Finding a Healthy Way to Relieve Stress

StressReliefIt’s been awhile since I last posted. In fact, aside from doing my Bible study, it’s been two weeks since I wrote anything other than a grocery list and some thank you notes. There’s a little thing called a baby that has really rocked my family’s world, and writing has been one of the many activities — like bathing, sleeping, and exercising — that has fallen to the wayside.

But writing is my stress-reliever, and lately, I’ve been quite a bit stressed out. Being at home all day and homeschooling 4 kids under 6, is there any wonder why?

At CBS (Community Bible study) today, our teaching director shared how doing repetitive activities like quilting, beading, or knitting releases seratonin, happy hormones that help you relax and unwind. Unfortunately, I am not skilled in any of those handicrafts. However, I do find a sense of calm when I write.

I’m not sure that there’s anything repetitive about writing, but allowing my brain to dump out the thoughts and feelings I’ve been experiencing is cathartic. It’s a feeling akin to nursing my newborn: relaxed, at peace, and as if I could fall asleep for a long winter’s nap.

There’s something to be said for having a hobby or activity that allows for self-expression and stress-relief while also giving you a sense of accomplishment. Writing does that for me. It’s my outlet. Maybe your outlet is gardening or painting. Perhaps scrapbooking, photography, or pottery relaxes you. Whatever it is, finding a healthy way to relieve stress is important.

Sure I may not get a bath every day or sleep 6 hours in a row right now, but I’m going to try to make writing more of a priority because of how good it makes me feel.

Do you have a hobby or creative outlet? What do you do to relieve stress?

Next month I’m planning to join the nester and write for 31 days. Wanna know my topic? Surviving and thriving with a newborn. I think I have a little experience with that 🙂 I hope you’ll join me beginning October 1st as I commit to write (and relieve stress in a healthy way).

Blessings to you,


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  1. I like to knit, crochet and embroidery to relieve the stress of chronic illness.


  2. I’m looking forward to your post especially with baby no. 2 on the way and homeschooling my preschooler!
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