Stress can be a hard battle to combat, and even harder if you don’t have the skills needed to manage it. I get stressed over small things such as school assignments, work responsibilities, and my health. Ever since I became pregnant I have been stressed a lot more than usual because all I can think about is the well being of my baby, and how everything I do will potentially effect them. While eating healthy and getting enough sleep can determine my stress level, I also like to do a few other things in order to keep my stress at a minimum.
Keeping a night time routine is one thing I do that helps me relax, and lets my body know it is time for sleep. I usually like to take a bath in the evening because the warm water helps me calm down after a long day, and I just feel better climbing into bed clean. There is no better feeling than fresh washed sheets after a nice hot bath/shower! When I take a bath I like to use a bath bomb from lush, and sometimes I will even throw a bath oil bar in there too. Lush makes natural bath products that use different scented oils that are perfect for calming down after a long day. Aside from taking a bath I like to eat dinner right when I get home, which is normally around 7 pm, so that my food has time to digest before I go to sleep. The last thing I try to do is going to bed at the same time each evening, but this can be really hard depending on the night.
I keep a humidifier in my bedroom to help me sleep, but it is a great way to help you relax. I bought my humidifier on Amazon for like $20 and I use lavender oil, tea tree oil, and occasionally peppermint oil. I am a big “scent” person, by this I mean that smells can really affect my mood, so by keeping a humidifier in my bedroom it helps me just be a calmer person overall and honestly I think I sleep better. I even put one in my baby registry to keep in the nursery!
Drinking a lot of water is a sure way to calm me down! I don’t know why I have always felt like taking a few sips of water can help me relax, but its better than taking a deep breath. I always try to drink at least 60 ounces of water a day, because my doctor told me you should aim to drink about half your body weight in ounces of water throughout the day. I keep a cup with me at work that holds about 24 oz. of water, so I just fill it up all day long to ensure I drink enough water. This is harder to do on my days off, but I still try regardless.
Planning out my meals helps me stay organized, and results in less stress for me (especially when it comes to dinner). I can’t tell you how annoyed I get if I forget to plan out a dinner and then I get home and there is nothing to eat. I recently have started becoming “hangry” which is when you get hungry and angry at the same time. So normally when I go grocery shopping for the week I plan out my meals in advance! This is easy to do with a freezer because I can just freeze the meats I’m going to use at the end of the week. I was watching some YouTube videos the other day and this woman was preparing freezer meals for after she has her baby, so she was cooking the full meals and just putting them in the freezer to defrost and eat later on. I think I am going to do this in the next few months, because I know the bigger I get I will definitely want my meals to already be made.
I am not the most organized person in the world, but I find putting in the extra effort can really save me time and energy down the line. I am pretty independent, and usually only have to worry about myself. But with a baby coming into the world I need to change my habits! By keeping a daily/nightly routine and meal prepping for myself I know I will be making progress in preparing for a baby. Of course there is a lot more to do in order to prepare, but that is for another (much longer) post.