With finals, work deadlines, expensive vacations, and family gatherings coming up, you’re bound to feel like your life is under pressure this spring. Since I was feeling the stress I did a little research to find out how psychologists advise us to handle things when all we want to do is curl up in the fetal position and watch Netflix. 
My current cause of stress is our move and our job situation. If you’ve ever packed a house full of items while trying to watch a baby and thinking about job applications, you know what I’m talking about.
Beckett will attest to the fact that I don’t do well with relational strain, chaos, or a messy house. Those things drive me up the wall.  So if there was a measure of how “high up the wall” I would be right now, I’d have to board a jet plane to show you. 
So here are the tried and tested ways to better deal with that enivatible stress:
1. Be thankful. Take control of your emotions and give thanks. Stop focusing on all those negative things and think about the good. 
I like to do this by thanking God for all the blessings He’s given me/is. Then follow that with a quiet time. I generally journal my prayers and thanksgiving because it keeps me more focused. That way I’m less likely to start making a mental list of everything else I have to do that day. 
2. Take time to relax and enjoy life. Find those little ways to relax throughout the day.

Beckett ordered this at home massager for me awhile back and it has been so good during the packing process. 
I have a high pain tolerance (seriously) so when I didn’t stop complaining about my neck muscles hurting, Beckett knew either a) he would have to keep massaging my neck daily or b) he could pay for a massage for me, or c) he could buy me a massager that would cost less than an hour massage at a spa. Lol 
So he got me the gadget above and I love it! The pain is down a lot and it feels so good to sit for 15 minutes and relax every night! I still feel the knots, but they’re smaller and I think they’ll be gone by the end of the week!
Another way I like to relax is by sitting down with a nice cold chai tea latte made with the Tazo Chai mix. We buy ours in bulk at Costco to save a ton of $$. 

Cup from Northern Glasses, a local non-profit that gives water to those in need. –> https://www.northernglasses.com

Foot bomb from www.hartandsoulherbal.com, Shhh. beauty bar, Bodylish lotion bar, SinfulShine nail color in Miss Cheif from the King Kylee collection, Essie polish in ladylike, and Acure brightening facial scrub

These products are all ones that I really like. The bath products are new so I tried them today and throughally enjoyed them. My feet feel like I just went to the spa. 
The brightening facial scrub is from Target and smells super refreshing and natural. I highly recommend it. 
3. Get some exercise.

We love taking family walks to break up a long, tiresome day. It energizes us and brightens our day. 
4. Experience new things with those you love. 

I’m adding this one myself, but I know research backs it up too. Experiences boost happiness. So de-stress a little with something low-key and low cost. Go to the park, library, or on a day trip to somewhere beautiful!

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