Surviving Stressful Times

The last month or so has been really intense. To try to maintain some equilibrium, I've been journaling a ton, trying to get plenty of rest, and going to yoga every chance I get. The journaling is easy to fit in and making that happen is very helpful for me. However, getting plenty of rest is much harder for me than it should be. I just love this time at night when everyone is asleep and the house is quiet and I can hear myself think. I always wind up staying up too late because of it. As far as yoga goes, I've been sporadic about it. Three times one week, then just once the next. But I keep going.

I'm trying not to beat myself up over anything. I'm just aiming for progress, not perfection.

A few other things I have on my list of to-do items are: Drink lots of water each day. Go for a pedicure with my mom. Get a massage with the gift card J gave me at Christmas (why haven't I used that yet?!) and read a whole book. (I just started this one this afternoon and it sucked me in immediately.) We're also experimenting with having no phones from 4 pm until the kids fall asleep. So far it's a sickening game changer. I literally had no idea how much we were on our phones. :(

How do you cope with stressful times? What are your go-to tips and tricks for staying sane when life gets crazy? I'd love to have more tricks up my sleeve, so please chime in in the comments below!

(Artwork via francois henri galland)


  1. Drinking all the water! I have found such a difference in my anxiety levels when I drink a lot of water; I've started keeping a glass on my nightstand so that I drink my first glass before I even get out of bed in the morning. Also, going for walks--this makes me feel good physically, but I also get the chance to just think or listen to quirky and fun podcasts which helps me mentally, too. And pray--don't know if you're the praying sort, but just a simple short prayer can help!

    1. Oh yes, going for walks is amazing. And prayer or setting intentions or whatever people prefer to call it is super powerful too! Thanks for the water encouragement. I can find it so hard to make myself drink water once I'm done with my coffee. ;)


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