As a mom of kids, in the young adult stages, I’m faced with stress that I didn’t experience when they were younger. Sure I worried my three and four-year-old would get scraped knees as they learned to ride their bikes in our driveway. But that was nothing compared to the first time my son pulled his car out of the driveway for his first solo trip around town. Or the first time my middle son took his motorcycle for a spin. Or when my daughter called and told me she’d gotten a speeding ticket. Believe me, these years are filled with lots of prayer.
When my kids’ were little, and my husband and I planned a date night and hired a babysitter to sit with the children, I admit, there were times I found it hard to relax. That stress was nothing compared to the days leading up to my son’s departure for boot camp. Knowing that he’d be away with minimal contact is much harder than the days when I could call home and check on him. But thanks to snail mail, we made it through.
And let me tell you, gathering and turning in paperwork for college applications is so much more nerve-wracking than helping your child complete a science fair project. But the payoff is much greater.
Before you get the idea that I’m a walking mess, I assure you that I’m not always stressed. On the days when I am, one way I de-stress is to spend time outdoors, enjoying local, state and national parks. Just hand over my walking shoes and my camera and give me some time to enjoy the quiet solitude and amazing views.
There’s just something about fresh air and blue skies that relax me.
And if there happens to be a large body of water nearby,
Or a sunrise,
Or a sunset,
Well…that’s just a bonus.
When I travel with my family, or on a couples getaway with my husband, or when I go solo, a portion of our time is always devoted to spending time enjoying the outdoors. We need that bit of time to stretch our legs and clear our heads or we tend to get grumpy.
Sometimes, I simply enjoy sitting on my back deck, gazing across the yard. Especially when I get a glimpse of the heron that has staked a claim on the pond.
Spending time outdoors calms and relaxes me. But for those times when I need a bit of extra help, I turn to Bach RESCUE remedy – natural stress reliever.
RESCUE is a natural, homeopathic product that helps me stress less, stay calm and in control. Developed by a doctor, RESCUE is gentle, safe and non-habit-forming. Available in a variety of forms, RESCUE Pastilles, RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts and RESCUE Pearls, these stress relief products are available at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts and other places you find natural products.
Available in a variety of forms, RESCUE Pastilles, RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts and RESCUE Pearls, these stress relief products are available at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts and other places you find natural products.
You can learn more about RESCUE products and download a money saving coupon here.
What steps do you take to stress less?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
© 2015, Tonya Prater. All rights reserved.