10 Free Ways to Reduce Stress

10 Free Ways to Reduce Stress


Everyone needs to relax sometimes in order to keep stress at bay and not end up sick. The problem that usually arises is most people think about the most expensive ways to unwind, but what if you are on a budget or don’t have the funds. Does that mean you can’t enjoy a little R&R too?

No! There are ways that you can relax without spending a dime and I will share with you some that you can go do right away for FREE.

Here is a list of ideas for relaxing without breaking your pockets:

1. Exercise. It’s free to walk around your neighborhood or the park or even a school track. And it has been proven that walking reduces stress and anxiety and is a great way to get in shape. I often take a 30 to 45 minute walk every day. I also use that time to listen to different podcasts and audio books. I have also been known to come up with great ideas on my walks.

2. Meditation. This doesn’t have to be the woo type of meditation. Simply sitting somewhere in silence and emptying your mind can be very relaxing. All you need is 30 minutes and some deep breathing and you will feel a whole lot better.

3. Naps! I am a big advocate of naps. I take one every day. It is a requirement for me to be refreshed and focused when I get up. Even if you can squeeze in 15 to 45 minutes that will do you a world of good and will help you to be more relaxed and rejuvenated.

4. Gabbing with a Friend. Whether you do this over the phone or in person just calling up a friend and catching up or venting can be quite relaxing. Talking with friends helps us to reminisce about the good old days and takes our mind off of the stresses of the day.

5. Listen to Music. You can grab your phone or iPod or turn on your computer and play some music. There are all types of music out there and tuning into what you like can help you relax immensely. I like to listen to Pandora and turn on the classical station when I am doing work. I also like to make playlists for when I am just lounging around the house and in the mood to jam.

6. Read a Book. I love reading and with my Kindle Paperwhite I am never at a loss for material to read. I like to either fire up the Kindle and read a good book or actually pull a good book from my shelf and find a cozy spot in the house and sit and read in silence. It is the most relaxing thing.

7. Bubble Bath. Fix yourself a hot bubble bath and grab yourself a good book, some nice music and if you drink – a glass of wine and unwind in the bathroom. Very relaxing and free.

8. Look at Old Photos. Strolling down memory lane with your kids can be very relaxing. Unless you had a terrible childhood, sharing your baby photos or childhood photos can be very enjoyable and relaxing. If so you can pull out old photos from when you were a young adult and share. Even looking at photos from ten years ago can bring back fond memories and a few laughs.

9. Play Games. Family game night is one of the most fun things we do in our house. But you can also play games on your computer. I have several games that I play just to relax and have fun by myself. When was the last time you played your favorite board game? Pull out Scrabble or Monopoly and fix some snacks and game night is a go.

10. Daydream. I daydreamed a lot as a child and I still do occasionally. Daydreaming is a great way to just let your mind wander and to relax and go to another place, a happy place. All for free.

These are just a few ways that you can relax for free, but there are tons of other ways too. The key is to be creative and to have fun in whatever you choose to do. Don’t stress out about finding the perfect technique or waiting on the perfect time. Don’t let guilt of not doing anything rob you of being stress free. We all need downtime. Just take one of these suggestions and do them today. Your body will thank you.

A Easy Way To Pack Away Clothes For The Season

A Easy Way To Pack Away Clothes For The Season

It’s that time of year again; switching out my clothes.

I do this routine about twice a year. It seems that it’s hard to tell when a season ends and when it begins, but nevertheless I do manage about twice a year. It used to be a long drawn out, much avoided task that I would do. But in recent years I have come up with a quicker system that now makes switching out my clothes and shoes really fast and easy.

You like fast and easy, right?

Good, so do I. So without further ado below is my current plan for switching out my clothes. Take a few of the tips and craft your own or do them all for maximum effect.

My Quick and Easy Clothes Switching Plan:

  • I use the same container and just switch them out.
    • By doing this I saved tons of time, money and energy by not having to buy new containers every season or having more than the 3 containers I use now. It also keeps me from buying too many clothes because it all has to fit back in. I refuse to get more containers. (And by the way, it doesn’t matter what container you use just make sure that it is big enough to fit all the clothes you would like to put in and will fit the space you plan to store it. And I store my hanging clothes in these containers too. No need for a rolling rack.)
  • I leave a couple of outfits from the season I am packing away for those rare weather days.
    • This keeps me from having to go digging through my packed away clothes. Which was a pain in the butt! I keep these storage containers up in my attic so having to trudge up to the attic when we have a warmer day or a cooler day is not appealing to me at all. So just keep a couple of outfits from each season out and you are good to go.
  • I also use this time to weed out clothes I don’t wear anymore, can’t fit, or didn’t even touch that season.
    • How many times do you come to cleaning out your clothes and you realize that you didn’t even where that shirt, or outfit that season. It happens to me more often than not. I may purge clothes that I kept passing over and finally agree that I just don’t like it anymore and it’s okay to get rid of.  This is also a great time to evaluate your shoes and get rid of those that don’t fit or have seen better days or you never wore for whatever reason.
  • Aim to donate or sell at least 2 outfits while switching out.
    • I always have at least 2 or 3 outfits and a couple pair of shoes that I end up donating when I switch out my clothes. If my shoes are still really nice and I didn’t give them much wear I will use a app called Vinted or Poshmark to sell them online. (Review of those apps coming soon.)

Since starting this new system to switch out my clothes it now takes me about 20 to 30 minutes to do the switch out and evaluation. (May take you longer if you have tons and tons of clothes which is a subject for another day.) That is easy peasy and goes by really fast. I usually do my switch out on a Saturday morning when I am doing my other household chores.

So there you have it my quick and easy clothes switch out plan for the season. I hope that you can take some of these tips and implement them in your own home and make a task that is usually a pain go much quicker.

Quick Jewelry Organization

Quick Jewelry Organization

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Hey everyone! I just wanted to do a quick post for those of you have a lot of jewelry but it’s all tangled up in a drawer. I had the same problem. Not only me, but my mom and my daughter. So one day I decided to use sandwich bags to corral all of the jewelry.

Now you could just throw everything in one bag, but that would just give you a mess in a bag. Hahaha! We don’t want that! So I though why don’t I separate the jewelry by type, or better yet by color.

So for my Mom’s jewelry I put different items in a bag by color. So basically I had sets in a bag. For example I would do earrings, bracelet and a necklace in one bag of the same color. This made it easy for my Mom to grab what she needed when getting ready for church. It was all color coordinated and she didn’t have to go digging around.

For my daughter I used the cute Disney sandwich bags and organized her jewelry by type. So I put all of the bracelets together, all of the rings together and all of the necklaces together.

Jewelry organization doesn’t have to be hard. Sandwich bags don’t cost a whole lot and one box will give you plenty to use for you or your loved ones collection. I hope this helps you get your jewelry organized quickly and without hassle!

Finding “Me Time” in Your Busy Life – Tip#2

Finding “Me Time” in Your Busy Life – Tip#2

Today I want to share with you tip 2 of 7 for finding “me time” in your busy life. It is so hard sometimes with all that is going on in our lives to carve out time for ourselves. Especially if you have kids. But you can find time for yourself and for the next 7 days I am going to share with you how. Listen in to today’s 2nd tip.

 

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Finding “Me Time” in Your Busy Life – Tip#1

Finding “Me Time” in Your Busy Life – Tip#1

Today I want to share with you 1 of 7 tips for finding “me time” in your busy life. It is so hard sometimes with all that is going on in our lives to carve out time for ourselves. Especially if you have kids. But you can find time for yourself and for the next 7 days I am going to share with you how. Listen in to today’s 1st tip.

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