How to De-Stress without Cookies & Ice Cream| Guest Post

When we go through periods of stress and even anxiety, eating your favorite comfort foods can be nice as a treat, but it’s important to find ways to reduce the pressure in our lives in a healthy and nurturing way. Here are some ways to relax. Do these as often as you can to get yourself to a happy and peaceful place!


  • Epsom Salt Baths


I have recently discovered the delight of having Epsom salt baths weekly. It something I genuinely look forward to a few times a week. It’s detoxing, a muscle relaxant, helps aches and pains plus it has a healthy dose of Magnesium. Magnesium can increase the quality of your sleep and can even help with constipation. I recommend doing this three times (but be careful if you have a medical condition like epilepsy).

  • Movement


Especially in the morning. Move your body before your mind can talk you out of it. Whether it’s walking, yoga, pilates, running, whatever you can fit in. Exercise is a great way to clear your mind! Feeling physically strong and mobile does wonders for your sense of wellbeing.

  • Alone Time


When you have young children, sometimes this feels impossible, but it is crucial for you as a parent to get this. Don’t allow yourself to disappear just because you become a parent. Having alone time will allow you to establish yourself and your needs so you’re not running on empty when it comes to serving or working for others.

  • Prayer/Meditation


I try to use both of these as a form of clearing my mind and establishing a sense of peace and stillness, but either of these will work. Give yourself some headspace, quiet your mind and allow the inner spirit to guide you.

  • Plan Fun Times!


It is so important to have something to look forward to. Make time and make it a priority to have enjoyable, really enjoyable, experiences with your friends and loved ones. If you’re feeling very stressed you don’t have to do something everyday (it might just add to your stress!) but make it at least every week.

These are just a few tips that have helped me to slow down and enjoy the day-to-day experiences, and not let busy days and weeks (and months!) pass me by.

Kat Vieira is a stay-at-home-mum in the rolling hills of Surrey, UK. She loves writing, spending time with family and friends, reading and films. Following a thyroidectomy in 2013 as a result of Graves Disease, she decided to reclaim her health by managing her symptoms and striving to make her family and herself the healthiest they can be. You can follow her journey and experimentations by clicking the below link and saying hello!

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