1) Buy Some Incense–Now I don’t want to get all strange and granola-y on ya, but when was the last time you bought something just because it smelled good? And I’m not talking about the chicken at Kroger’s hot bar. Seriously, why do we deprive ourselves of those things that are the most pleasing to our senses just to save a buck? Let’s face it, as a mom, you’re in the trenches, you’re smelling stuff that could make a gorilla sick to his stomach, I won’t name all the mess, but let’s just say poop and leave it at that. So, next time you pass buy a scent that makes you say, “Ah that’s nice, I almost forgot about the screaming in the cart next to me.” Buy it.
2) Take a Bath–Hey, your kids get that time, right? Time to play, decompress, give themselves soap beards and use shaving cream for various purposes, you should be doing the very same thing. Don’t feel like you have to be reading anything either to make your time “purposeful,” you’ve already filled your day with moments like this. Sit back and let the water take over.
3) Take a Walk–Nothing takes our focus off the stress of our circumstances or resets our mind like a nice, brisk walk. A walk with trees and grass is ideal, but if your space isn’t amenable to that, just walk anyway and focus on yes, I said it, nothing–nothing but the motion of your body. Make it brisk, make it purposeful, i.e. I’m doing this so I don’t harm my children between dinner and bath time tonight.
4) Call a Friend and Laugh–Call this person just to unload, to kick back and tell something silly about yourself or share nothing except what book you just read. Try to make them laugh too.
5) Take 15 Minutes for yourself every day–
Impossible, you may be thinking. I don’t care what it takes:
-locking the bathroom door
-joining a gym just so you can use their awesome shower for way too long
-plopping all the kiddos in front of the screen with massive amounts of popcorn and retreating to the bedroom or above-mentioned bathroom
Use those 15 minutes to do what relaxes you, be it yoga, prayer, reading scripture, singing at the top of your lungs.
Over and over again in Scripture, God’s peace is promised:
Psalm 23: 2-3 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
John 14: 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid
We need to allow that time for God to do just what he has promised.
Can you thing of any other creative/tried and true methods that you’ve used to calm yourself and care to enlighten our reading audience?