Thursday, October 6, 2016

10 Self Care Activities When Life Gets Stressful

Fall is a busy time for us. I start teaching several new classes at the end of September, there are five birthdays in October in our family, and the calendar gets quickly filled with numerous holidays and celebrations.

I can easily feel overwhelmed and feel like I have no time for myself. When I was younger, I thought “powering through” busy and stressful times was the answer. But that really didn’t work all that well as it always left me exhausted and often even sick. As I’m getting older, I have learned to take a little time for myself every day, no matter how busy I am. I feel much less stressed and am actually more productive and get my work done quicker if I do this consistently.

Here are 10 ways I have found to take care of myself when life gets stressful:
  • a short yoga routine at home
  • a barre class at a studio
  • an early morning walk (or a walk any time of the day)
  • a bath - an epsom salt bath is especially relaxing
  • a pedicure
  • reading a good book (reading for pleasure every day is an absolute must!)
  • journaling first thing in the morning
  • coloring in an adult coloring book
  • a facial mask
  • lighting a candle and listening to music while sipping on some tea
For a while now I have been intrigued by a “new” way people are relaxing: adult coloring books. I even gave some adult coloring books as gifts earlier this year, but I hadn’t tried them myself. Both recipients of the coloring books told me afterward that they loved coloring in them but that they had been skeptical when I first sent them (they both live in Europe, and I had them sent via Amazon).

Because I was curious about adult coloring books, I happily accepted when Sourcebooks offered to send me Color Your Dreams: 100 Inspiring Words, Captivating Coloring Images & Uplifting Activities.* The coloring book not only has coloring pages, but each coloring page is accompanied by a page that contains a quote and a reflective and meditative activity that goes along with the coloring.

Color Your Dreams 1
Color Your Dreams 2

Coloring and doing the activities at the same time is very relaxing and has become one of my favorite ways to relax. I love doing it right before I go to bed at night as it calms me down and is a much better way to end the day than watching TV or being on the computer or my phone (which used to be the way I would end the day - to be honest, I often did all three at once! Crazy, I know).

And lately, you’ll also find me on the couch at night in my PJs and my new cozy chenille robe.*

Bath and Robes Buttoned Chenille Robe 1

It was serendipity when Bath and Robes contacted me via Instagram to see if they could send me one of their robes as I had been looking for a new robe for a while now. The robe is cozy and soft, and I love feeling it against my skin. It’s perfect to wear at the end of the day when I’m winding down. And it’s also wonderful to put on in the morning to start the day.

Bath and Robes Buttoned Chenille Robe 2

Questions: How do you take care of yourself when life gets stressful? Have you ever tried an adult coloring book? I’m so glad I finally did as it’s a truly relaxing and fun activity... Is your robe as cozy and comfortable as it could be? My old robe definitely wasn’t, but I’m very happy with my new one from Bath and Robes.
  
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Be well,
Andrea
 
*Disclosures: I was provided both the coloring book and the robe free of charge. As always, all opinions are my own. #coloryourdreams

37 comments:

  1. You look relaxed and peaceful in the last photo!

    Mary

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I was very relaxed... :-)

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  2. I love taking a bubble bath with a face mask and then I read my magazines that I never get to! The fall really is such a busy season. I need to color in my adult coloring books more!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. A bubble bath with a face mask & a magazine is nice! Coloring books are so nice and relaxing, aren't they?!!!

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  3. I'm enjoying the hot tub at our new house! May need to look into something from Bath & Robes to wear when I get out of the spa!

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    1. I'm jealous of your spa! :-) The Bath & Robe robes are wonderful!

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  4. Look at you all cozied up!! I love it! Oh do we ladies ever need this list! I like to make a cup of sleepy time tea in the evening and read, do crosswords or watch a lil TV. Adult coloring books...so fun!! I miss coloring with the boys now that they are teens.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! Taking time for yourself is so important. And, yes, coloring with little kids is fun... Really no reason to stop when they grow up...

      Hope you'll have a wonderful weekend, Andrea!

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  5. October is a month full of duties for me too and so is important find relaxing activities! I like going for a walk early in the morning with my dog. The public garden is silent and the ground is covered with leaves...

    You look lovely and very relaxed!

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    1. Walks are so relaxing! I'm trying to make time for one or two every day; it makes such a difference!

      I love hanging out in my new robe... :-)

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  6. You're right---it's tremendously important to take care of ourselves even in the littlest ways!!
    I haven't tried the coloring books yet either---did you like it?
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes, I like coloring a lot! It's truly relaxing. And the Color your Dreams book is especially nice because it has quotes and extra activities, most of which help me relax even more.

      It's funny to me that several people I have mentioned adult coloring books to have said they thought they were "childish." I think coloring is great at any age! :-)

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  7. Ah, what a lovely picture, the last one! I have thought, a few years back when I just had to stop working, about adult coloring books. But I never did, dont know why not. If I need to relax a good book is my favorite way but a mugnof hot Chocolate, cookies and television can do the trick too! Enjoy many nice evenings on the couch with your coloring book and Robe! Beautiful color btw!

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    1. Reading is also a great way to relax, too.

      And, yes, I love the color of the robe, too!

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  8. What a lovely post, I will definitely try ticking of your 10 self care activities!
    I am in love with the robe your wearing! Is this the one? https://www.bathandrobes.com/buttoned-chenille-robes.html
    Will be ordering tonight x

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Yes, that's the one! I'm sure you'll love it.

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  9. A walk, a run, a swim.
    A cup of tea, reading.
    Crocheting, adult coloring.
    Yoga.

    Basically, anything that I can do in peace, without two loud/crazy boys...

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    1. That's a great list, Marcia! And so important to do when you are surrounded by active boys most of the time... :-)

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  10. I'm at the point where I try to power through my day, and really need to take more time for myself (if only there were more hours in the day!!) I do make working out a priority every day, which I believe keeps me sane. I've heard of a lot of people loving these coloring books and should give them a try, although I have trouble staying in the lines!
    Rachael
    www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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    1. Working out every day makes such a difference. It's such important me time!

      Adult coloring books are so fun! And who says you have to stay in the lines?!! ;-)

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  11. Great post! I definitely need to get better about self-care.

    Xx
    Molly
    www.trendychickadee.com

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    1. Thanks, Molly! I think we all are!

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  12. Oh I would love that mandala colouring book Andrea, I'm sure that must be so calming and relaxing and at the same time I'd be doing something creative! The bathrobe looks super cozy too!

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    1. Yes, the coloring is great, truly relaxing! And it's really nice to bundle up in the robe, now that it's cooling down at night.

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  13. Great post...I need to copy your list to add to my wellness notebook. The robe looks cozy...

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    1. Thanks, Donna! Your wellness notebook sounds great! It's nice to have wellness resources all in one place and to have a space to focus on wellness... And, yes, the robe is great!

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  14. Great ideas! I like to sit down with some knitting and watch a movie! But only if I'm at a part of the knitting project that I know will go smoothly! ;) Lisa

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    1. Yes, a knitting project that doesn't go smoothly wouldn't be all that relaxing, right! ;-)

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  15. Great ideas! Coloring is a great de-stressor. I also love yoga, going for a long walk with the dog and reading a good book with a cup of tea! I think I need to take a day off soon and do all of these!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Yes! Taking care of ourselves is so important!

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  16. Hey love! I have been sadly delinquent on my blog reading but catching up tonight. What a great post for me to begin with. I need to remember to slow down and allow myself some quiet time for reading, soaking in the tub, or indulging in a pedi. I need to add a robe to my Christmas list. Love yours.

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    1. P.S. I do have an adult coloring book. We are heading out of town and I think maybe I will pack it to work on in the car. Thanks for the reminder.

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    2. Coloring in the car sounds nice! We are also planning a long car trip, and I'll have to borrow that idea! :-)

      A cozy robe is so nice for relaxing...

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  17. Wow, that robe looks so soft and comfy, perfect for the cooler nights! Will definitely check out their products. I love chenille. I usually take a hot bath before bed, using epsom salts often to reduce muscle pain. And then I curl up in bed to watch my favorite shows, it's a perfect wind-down for me. I've not tried the adult coloring books, I really like that this comes with a quote, it will make me think while I color and relax.

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    1. The robe is very comfy. Your evening routine sounds nice - I don't take enough baths... And an adult coloring book is really a nice way to relax...

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