A little relief can go a long way...

Ever feel so stressed you don't know where to begin de-stressing? I'm pretty certain that's the story of my life. In fact, I was so involved in things during my childhood/high school/college years that I've barely volunteered for anything since then! And, then, along came children! I can't even remember what I did with my spare time...in fact, I don't think I can remember what "spare time" means.Don't get me wrong, I love my kids, work and play - and the things I volunteer for now are very meaningful to me. However, it's also important to have time to relax and de-stress.One of my top de-stressing activities for years has been exercise. I would get up early in the morning, bike a mile, catch a horse and go riding. Or, I had several hours scheduled for sports practice. Or, I got up early and ran. Unfortunately, due to back problems, these are only starting to become feasible options for me again.So, I've had to look to other areas for de-stressing. One is food. Cheese is my comfort food and I LOVE melting colby-jack over chips. I also love sweets, but these aren't the most health-conscious ways of dealing with things.I am known for bringing my kids to work. This can be really stressful for me, as I am trying to get stuff done in an allotted time. However, many of my co-workers have informed me that they find this helpful to them. Let's just say my kids have A LOT of "grandmas" and "aunts" and "buddies" at work. When things get really stressful, my baby tends to disappear from my office for a minute of cuddling. After that minute is up, the person returns him and heads back to their desk with a refreshed sense of motivation/relaxation/whatever they came searching for. I have to admit, my kiddos have great, heart-warming smiles (not that I'm biased).There are lots of other ways to de-stress, including reading, art, hobbies, etc. What are some of your ways? Logon and let us know...it may be helpful to someone else looking for a new idea!