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I am so stressed out right now. I'd love to fly away to a tropical island, soak up the sun, and maybe even drink a margarita or two. But that's not going to happen. I've got to stay here and live life—work, cook, clean, take care of my kid.
JARHONDA was stressed out too. She wrote: "I have been under an enormous amount of stress lately with finances, kids who need my attention, and a husband who isn't helping me out. I am so overwhelmed. I can't sleep at night, but don't want to go to the doctor because he'll probably prescribe antidepressants, which I'm not interested in. Does anyone know of anything I can do to make myself feel better—without spending a lot of money?"
She got a lot of great responses, and I feel better already knowing there are so many things out there I can try. (Even though I'd still rather be on a tropical island!)
1. Meditate, meditate, meditate. It's easy to learn and to add into your daily routine. First you have to learn how to breathe. Take a few minutes—lock yourself in the bathroom if you have to—and just pay attention to your breathing. Deep, slow, full breaths that completely fill up your entire abdomen like it's a giant inner tube. Close your eyes and pay attention to your breathing. When your mind starts to wonder about something else, just stop and go back to the breathing. After a little "practice" you'll be able to do short meditations while waiting in line at the grocery store, while putting the kids to bed, etc. And you'll find you're a lot more relaxed and focused. That extra oxygen to your brain helps you see things in a different (better!) light. — jenettyshome
2. Clean. It helps me take my mind off things—and I have a clean house! — Christine113
3. Enforce your kids' bedtimes. Make sure that their day ends sooner than yours so you have time for yourself. Then do something you like to do—read, watch television, relax. — sarah_smile
5. Have sex! It might seem like the last thing in the world you want, especially if you're mad at your husband. But you'll be surprised at how he starts to respond. If you meet his biggest need, he'll start to be more responsive in other areas. — MyBelovedOnes
6. Scream into a pillow. My doctor told me to do this when I was super stressed and didn't want to take medication because I was breastfeeding. It really works. — sharonrena
How do you relieve stress?