Here's the Homeschool Post Memoirs theme for this week: "This week I’d like to invite you to share what YOUR “Mom” help is. Some drink coffee, soda, or chia-tea. Others check email or read their favourite blogs. Some talk a walk…. what do you do when you need to clear your head and take a breather?"
One thing I do most every day to keep myself from getting too stressed out is to get up early before the kids and read my Bible, pray, drink some hot chocolate, and if I have time, work on a writing project (poetry, fiction, blogging, whatever project is at hand). And I try to fit in a little exercise each morning. I find I'm much happier and calmer on the days I get up in time to do this.
I also make a little time each evening for other things that are relaxing to me, such as playing word games with friends on Facebook, reading blogs and magazines, watching a TV show I recorded, or a movie. And I always, always read for awhile before bed, and often take a hot bath. Sometimes both at the same time! (I've only lost one book to the tub so far.)
More rarely, I might go out to dinner and a movie with a friend, or leave the kids at my parents house and go shopping by myself, or browse in a bookstore.
If I'm very stressed out, I often clean the house. The illusion of control over my environment, coupled with the physical activity is very refreshing!