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Lately, work has been a little crazy. We also have a lot going on at home, including our son’s first birthday party in two weeks, some home improvements and a lot of other family and friends events. Add that on top of every day duties and dealing with a toddler who is becoming more and more independent, it becomes just a tad bit overwhelming.


When I get overwhelmed, I get cranky and I shut down a bit. I don’t want to talk to anyone or do anything, for that matter; it’s my way of dealing with it. To help get past this point, I have a few things that I do to relax and refresh my brain.

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1. I take a break from whatever is stressing me out. Sometimes I just need to stop whatever I’m doing, even if it’s for five minutes. If I’m at work, I’ll fill up my water or go on Pinterest for a minute to give my brain a break. If I’m at home, I might need to put my son in his jumper for a few minutes and go upstairs. These little breaks help me get back to what I was doing with a refreshed outlook.

2. I try and tackle little, easy tasks. Tackling something that’s on your to-do list or something you’ve been putting off can help you feel more accomplished and ease some anxiety. It’s nice to stop worrying about everything for a little bit and tackle something that is easy to get finished and off your plate. It’s one less thing for you to worry about and it helps you get away from some of the more daunting tasks you might have.

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3. Write. Sometimes my mind is way too full of to-dos, ideas, feelings and more, and I just need to get it out. It always helps me clear my mind if I can write it all out. When I get to this point, I’ll write a to-do list, update my calendar and maybe write a blog post if there’s a nagging idea in my head. Writing helps clear my head of these things and makes space for my brain to function properly again.

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4. Drink a hot beverage. I’m a fan of The Big Bang Theory and totally agree when Sheldon offers a hot beverage to anyone who’s upset. I’m not sure what it is about holding and drinking something hot, but it’s very calming to me. My favorites are something a little indulgent like a hot chocolate or a chai latte.

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5. Pamper myself. We work hard as moms. There’s a lot going on, a lot of moving parts, and we deserve a break and a little reward. Why not take a half hour or an hour for myself? The world isn’t going to explode during that time and it’s revitalizing to do something for myself, and only me. I love getting a massage. I can’t always afford one, but it’s a much appreciated treat a few times per year. If massages aren’t your thing, you could try a mani/pedi or even a bath at home.

6. Watch a chick flick. I love movies; my husband and I watch them all the time. I’m usually pretty open to watching anything, but, like most husbands, chick flicks aren’t high up on the list for him. Occasionally, I’ll take the time to watch a movie by myself and there is just something so wonderful and relaxing about curling up on the couch in comfy clothes and watching a chick flick.

While these might not always solve any issues or get everything done, they sure help me keep my sanity. What are your ways that you deal with being overwhelmed?

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