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!
It was only about 6 weeks away from my up and coming marriage to my wonderful fiancé now husband.
(Below: My husband and I on our wedding day)
I was in Europe on a trip with family, walking and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
My parents had recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary only six months prior and I had the thought “let’s talk marriage advice with dad.”
I happened to be talking and visiting with my father, and I straight up asked him “So what marriage advice would you give me?”
Without skipping a beat he said “Sometimes you just gotta shut up!”
I giggled for a minute because it wasn’t exactly what I thought he’d say, but then he continued on by saying:
“When you get mad and upset you can say things that really hurt and you can never take those words back….so it’s best to stay quiet before you hurt the person you love.”
I LOVE this advice!
Even better, my father, who is wise in so many ways, was the first to let me know that his own advice is a struggle for him, and perhaps that is why he shared it with me.
My father and I share similar attributes in our personality. We try our best to be kind and pleasant, but we both can get a bit “moody.” Sometimes that moodiness can make for an unpleasant relationship with a spouse if we aren’t constantly working to control emotions.
(Above: my amazing parents who have now been married 56 years)
I can tell you with complete honesty that I agree 100% with my dad’s advice, I regret that I haven’t always followed it and have said things to my spouse that I now regret.
However, it’s a conscious effort to watch my words, and my HOPE is that as my husband and I continue to grow in our marriage, that I can learn to “hold back” anything hurtful.
My hope is to think through my words, for we all know, words can cut deeper than physical wounds at times.
Now I must note, that if you’re in an abusive or unhealthy relationship and you are simple “cowering down” so as to not upset a spouse that isn’t healthy either. There MUST be constant communication in a marriage. And yet, that communication should more on the constructive or positive side.
Trying your best to “shut up” if you have only mean things to say can be challenging at times, but the reward is to not have the extreme REGRETS of speaking hurtful words.
Did you ever watch the Disney movie Bambi as a child?
Do you remember what Thumper said?
Thumper’s mother reminded him to say “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Just think how many world problems we could save if we watched our words and learned when to “shut up” so to speak.
(Below: Our Engagement picture)
So now I ask you…what is the best marriage advice you have ever been given?
Do you agree with the marriage advice I was given?