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Simple Ways I Do To Combat Stress




“Wish we could turn back time
to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep
but now we’re stressed out”

I really love that song from Twenty One Pilots and I can relate to it in some ways.


Haven’t we at some point gone to feeling stressed, exhausted or agitated? Remember even in college, we at certain time felt pressured by a “few good” professors (sarcasm intended), the grueling exams and those taxing theses to be passed?

Now that we're grown-ups, either working or married, the demands are even higher - the bills to be paid on time, monthly groceries, allowances, debts, tuition fees, probably strained relationship (between you and your boss, co-workers, spouse or kids) and the list goes on. Quite stressful huh?

Stress. It is but a common term in this fast-paced world. It is everywhere. Comes in different sizes but can drain us over time if ignored. 






A brief confession

When I was still working on a night shift, in a rather frantic environment (at least for me!), I used to be tensed a lot. Headaches seemed to be a normal thing. I was sickly, cranky on most days when I was home and even the slightest amount of noise would irritate me. 


I was emotionally bothered to the point of depression. Something wasn’t right and I knew it. I was STRESSED OUT.

That was two years ago before my second child was born.


Today, as a SAHM of two (11 year- old boy and 15 month- old baby), I couldn’t afford stress to deplete my energy again.


I want to be and I’m aiming to be as cheerful as possible amidst the daily noise, chaos and busy-ness that I get for being a “yaya-less” mother. 

I believe that MOMS are like “well” from which our spouses and children draw love, happiness, comfort and support. Thus, this “well” must be replenished all the time so that we can give our 100% wholeness to them. 


And therefore, it’s just right that we take so much care of ourselves in every aspect be it physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.





In dealing with stress, each of us has different ways to approach it. Mine is just simple. Read on...I hope you’ll find them helpful as well.

Simple Ways I do to Combat Stress


I stop watching news on TV
First on the list! I’m the type of person who gets easily affected by what I see especially if it’s graphic. Then lately, I’m getting tired of the same old news about crimes and politics. I don’t want any more noise in my head so I opt not to watch evening news anymore.

I disconnect from social media
I sometimes feel that social media like FB only triggers the “critic” in me and I can’t help it. Don’t get me wrong though. I like FB and use it to be updated and connected with my relatives/friends and also to grow my FB page followers. However I also find it noisy due to some unfiltered news feed. So I take a break from it from time to time. 







I read

Whenever I feel down, these two blog sites are my source of inspiration – Everyday A New Page and Chasing Dreams

I get a boost of my spirituality from Ms. Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio (Everyday a New Page) through her musings and reflections. She’s one talented person not just in acting but also in writing! 


Ms. Rhiza Oyos (Chasing Dreams) on the other hand is my ideal blogger. For me, she’s an expert in her niche. She’s so relatable and artistic in her own ways. Browsing through her site is so refreshing! 

I write
As I used to say it, writing is my sweet escape from my daily routine of being a wife and a mom. It’s like releasing my words in the open when I have no one to talk to or to listen to my nonsense haha. It’s therapeutic.

I listen to soothing music

listen to soothing music

For me, nothing calms a weary soul than listening to some jazz or mellow music.  


I take a walk

A short walk with my kids, gazing at the sky and catching some air relax me. Well for now, it is the only form of exercise that I can do (coz as much as I want to work out, I could only wish!). 

I eat bananas

There’s something about bananas that enhances my mood. Science says it’s the serotonin which is responsible in “happy molecule”. But whatever it is, I just love munching bananas ever since :)

I get enough sleep

Though nearly impossible when you have a baby, I’m still trying to get a good sleep whenever I can. We know us MOMS very much need that physical vitality to last the day’s work. We shouldn’t deprive ourselves of sleep so we can regain our strength back. 

I pause and reflect

pause and reflect

Maybe it comes with age because now, I tend to be more reflective. So whenever I feel a bit cloudy, I just pause, look at the mirror and smile back. I practice this as often as I can to affirm myself that “Everything’s going to be alright.” And it instantly works.


How about you? How do you fight stress?



Simple Ways I Do To Combat Stress


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24 comments:

  1. Great list! My number one stress combatant is hand embroidery. It got me through a very tough mental and health time, and now 'need' to do it daily to keep myself sane and healthy mentally!

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    1. Aww sorry to hear about that..I do hope you're doing fine now. Embroidery is cool! I'm also thinking of trying it, maybe when I have more time in my hands coz you know kids :)

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  2. I'm so glad you've found some great things that work! Listening to music is a top one for me, or cooking. It makes me more mindful because I have to focus on each detail, so it naturally gets me out of my head.

    Alex J Brown
    www.ajbrowncreative.com

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    1. Wow that sounds great! I can sense you're one talented person Alex, a musician/good cook/ eloquent writer! Way to go kid!

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  3. What a great post with great suggestions. My biggest stress release is disconnecting from social media at a cut off point in the evening. To achieve this, phone, laptops and any other electronics are off limits in the bedroom!

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    1. Good suggestion!I think I'm going to try that!

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  4. Great list!! I will have to try out a couple listed. My number one thing I do to de-stress is turning on some music and chalk paint furniture. Just something about it that helps me.

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    1. Yes, good music never fails to uplift me whenever I'm down. Chalk paint furniture sounds interesting!

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  5. I think it's also about finding what you love to do and doing that to find some peace.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your list, stress is a constant in my life so I am always on the look out for "stress relievers." I will be picking up some bananas and making a conscious effort to see if they make a difference!

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    1. Yes you should try bananas.It really works for me!

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  7. OMG disconnect from social media is so key for me. I like the banana idea too! Such a great list. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome Grace! Glad I was able to give some tips :)

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  8. Great post! Some really great tips that I definitely need to take on board :)

    Dani x | www.flourishingfreelancer.com

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  9. These are great tips - I get headaches constantly, and I definitely think it's due to stress!

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  10. Stopping watching the news is a big one for me. At first it seems crazy to stop because you don't want to be out of the loop, but that goes away real fast when you realize how much less anxious you are

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    1. Yes, you're correct Nicole! I became less anxious after not watching the news.

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  11. This is a great list! Listening to music always helps me relax.

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  12. Great post! Being able to combat stress is so important. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome Cassidy! Thanks for shopping by!

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