Why 6 Kids Doesn't Have to = Stress: Tips for Surviving Daily Life

I have heard all kinds of things from people who have learned that I work full-time from home, run a business, homeschool 6 kids, and work on a small acreage.  

"You're a saint!"

"I don't know how you do it"

"Wow, you're a better person than I am."

And the truth, is, I'm not a better person than anyone, and certainly no saint.  In fact, when I am at my worst, it is usually because I'm stressed.  Just this month, for example, my husband had surgery, and I was on my own dealing with kids, the house, outside, and the business.  This is something that really should stress me out -- and it did.  But I have learned over the years that outside stressors do not have to determine how I behave or what kind of day I'm going to have.

Things that I have found to work very well include:

Exercise. If I can fit in just a little time doing low-impact cardio or to take a walk across our property, I find that I can come back refreshed and new into the worst situations.
Sleep.  I'll probably never get more than 7 hours at night (due to waking children and pets), but I can catch a nap here and there.  Even resting my eyes for just 15 minutes in a dark room during any point in my day is a much-needed reprieve and is so relaxing. (And if I can't sneak off to a nap on my own, I can always lay down with the little ones.)

Indulge.  Foods that make me happy and help reduce stress are probably different than for other people.  I love fish, starchy sides, and the small sliver of chocolate.  Don't judge.
Laughter.  Have you ever actually watched 5 boys under the age of 11 play?  It's a hoot.  And it always relieves my stress.  Don't have a pile of kids to amuse yourself with?  Catch up on an episode of your favorite comedy.
Memories.  It's very hard to stress over things when you realize just how little time you have to enjoy life.  Going into the Wayback machine via old blog posts when my oldest kids were tiny is the most effective way for me to stop whining, start living, and keep breathing through anything I encounter.

Try new things.  You never know what will work until you try it.  That's why giving RESCUE Pastilles a shot was one of my better ideas.  The gummy little capsules are full of ingredients I've always known and trusted to get me through the more stressful days.

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We all can get in the weeds from time to time, and that's OK. Are you having "one of those days"?  What have you found to work for you when life gets to be a little stressful?

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.