Thank you to Febreze ONE for sponsoring this post. I was compensated for my time, but the product review reflect my own opinion.
Being a mother of two littles so close in age is obviously a bit stressful, and becoming a single mum while doing it has added a liiiiiittle more stress to the mix. I wouldn't say I am a pro at dealing with it by ANY means, but I am learning, taking it day by day, and doing what I can.
No matter what kind - or degree - of stress is going on, I think it's incredibly important to acknowledge it - and find simple ways to handle it. Stress has a HUGE impact on our health, and overall well-being, and it can wreak havoc on our system if we don't find healthy ways to address it.
5 WAYS I DEAL WITH STRESS
ENVIRONMENT: One of the biggest things that adds to, or takes away from, my stress is my environment. If there are piles of laundry to put away, toys everywhere, etc., my stress level increases by like 100%. There's not a whole lot I can do about the toy situation, because Piper is a messy tornado, but keeping things as clean as possible makes me feel like I somewhat have my life together.
Febreze sent me their newest product, Febreze ONE Fabric & Air Mist, that is free of aerosols, dyes, and heavy perfumes, and I've been spraying it around the house daily. Having a clean and fresh smelling environment helps so much with stress and brings me a "ONE state of mind". Febreze ONE doesn't have that overpowering "fake" smell that a lot of air fresheners have (and that leave me with a headache, honestly). Having a nice smelling environment seems so simple, but it has made a massive difference for me. My favourite is the bamboo scent because it leaves a light, simple freshness, and bamboo is actually known to help people feel calm. Sign me up!
MOVEMENT: It's only obvious that I'd include this one, but it has been a huge help. I don't have any postpartum goals like I did after having Piper, because I'm in a different stage in life now. Instead, I tune into my body every day, and figure out what it wants and what will help me feel the best. Sometimes it will be a hard, sweaty workout, but most of the time it's a long walk outside, or an easy run, or even just some stretching. Often my body just wants rest - and I respect that. Sometimes exercise can be the BEST stress reliever, but other times it can add to stress and make the situation worse. Checking in with myself every day helps me figure out what my body needs.
JOURNALING: I used to be an avid journal writer, which is probably why I like blogging. I actually haven't done it as much since having Piper, but my therapist got me started on writing in a journal every day now. It helps me get my thoughts out on paper, acknowledge how I am feeling, and address my emotions. While it hasn't taken away any stress, it helps me deal with it in a healthy way.
NOURISHMENT: Another no-brainer, but this one is huge. It's no secret that there's a huge link between nutrition and stress. We can't often change the amount of stress we're facing, BUT we can choose what we put into our bodies - which can either help, or make the situation worse. Sure there are days I don't have much of an appetite, or there are days all I want is chocolate and ice cream, but for the most part, I try fueling my body up with tons of nutrients because it makes me FEEL good.
RELAXATION: The last thing that has helped me deal with stress in a healthy way, is doing something relaxing every day. Having two little ones makes this a quite challenging, but I often take just 5 minutes during nap time, spray some Febreze ONE to set the mood (I'm not just saying that, I really do), put some calming music on, and just clear my head. It helps me check in with myself and let go of the stress and negativity that's circling through my head.
Febreze is letting me giveaway a bottle of Febreze ONE Fabric & Mist to TWO people. Super simple and basic to enter - just comment below!