As a parent I know that sometimes I can be my own
worst enemy when it comes to taking a bit of time out for self, usually because
the guilt of it gets in the way. However I’m slowly beginning to learn that
taking time out for me doesn’t have to mean a weekend away at a
spa, as lovely as that might sound, it can be just taking 5 minutes out
for myself each day.

Below are some of the ways that I have found of helping me to distress:

. Listening To
amazing the huge effect the right song can have on your mood. If I’m having a
low day and need a bit of cheering up I always stick on “Jessie J Sexy
lady” and have a sing along and even a bit of a dance to it. Within
seconds i find myself forgetting all my worries and the stress just washing
.Lighting Some Candles 
I’ve recently got into the habit of when the
kids go to bed each evening always at least lighting one candle. I
have to admit I’m a huge Yankee candle fan however
when budget doesn’t allow i find the glade ones as just as

. Taking A Power Nap
A 20 to 30 minute power nap could make up for that bad night’s sleep
you had last night. I always try to fit in at least one power nap a
day if I can, however I know for some this is always a option, however if you
do manage it, it should leave you feeling refreshed, more alert and

.Have a Hot Bath

Now for us parents I know the idea of a hot bath might come
across as a bit of a dream… However I’m a strong believer in always taking a
bit of time for you even if it’s only for a few minutes. The heat from a hot
bath is known to relax your muscles and help sooth your mind as well. So invest
in some bath salts, soaps, light some candles and close the door and enjoy your
very own mini spa (for however long it may last).

. Eat Some Chocolate
not saying every time you get a little bit stressed you should reach for the
nearest chocolate bar, however there isn’t anything wrong with giving into the
sweet craving once in a while. Chocolate is proven to stimulate the brain in
such a way it releases endorphins and increases serotonin which in turn helps lower
your bodies stress levels. Out of all the suggestions I’ve made this is probably
the one I find works the best for me(I have a huge sweet tooth lol). 


I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and that it has been useful to you. If
anyone can think of any suggestions on other ways to distress please feel free
to share them using the comment box on this post.

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  1. March 12, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Oh I love your time out tips! All of it! I do take some ME time too and by now my family understands its for my sanity. Depending on the weather I might curl up in our library area with a good book or a stack of magazines and drink hot chocolate. But if the weather is nice I love to get out of the house, get my nails done, and then sit in a cafe and people watch! 🙂

  2. March 12, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    I'm a big believer in taking a nap. It doesn't just improve the moods of ratty toddlers!

  3. March 12, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    Me time is very important.I agree.I like to take a nap when I am stressed.Also going to the beach or lake is calming for me.

  4. March 13, 2016 / 8:07 am

    It's so important to take time out isn't it. I find reading can be really helpful and distracting too. I wish napping worked for me, but I end up sleeping for hours and that isn't always helpful

  5. March 13, 2016 / 8:18 am

    A nap works here too. Every time I get stressed, I put the kids down for a nap. Instant relief!

  6. March 13, 2016 / 12:21 pm

    I'm so with you on the lighting candles! There's nothing like a candle and a nice hot bath to unwind 🙂

  7. March 13, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    some great ideas here and I personally do them all

  8. March 13, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    Having a disco hap is SO good isn't it? I don't do it very often, but when I feel really irritable — or super-tired — I'll take myself off and have a 40 minute powernap. Especially if the boys are napping too!! 🙂 Lovely 🙂

  9. March 14, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    my favourite is a combo of candles and the bath, xxxx

  10. March 14, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    I don't really get that stressed, but just having a gripe to someone else usually helps, or getting outsode for a bit.

  11. March 14, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    I totally love these ideas, especially the lightning candles. This is a huge help for me.

  12. March 15, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Power Nap and Listening to music has been my daily routine 🙂 I always start the day listening to feel good music and when I feel exhausted, power nap is the key!

  13. March 17, 2016 / 4:07 am

    I completely agree that all Moms need to take time for self. It is so easy to just give all our time and energy away to others but, that is the path to ill health. Some Me Time can do wonders for the spirit.

  14. March 17, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    Candles and music always destress me. I'd love a nap but my two just wouldn't let it happen lol. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

  15. March 24, 2016 / 10:12 am

    Yes, to all that, especially since I'm in desperate need of de-stressing 😉 x

  16. March 25, 2016 / 9:41 am

    Some fantastic tips here. I am a big fan of scented candles for relaxation. Luckily everyone knows what to get me for Christmas/Birthdays.

  17. March 26, 2016 / 8:06 am

    Some great tips. One of my favourite things to do to distress in run a bath, turn the lights on and light some candles. Although within 5 minutes one of the kids is always after my attention. X

  18. May 12, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Now there are some amazing tips. For me it is a hot bath with my kindle x

  19. Sarah Cooper
    January 29, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Some great ideas here.

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