7 Ways to De-Stress in 10 Minutes or Less -- Even if You’re With the Kids!


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1. Savor your favorite drink. Brew up a cup of coffee or tea, or make some hot cocoa. Need a more refreshing option? Jazz up iced water or seltzer with cucumber or citrus slices or some crushed berries. Or if the kids are in bed, unwind with a glass of wine or homemade cocktail.

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3. Have a dance party! Grab the kids, put on your favorite high-energy song, and just LET LOOSE! You’ll blow off some steam and even burn a few calories, too.

4. Go for a walk. A little fresh air and sunshine can go a long way toward improving your mood. Either push the stroller or take a quick solo stroll if you’re alone.

5. Do a little online window shopping. There’s no budget to worry about when you’re just browsing, so take a few minutes and check out anything you want. High-end home décor, fancy shoes, gourmet ingredients -- wherever your daydreams like to wander.

6. Meditate. Here’s one to try while your little ones are asleep (or out of the house). You don’t need any formal training: Simply sit or lie down in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and breathe slowly and deeply. If you feel your mind wandering and getting distracted, count as you breathe in and out to refocus. 

7. Pick up some crayons and color. Set up shop at your child’s craft table and sketch out a pleasant scene (tropical island, anyone?) or just doodle some geometric shapes. Write your name and embellish it with swirls, loops and dots.

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What’s your favorite way to de-stress or relax at home?


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GwenMB GwenMB

I think I am going to color this afternoon!  My boys each have a box of 64 crayons (so jealous! I always lusted after the box of 64 crayons as a child) so it'll be fun to use the crayons. :)

 I also like to sip my cappuccino at the computer.  Its hard to be left alone there, though.

TerriC TerriC

Take a hot bath.  Lay down in my room with the door shut for about 10 minutes.

count... countrygirlkat

I like to enjoy my coffee and that helps some.  Also reading a books helps me relax.

la_be... la_bella_vita

I do 4 and 5! I also take showers

jessi... jessicasmom1

aghhhh yes .. Coffee.........MMMMMMMM

Kmakk... Kmakksmom

Being online is my stress relaxer for the most part.

RobynS RobynS

be careful... online "window" shopping can turn into the real deal--and that can be hard on the budget! (not that I've ever done that or anything! LOL)

sanj1213 sanj1213

I like to do a little online shopping. It helps!!

sanj1213 sanj1213

I've tried meditating, but I don't think I'm doing it right because it doesn't seem to work. 

sanj1213 sanj1213

Going for a walk is one of my favorites!!

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