With the pandemic still going strong .. it’s important to remember activities to deplete the stress and worry from our lives.
Here are 8 self care tips you must try today!
There’s just something about nature and being outside that eases tension and stress. Whether you go outside to be productive or to just sit and take in the scenery… going outside is a great way to clear our minds.
2-Disconnect and read a book
Reading is such a great way to escape and relax. Just find the right book genre, and your mind will be free from stress.
Taking a break to soak in the tub is such a relaxing way to give yourself a break. The warmth from the bathtub also helps you to unwind and get your mind off stressful things.
4-Listen to an uplifting podcast
There are so many positive and uplifting podcasts out there. Find a podcast you love and I think you’ll see how listening can be a great way to de-stress.
Moving your body is a great way to unwind and get lost in your thoughts.
6- Turn on some relaxing music
If you’re one of those people that loves music.. turn on some soft, relaxing tunes. Music truly can be therapeutic for your brain and body.
7-Take a power nap
If you are napping for more than an hour I myself don’t consider that a power nap. I have found that a 20-45 minute nap can do wonders to relax my brain and body, without feeling groggy and tired when I wake up.
8-Go for a scenic drive
Take in the area around you. Don’t go on a busy freeway if you can avoid that… we are talking a low-stress, pretty drive. There’s something about nature that just cures the soul.
Isn’t it wonderful when you make a meal, and you’re ENTIRE family eats it?!
As a mom with young kids, it makes my day when I can focus on one meal instead of feeling like a short-order chef, cooking multiple items.
I wanted to share with you our families’ FIVE “go-to” meals that even my pickiest eater enjoys!
1- Korean Beef
This Korean beef recipe is easy and a favorite. We make it at least once a month.. sometimes more.
You can eat this meal with rice, noodles or really anything that sounds tasty with it.
2-French Toast Bake
Do you ever make breakfast for dinner? My kids love when I switch it up, and they LOVE this French toast recipe.
Many of you may know that I have to eat gluten free, so I figured out my own way to make this recipe gluten free. But if you want the regular recipe click here . I found this recipe on Pinterest and it’s delicious.
For the gluten-free version click below :
3- Roast Beef & Corn on the cob
You may be thinking, why not potatoes and gravy with roast beef? Well, my kids aren’t big fans of potatoes and gravy.. but if you throw in corn on the cob … they are happy!
To cook roast beef just right I follow this steps:
1-Thaw it in the fridge the night before
2- stick it in the crockpot.
2-Pour 1 cup of beef broth over it and cover it with salt and pepper.
3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, to your desired tenderness.
4-Grilled Chicken & Carrots
My husband is a master on the grill and we found that if we wanted to get my kids to eat chicken, they love it grilled!
We add BBQ sauce or ketchup on the side depending on preference.
We add raw carrots for a veggie and my kids love it.
5- Rice & Meatballs:
My kids love meatballs but don’t always eat the sauce so I always make sure to make some meatballs that aren’t covered in sauce.
Here is the recipe I use, it’s actually gluten-free but my kids love it!
I hope some of these recipes can be useful to you!
I remember I was twenty-seven years old praying for the same things over and over and over again.
One day, it dawned on me, and truthfully hit me hard when the thought came to mind “it’s not always the way you want it Christy.”
Yes, it took twenty-seven years for me to understand that I needed to stop telling Heavenly Father every thing I wanted in life, and I needed to start praying that I handled my current situation well, no matter what the end result may be.
You see, it took me a bit to find my husband. For years I prayed for a husband and a family.
One day, with a tear-stained face, I said a prayer and I had the overwhelming thought to “pray to be ok with being single for now.”
No, I didn’t want to be single. But you see, I was struggling with this “single identity.”
In my mind, I was not ENOUGH because I was still single. My self-esteem was rock bottom and I knew it was time to change my prayers and TRULY talk to God.
I knew it was time to tell my Heavenly Father my struggles and trials with being single, and then be in tune enough to listen and try to understand how to deal with my situation better.
Fast forward 8 years … and now I have that wonderful husband and 3 beautiful children .
My family brings me so much joy, but I also have worries.
From health issues, to safety, to my kids social life… I worry about my little kids a lot. And always, pretty much always, in the back of my mind is my baby girl and her heart problem.
Baby girl was born with WPW, an extra circuit in her heart that can cause an arrhythmia to start and can be very dangerous.
So far baby girl has done well with this condition, but it truly can haunt me if I let it.
So what do I say in my prayers with all the worries and woes that come with having a beautiful family?
I thank my Heavenly Father for the many blessings we have, I ask for many blessing to come, and I plead with him to help me through the current situation that we are in.
We all know that God knows the big picture that we can’t see.
So why do we forget that he knows best how to navigate the present time and can keep us on a happy, healthy track?
Every stage of life we are in, comes with amazing blessings.
And yet, every stage of life comes with some really tough burdens.
Don’t leave those burdens for you alone to lift.
I know God can help us lift those burdens.
He can help us through prayer if we remember to ask “how can I navigate my current hardship?” Instead of “take away this terrible burden that is too much for me to carry.”
Here is a wonderful scripture related to this topic. The scripture is found in The Book of Mormon:
Mosiah 24:14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
So I ask you, what burden can you pray to our Heavenly Father about?
And this time, instead of asking God to take away that burden, ask Him to help you know how to carry it.
I know God is there to help.
God may not answer our prayers according to our desire.
God may not take away some heavy burdens…
But I know Heavenly Father will ALWAYS help us through our struggles.
This I have no doubt.
I hope it doesn’t take you twenty-seven years to learn this, like it did me.