coping mechanisms for stress


I was woken up too early and now I’m overtired and kid one is on the computer where I want to work and kid two needs my assistance every 2.5 minutes and my husband is breathing too loudly and looking at me funny and I can tell it’s going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Some days are like that. Even in Belgium.

Do you ever those kind of days, like me, and like Alexander? Where nothing horrible is actually happening, but all these little annoyances are adding up and dragging you down? How do you cope with the streses of daily life, whether they be big or little? We’re moving into what is, for many people, an incredibly busy, stressful time of year, so it might help to think ahead and identify the coping mechanism that works for you.

Two coping mechanisms that NEVER EVER work: eating and alcohol.

If hunger isn’t the problem,  food is not the answer. And alcohol? Well, it’s fun and all, but that’s not the answer, either. I’m not at all against enjoying a decadent dessert or a glass of the good stuff. But if you’re imbibing to combat stress,  you’re not enjoying it.

So what did I do to get myself out of my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad mood, and back to my super-sunny self? I went for a walk. I shoved aside the guilty feelings associated with (gasp!) taking time for myself and headed out the door for a half hour. I dragged in the scent of fallen leaves and listened to them rustle as I walked along. I relished the cold nip in the air whipping at my cheeks. And I returned with a new outlook  and a new attitude.

Aparently walking is my stress relief. For some it’s running. Or yoga. Or… I don’t know – kneading bread dough, even! What works for you? Hit us up in the comments and let us know what works for you. Who knows? Sharing your coping mechanism might help another sister find hers.

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