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:
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.
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!
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.
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?