Staying Sane While Crazy Busy

by Lisa on Sunday: May 05, 2013

This has been one of those weeks where I’ve felt like I had no time whatsoever to relax. Between thinking about/planning house stuff, dealing with a very aggressive work deadline, fitting in workouts and trying to keep our home running, it’s been a little on the crazy side. I can usually deal with stress pretty well, but when everything goes crazy at the same time, it can be a little difficult not to go crazy yourself.

Here are some things I do when I’m feeling overwhelmed with life to stay sane:

Video Games
A Link to The Past

I’ve been a fan of video games since I was a little kid, and there’s nothing that takes you away from your own troubles more than throwing on a game and losing yourself in another world. D and I recently downloaded A Link to The Past on the Wii (pic above) and have been playing that for some nostalgia. I love the Link and Mario series, but we also love to throw on newer games like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and variety of others.

Just Dance

Speaking of games – and I’m sure this is not a shock to anyone who’s read my blog for more than a few entries – one of the best stress-relieving games out there is Just Dance. When I’m having a stressful day at work, sometimes I’ll come home for lunch and throw on the game for a little while. I also love that this counts as a workout, and I really get my heart-rate up when playing!

Get Out in Nature

I’m lucky enough to live and work in an area that, while still close enough to the city of Boston, has a quiet, somewhat naturey feel to it. Sometimes I’ll just go for a walk and look at the birds, the geese and whatever other wildlife happens to be out that day. It helps remind me that whatever problem I’m trying to work out on the computer isn’t the end of the world.

Plan A Vacation

There’s nothing like getting away from it all and taking a luxurious vacation, if it’s something you can swing. Last year, D and I went to Disney World and Vegas and each trip was amazing in its own way. The best part is, it’s not just the act of taking the vacation that helps relieve stress, but planning one and knowing it’s on the horizon is a great way to stay motivated during long, seemingly endless work weeks. We’re going to try to go to Disney again this year (it’s our favorite spot), and once things are a little more figured out with the house, we’ll start planning the details.


And there’s nothing wrong at all with sitting back at the end of a long day, throwing on a care-free movie or tv show and having a glass of wine.

How do you keep yourself going when life is stressful? Any big vacations planned for 2013?

7 Responses to “Staying Sane While Crazy Busy”

  1. Kim says:

    Love the way you reduce stress!
    We are going to Florida for a couple of weeks this summer!
    And, my favorite end of day relaxing always involves a glass of wine!!

    • Lisa says:

      I love Florida! And definitely a fan of the wine too 🙂

  2. I usually relax through a run if my stress is school-related, but otherwise I love to watch a good movie or eat a nice dinner with friends or family. Since I’m on an exchange in Europe I get to travel many places for not too much money, but my big trip is to Greece in July! I’m so excited!

  3. Great list! I hope life calms down for you a little bit. I like to go for a easy run to clear my mind and if that doesn’t work, I turn on an episode of “General Hospital” because those characters have WAY more problems than I do, haha!

  4. Meagan says:

    I try and block out an hour to an hour and a half to do whatever I want in the evening before bed when life gets crazy/stressful. That whatever often ends up being watching a recorded TV show, catching up on blogs, or reading a book.

  5. When I’m stressed I like a good solid hug from my man! And a glass of wine helps too!

  6. Getting outside is a big stress relief for me. And planning dream vacations 🙂

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