Life can get super hectic sometimes - seriously. Especially when you've got a life to lead in the workplace as well as kids to look after as and a relationship to keep healthy. That's just the things we have to do and the things we have and can plan for - other spontaneous life events can rear up for better or for worse. This is just a part of life and will only add to its hectic pace. There isn’t much you can do to stand in the way of the pace of modern family life at work and at home.
The home itself can be super hectic. We go there to escape the outside world and with frantic partners and hyper kids - the inner workings of a family home can be just as hectic as the outside world - on occasion. The home needs to be a place of relaxation, otherwise, it will lose a huge primary use. We need to be able to chill in the home and if we can't? Stress will only build up. You either need to make your home a place where you can escape from the outside world - or you need to find your own escape. Either way - you need to do something to ensure that stress doesn’t take over.
You don't need to be told this, surely - but stress is a killer. We feel stress because of our survival instincts. Stress fills our brain with worry and our body with adrenaline which leads to those anxious and nauseous feelings you may feel when stressed out. It also leads to other short-term woes like headaches and colds. Repeat stress is bad for the body - it's like flooding the engine of the car. Repeat stress can raise the blood pressure of your body, it can lead to stroke and it can cause heart disease as well as bring on a whole heap of other nasty ailments.
So how do you deal with stress? Well, we need to find our escape. A clean home is the first thing we can do and this helps our minds in many ways. A clean and organized environment lends itself well to a peaceful mind. Of course, this involves a fair bit of work which you might not feel like performing, but the results of it are worth it. Once the home is clean and a place we can chill in, we can start to escape easier. Sometimes, just sitting around in the relaxing environment of a clean home is enough. Sometimes, you need a hobby - joining a reading club like paperback swap could help and you can learn more about paperbackswap here. Hobbies are important as they keep the mind busy and productive. Finding your escape is about looking into your own interests and see what relaxes you most.
An escape? It could be sitting around, playing a guitar, reading, cooking or watching the TV - as long as you’re happy and take the time to decompress - anything can be an escape.
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St. Patrick's day is March 17th so its approaching quickly. I have a few ideas on art and food projects that i want to do with the kiddos. Hopefully I will have enough time to complete them and share them with you. This was a super easy one for those little hands. I cut the stripes of colored paper but if you are working with a preschooler or school aged child then they can practice cutting. The two toddler boys here only had to glue the pieces on their piece of paper. EASY, but they enjoyed it! :) It sure has brightened my kitchen with them hanging on the fridge! :) I also talked more about the Promise God gave us with the rainbow since I know that history a whole lot better then the history of the Irish Holiday!
MY MEMORIES SUITE Review and giveaway! (#1 rated scrapbook software) The above is one of the scrap pages I have created. Super easy and super fast. I only took a couple minutes to create a 8 page photo book. I am still going to do some more with adding more embellishments! The below is one I created all from scratch and it only took me about 5 minutes! :) SO EASY! Here is a great video explaining more about the product. There are also tutorials available on youtube.com I am not sure if you are like me but I have spent hours online trying to upload photos to the web to place them into something I was trying to create. THE BIGGEST BONUS to My Memory Suite is the fact that it is downloaded to your computer so you do not have to wait forever for a picture to upload! It made my experience much quicker then other programs I have used online. The scrapbook software was very easy to download on my computer and did not take long to learn how to create. :) One feature t