When I feel stressed, the number one thing I do is target the source of my stress. What is it that's truly bothering me? I find that if I don't find out the source, the negative energy seeps into other aspects of my life. I turn someone unrecognizable snapping at everyone who unknowingly stepped on a land mine.
I make time for me. I set aside time where I can dive into something I love to do. This weekend happened to be leisure reading. I picked up a lot of books for my brother at the local library and one of the books, I wanted to vet before giving it to him to read. He's 13 but I still think there is some things that are inappropriate for him at his age.
Side note: He has a classmate who is watching Game of Thrones and Hannibal. Those are two shows that he hasn't expressed interest in watching nor would I let him. I am watching Hannibal with Jason at the moment though. We're about two episodes behind but we like to watch a few on the weekends on demand. Do you control what your children watch? I know my mom didn't.
How do you control your stress levels?
For me, exercise really helps boost my energy and rein in my emotions. On that note, I plan on getting a few runs this week before we head off to Philadelphia to spend time with Jason's family as, see friends and attend a wedding.
On Saturday, we went to Univeral Studios Orlando for the weekend. We had the Disney World annual pass for a few years but never had the desire to do the same with Universal Studios. The two are just not on the same level as each other. I had visited Universal twice already - once before Harry Potter world and the other after. Since then, I told my brother we'd go when the HP expansion was done (it should be done this summer). Why did we go early this weekend you ask?
My brother's field trip with his school is supposed to be at the parks this year. He really wanted to go with his friends. The group day pass was about 40% of the Florida annual pass so Jason thought we might as well bite the bullet and all get the annual pass.
It's just in time too because this summer the Harry Potter expansion (Diagon Alley) should be completed.
The nice thing about the annual pass (besides not having to pay for parking) is that it gives us something to do on the weekends where we can get a lot of walking done.
We walked at least 5-6 hours straight on Saturday which was my activity for the day. That and staying alive in humid Florida weather.