Ever since having kids, I’ve had moments of feeling like I’m drowning in an avalanche of stuff, buried under a mountain of stuffed animals unable to breathe. Let’s face it, whether it’s the mountains of gifts your kids get from well-meaning relatives and friends, the “necessary” items you purchase for them or the rock they found on your walk they just can’t seem to part with, having kids means having stuff. Read more
“Oh my God, Rachel, you’re crazy!”
“How is your house always so clean?”
“You must spend all your time cleaning with four kids!”
“I could never do what you do!”
“Relax! Take a little time for yourself. You don’t have to clean all the time.”
From the outside, I must look a little OCD, but the truth is I just have a manageable routine which I stick to. I am NOT cleaning all the time, and I have plenty of time to enjoy life. Would you like to know how?
When I was growing up, the term holiday stress did not exist in my vocabulary. Christmas was fun, joyful, a time to see my entire family, (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents) and of course, get presents. And back then, it was easy to be with family during the holidays because everyone lived nearby.
It’s that time of year again…the kids are in school, the air is fresh and invigorating, the leaves on the trees are just beginning to change color, pumpkin spiced everything is invading the stores, and autumn is officially upon us. I love all things fall from fuzzy sweaters and hot bowls of chili to the sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet on a cool morning run. As I happily wave goodbye to the humidity and the mosquitoes, I look forward to the upcoming holiday season from Halloween to New Year’s Eve. Fall, for me, is a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year, which means it is also time for me to order my new day planner.
“I have kids, a house, a husband, a job…how can I EVER be stress-free??”
Living a stress-free life is not like trying to sneeze with your eyes open or lick your elbow. Though it may feel impossible when you have so many responsibilities, it is not. Being stress-free does not mean you will never encounter a stressful situation. It simply means you will have the tools to take each stressful moment in stride.
There are many things which contribute to your ability to deal with stress in a positive way. Getting adequate sleep, eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, meditating and journaling are just a few of these. I believe when you live your life with a plan, you can meet difficulties head-on.
When I say, “Helping busy moms live a healthy, stress-free life,” I am promising to give you the tools to deal with stress in your life in a healthy, productive way. I want to teach other moms to control stressful situations instead of letting them control you.