happy place. Do you see yourself on the beach, lake or stream?
Sure, you probably can’t just drop everything and vacation to the shore or mountains. But a relaxing water source can be right outside your window.
A swimming pool can help restore your mind, body, and soul (and the kids will love it too). Treading water offers a peaceful sense of well-being and liberates your mind from constant daily pressures. Easily install a portable aboveground pool to help rehab your soul with daily rhythmic swims.
Listen to a Tune
The power of music is linked to our emotions and can be a quick and easy stress-relieving tool. Classical music has been proven to slow the pulse, lower blood pressure and decrease stress.
Classical music isn’t for everyone; any type of genre can create an emotional escape and provide calming effects especially if you are in some great loungewear. I personally love lounge pants that are ridiculously soft and feel like a second skin.
Playing an instrument can also ignite passion, accomplishment, enjoyment, and empowerment. Pick up an acoustic guitar or keyboard and check out beginner lessons on YouTube to start your new, liberating hobby.
Allay stresses and free your mind by releasing mood-boosting hormones (endorphins) through exercise. Get out and be active to achieve the au natural “runner’s high.”
Release built-up tension and create a necessary diversion from the ever-present worries of the day-to-day.
Exercise is a social outlet too. Join a soccer league, participate on a tennis team or sign up for that Latin dancing class to meet new people and work out those worries.
Is Your Happy Place In The Garden?
Gardening has helped with healing since ancient times. Colonial Americans believed gardens were a flourishing space for creativity.
Flowers and plants are given at the most joyous occasions in life. Creating your own beautiful garden can be the best form of stress release.
Gardening burns calories, as well as reduces anxiety, stress, and depression. Above all, gardening creates a physical connection with the earth and offers a chance to get creative with placement, color, aroma, and accessories. Dig in and get your hands dirty.
Write It Out
Clarify your thoughts through the power of the written word. Whether you choose to write in a leather-bound journal or create a blog to share with others, writing can cleanse your mind and sweep away your worries.
You don’t necessarily have to express personal thoughts — start a novel or children’s book that has been locked in the back of your mind. Even copy down inspiring quotes or funny jokes.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.