"Opinion" Relieving stress

Jennifer Bonn

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Jen Bonn

Life can throw some stressful situations at us as most of us are trying to multitask throughout our day. It is not always easy to maintain a sense of peace and calm, but I would like to suggest a few ways you might be able to destress a little.

Exercise

Movement is a great way to release emotions and calm your mind. A simple walk will do the trick. When I am running, I use the time to problem solve and it is also a time when I am the most creative. I often have to run inside to write down an idea. I also can release anger, anxiety, or frustration by letting them fall off behind me.

Music

Music can be a motivator and a calming influence. There are certain songs I like to listen to if I need to find some calm. My favorite is I can only imagine by Mercy Me. Those piano chords start playing and I can feel the stress melt away. If I had a tough day and I feel battered and bruised, I need something to motivate me. I do not like to give up or give in, so I love In my blood by Shawn Mendes. Make a playlist to fit your moods.

Laugh

I cannot stay stressed when I start laughing. I feel the same way when I hear a child’s laughter or the type of laughter that is contagious. Do you have someone in your life that makes you laugh until your stomach hurts? That is my oldest daughter for me, and it also happened with my oldest sister. We only have to look at each other, and then hilarity ensues.

Dance it out

If you don’t dance in the kitchen to your choice of music while you sing at the top of your lungs, (sometimes the wrong words!) you might want to try it. It doesn’t matter if you are a terrible dancer like I am, just have fun.

Sleep

I become a different person if I am tired or hungry. Rest can do wonders for stress management.

Eat great food

Do you ever feel yourself relax when you sit down to eat a great meal? Good food is soothing.

Play with animals

Pets have a way of soothing our stress. They only want to be loved and love us back, and they don’t judge us or argue with us.

Disconnect

Take some time away from social media, e-mail, and the news. Spend some time in quiet.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA
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