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A little relief can go a long way...

October 27, 2011

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!

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