Emotional Preparation Is Important for Families When Moving House

It’s a major step to suddenly pick up your entire life and move to some other place, where you and your family have no emotional connection with. This is perhaps the hardest part after all the logistical stuff is over, to suddenly come to terms that you’re a stranger in your new environment. Emotional preparation is important for families when moving house as developing connections in the new, unfamiliar environment of your new home will take time. But, you can try and make your surroundings feel familiar. There’s no reason why your new neighborhood cannot help rebuild some happy, comfortable connections for you, but of course, it will obviously take time and patience.

Moving day will be hectic, it’s vital that you take time, to emotionally say goodbye to the home and living space you have been encompassed with so that you can feel comfortable knowing you and your family are ready to move on. Not so much as a ritual per se, but there should be a set amount of time, you’re able to go over meaningful things and sort of say goodbye before leaving for your new home. This is especially true for your children or elderly parents if they live with you, as memories for seniors make it tough to say farewell. Children tend to have a hard time letting go of close friends or familiar places too, so giving them some quality moments to work through these emotions in a positive way can help the new journey go that much more smoothly.

 

Pets, children and gardens

 

The garden is one of the few places in the home, where you can actually properly stretch and breathe in the fresh air. It’s also where children play, and your pets are allowed to also release some of their energy. As you’re getting prepared to leave the home, have a day to remember the good times in your garden. You could throw a barbecue for all your friends and family, where their children can run around, play with the dog and be happy one last time in your current home. Homes are all about making memories, and the garden is a place for all members of your close circle to come together and enjoy each other’s company before you move. What would be the cherry on the cake, could be to sit in the garden as the sunsets, and enjoy some good food and fellowship with your close family and children, on the night before moving day begins.

 

Spend time packing together

 

When you’re getting ready to move home, packing is going to be the largest part of the task. By booking a slot with professionals movers, you take away very physically taxing part of the endeavor. The teams will come in and package the heaviest and largest appliances, furniture and fittings in your home so that the lighter tasks can be done with care. Reminiscing with your partner and children, while packing clothes, looking at photos and going through the memories is very cleansing for the soul. You might have had some of the best moments in your home; a newborn baby might have grown up to now be old enough to look at photos of them coming home for the first time. Talking about your possessions and the creative times you had in the home before you move, can be a great way to leave behind any baggage.

Leaving the home you’ve lived in for several years and perhaps even decades can be an emotional rollercoaster. It’s difficult not to, but you develop an attachment to the home you live in because it’s where some of the best moments in your life have occurred. Utilizing some of the ideas mentioned above may help ease the transition as you move and look forward to starting a fresh new chapter in your family’s life.

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Review and Giveaway for Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer

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This is part of the Holiday Tweet Fest! Follow along on Twitter at #htfest or follow @Choosingtolive so you don’t miss any of the fun giveaways, freebies, deals and games!

JEREMY CAMP “THE ANSWER”

To say that I was super excited and honored to get to review the latest Jeremy Camp CD called The Answer would be an understatement. In all my years of working as a blogger, I have found myself getting to meet many great music artists in person at various events and sometimes having the privilege to hear their testimony on a personal level. This was the case when I got to hang out with Jeremy Camp many years ago and actually stood beside him while he had me sign autographs (as a humble blogger!) while he signed autographs of his latest album that year. He taught me to use special silver or gold sharpies so they show up on dark colored objects, and shared lots of great tips.

Getting to meet him several times and hearing his music first hand was awesome, but it was his bits of testimony about all God helped him endure during his life that touched me the most. His fire and passion for living was amazing, and his strength of heart was so full that it gave off energy as if he was a light source himself. We all know WHO was creating that light source though, don’t we? It is the love of Jesus that shines brightly through Jeremy Camp and touches people no matter where he goes.

I really hope you’ll take the time to watch a few of these videos and enjoy the blessing of his inspired gift of music that God gave him. His music is a beautiful and harmonious reflection of that great light of Jesus even now in his 2017 album titled: The Answer. Guess what the Answer is about? You got it – Jesus! Once you are on the path to share the love of Christ with all your heart, it’s impossible to stop you! Jeremy knows how to spread the amazing love of Jesus and he has a very special gift of God’s love wrapped up in this awesome new CD for you this year! Don’t miss hearing ALL the terrific songs on his new album THE ANSWER!

Social Corner: Watch some of these song videos of his new album!
Word Of Life Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX2tGgADu0
Word Of Life Song Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGuxZC7Ncn4
The Answer Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQHXJi1EhDM

Ready to buy this great new CD for gift giving this holiday season or for your own listening pleasure? Grab it HERE

Official Hashtag:
#TheAnswer

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer! THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congratulations to our winner: Nicholas W.!!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album The Answer by Jeremy Camp!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
Location: Open to continental US.
Date:Oct 2 to Oct 11 at midnight EST! (Part of our Holiday Tweet Fest!)
How To Enter:
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3. You may get a third entry by commenting on any other recent post on the blog.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

All In! Matthew West CD Review and Giveaway

Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest #htfest with a very special new CD by Matthew West titled: All In! Come check out this amazing album filled with the glorious sounds of God’s blessings on a man touched by God’s gift of music. What a great way to Praise the Lord – with an album declaring you are ALL IN for Jesus! I just love it!

 Ready to face all of life going ALL IN for Jesus and living the life you were always meant to live? What an incredible collection of great songs that both encourage and refresh your spirit as you learn to let go of the cares of this world and trust in God alone. Some of my favorites were All In (of course!) and others like Dream Again, Mercy Is a Song, Broken Things, Becoming Me, and The Beautiful Things We Miss. I really (to be honest) enjoyed the entire album!
My husband likes guitar more where I tend to like the drums and a dance beat or pop style in music. In this album there seems to be more use of drums than some of his others (to my happy surprise!) which gives it a real upbeat flair and some cool keyboard/electronic sound inspirations that always excite my musically oriented son who loves to play keyboard and memorize Matthew Wests songs for playing in church worship on Sundays.
 
Try the new Matthew West Album All In and be inspired!
Matthew’s heart behind the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their
lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?
Social Corner: Watch these great vidoes of some of the new songs!
Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns
All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo
Ready to Buy this new Matthew West CD titled ALL IN? Go here!
HashTag: #ALLIN
 GIVEAWAY TIME!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. The Winner is: Michelle D.!

Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Matthew West CD All In!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album ALL In by Matthew West!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
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Date: Sept 25 to Oct 1 at midnight EST! (Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest with this giveaway!)
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Apply for HOLIDAY TWEET FEST in OCTOBER and November!

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Hurry! This fabulous launch of tantalizing tweets will be going live on October 1st through November 31st sharing high quality products, tasty treats and freebies, irresistible giveaways to enter, and a LIVE Twitter Party showcasing some of the exciting giveaways and special discounts available just for my readers! Have something cool in mind to include in our HOLIDAY TWEET FEST event? Contact Rebecca at love2encourageyou@yahoo.com today and lets get your idea in motion!

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Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is reaching out to help needy families and other local charities this holiday season. Therefore 10% of all proceeds from the sales at Holiday Tweet Fest will be used to purchase items to be a blessing to these families and charities.  Your advertising purchase is appreciated.  Any review items received by Love2EncourageYou are only accepted if they are family friendly and if they match the interests and needs of my family and audience here at Love2EncourageYou. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own. However, I believe everything I share has value in the eyes of my readers. Be safe and healthy this holiday season and count your blessings.

Florida Beach Vacation Within A Budget

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Carrying around heavy beach equipment such as beach chairs, umbrella, and cooler while dealing with whiny, tired kids in wet bathing suits on an hour or more car ride home has never been my idea of relaxing family entertainment. I prefer to choose a Florida beach vacation within a budget with an overnight stay in an affordable hotel and enjoy making a full weekend of it! You would probably agree that getting spoiled enjoying a walk-on style beach hotel, refreshing pool, maybe an air-conditioned arcade, restaurant dining for meals, and other amenities such as mini-golf, shuffle board, playgrounds, and more would be much more relaxing and suitable for positive family memories that the scenario I mentioned earlier.

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Family Friendly Florida Beach Vacation

Where does one go to enjoy a family friendly Florida beach vacation that doesn’t break the bank? One of these affordable hotel gems we recently learned about from my brother and his wife while they were visiting in Florida and stayed in St. Pete’s Beach at the Dolphin Beach Resort. Their hotel room was attractively decorated, pleasantly air-conditioned, and the back sliding door to the room opened right up onto the beach on the Gulf side of Florida.  They had two teenage children with them and my mother also came along. The family as a whole greatly appreciated the first floor accommodations and easy access to the beach and Gulf anytime they wished. Overall my brother and his wife shared they had a marvelous experience and were delighted it was convenient short drive to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL as well both on their way to and from staying at the Dolphin Beach Resort.

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Great For Special Occasions

It was both timely and helpful to have their input as my husband and I were approaching our 24th Wedding Anniversary and were hoping to find something special within our limited budget that would still have the allure of the beach nearby and a relaxing pool to cool off in when we didn’t want to go in the ocean. Both the reasonable price and convenient beach access seemed perfect for a weekend getaway with or without the kids. Knowing our summer is drawing to a close soon, we decided bringing the kids along was probably the best bet even if it ends up having to wait until September for hubby’s birthday. A weekend stay at the Dolphin Hotel is something to consider for your next special occasion!

I’m hoping to bring you some new updates and breath-taking pictures very soon after we enjoy our romantic and family oriented mini stay at the Dolphin Beach Resort in St. Pete’s beach, FL. Keep living life to the fullest and check back with us often on ways to make memories with your family while on a budget.

Go See All Saints in Theaters August 25

Calling all Christian movie lovers! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to get an early glimpse at the newest Christian film to hit theaters soon – All Saints! You will also have the chance to enter to win two tickets to see the film in theaters!!

ALL SAINTS is a refreshing heart-felt faith-based film that all audiences can enjoy. It’s very essence is the heart of God caring for us – His children. He knows our needs, and He listens to our prayers. God provides for our needs and answers those prayers according to His perfect Will. Sometimes God calls us to do things in this world on His behalf that will not only affect our futures and lives, but also the lives of many others. It’s incredible to hear stories like this one in All Saints and learn again and again how amazing our God truly is.

Here’s a general overview of the film All Saints:
-Product category: film
-Title: ALL SAINTS
-Genre: drama
-Rating: PG
-Run time: 1:48:00
-Recommended ages: 10 and up
-Campaign focus: theatrical release
-Release date: 8/25/17
-Studio: Sony AFFIRM (Sony Pictures)
-About: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

I’m very eager to see this full motion picture in theaters! There’s so much going on in this movie All Saints that many people can relate to. Prayer changes things! God hears our prayers and He answers in His timing! When you are looking for answers, get closer to God and listen for what He is trying to tell you. Don’t be so surprised when He actually answers those prayers!

Want to learn more sneak peaks about this exciting film? Check out these cool Behind the Scenes clips!

Other YouTube clips about the movie All Saints you may enjoy:
All Saints: John Corbett Decisions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecr5uwJbZjA
The Pastors of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDADYtgVWog
The Miracles of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLw27W_WuhY

Keep up with all the fun! Share your thoughts about the film on social media and keep learning more from others by using hashtags  #AllSaintsFlyBy

Ready to see the movie? Visit the official film site at http://www.allsaintsmovie.com where you can  buy tickets to see the film, access video or photos, downloads, news, theaters the movie is playing in and much more.

Giveaway Time!

Prize: Enter to win 2 tickets to see the movie All Saints in theaters. (All Fandango codes are only good to use In U.S. movie theaters.)

Location: Open to USA residents only. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Dates: August 14 – August 19th at midnight EST

To Enter: Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what other Christian films you have been inspired by in the past. You may leave a comment ONCE per day. Maximum of 6 entrees.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received two tickets to see the movie All Saints in exchange for sharing about this new film. I was only given the opportunity to view the free behind the scenes clips and trailers before the official release of the movie All Saints in theaters. I only support and encourage my readers to learn about items I feel are of value or interest to their families. 

Nichole Nordeman: Every Mile Mattered – Music CD Review & Giveaway!

It has always been a pleasure to do music reviews for you here at Love2EncourageYou. There are so many great and talented artists in the Christian music industry who create lyrics that just overflow with inspiration and encouragement from the blessings and trials they’ve experienced in life.

Today I have a heart-felt CD from Nichole Nordeman for you to enjoy! It’s titled: Every Mile Mattered

Some of you may have already heard the hit, “SLOW DOWN” on the Christian radio. She includes a new recording of that song on this album.

I’ve found that having the combination of reading God’s Word, prayer, and the sound of God inspired music can be a great combo over a relaxing cup of tea watching the sunrise for your morning devotions. Nichole Nordeman’s cd is both inspiring and calming in many ways. A great CD to listen to when reflecting after devotions and preparing for your day in the morning, or if you’re wanting to unwind after a hard day at work.

Here’s a glimpse at one of my favorite songs on the album: Listen To Your Life

I hope you will find it just as soothing and inspiring as I did! There are so few things in life that I take the time to enjoy amidst the hustle and bustle of caring for kids, cleaning house, work, and reaching out to others, but music has always been a source of peace and calming for me. Trust me when I share that this album is one of those go to albums to accomplish just that. Her gifts have been fine tuned after all these years of multiple albums and I really think Nichole Nordeman has offered us something special with this one!

For those of you who enjoy humor, my hubby was listening to the album with me during my review and when I got to that song, “Listen to Your Life”, he asked me this question: “So is that last song we just heard called, Listen To Your Wife?” I told him YES!!! lol.

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Official website – http://nicholenordeman.com

Purchase the CD here: 

ITunes http://capcmg.me/emm?IQid=b
Spotify:  http://capcmg.me/emm.sp
Amazon: http://capcmg.me/emm.am)

She has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August!! If you’re interested, pre-order here:
http://slowdown-book.com

Stay connected to us by sharing about the CD using the Official Hashtags: #everymilemattered & FlyBy

Check out Nichole’s blog http://nicholenordeman.com and sign up for newsletters!

 GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter to win your own copy of the Nichole Nordeman album: Every Mile Mattered!

Must be 18 yrs or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Open to residents of the Continental USA (lower 48 states).

Dates: August 2nd -August 14th at Noon EST.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

Please see future giveaways listed on the blog including the next big giveaway for two Tickets to the movie All Saints!

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Making A Short Diet A Long Term Gain

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When it comes to losing weight, there are so any routes that we can take. The diet industry is booming right now, and it can be hard to know where to start – just because we are spoiled for choice and have so many options to pick from. But when it comes to really keeping the weight off, what do we need to be doing? What are the diets that we need to consider for the long-run, and not just as a quick fix? And how do we maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst losing weight?

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Keep It Off

When you’re losing weight, a lot of how much you lose is attributed to  what you’re eating and how often you’re eating it. A few treats or snacks here and there add up, especially if you are on a low calorie diet – your body will hold onto these foods more so during this period. Exercise comes into the mix here, as you need to be exerting more calories than you are consuming in order to see progression quickly.

Dieting – For Long Term Goals

Dieting is pretty simple once you know how. A lot of people spend thousands on finding out the secrets, when it’s just basic maths – the less you consume, the less that you will weigh. The one problem that most have when dieting is that, if embarking on a low-calorie diet that requires them to take a week off to let their body recover, they think that they are entitled to eat whatever they like. Dieting doesn’t work like that; it’s a constant process that will need adhering to to get the results that you want to achieve. If you get bored with what you are doing, you only need to do a quick search online to look for alternatives; The Military Diet has substitutions found at https://defendyourhealthcare.us/military-diet-substitutions and others are easy enough to find. Don’t be tempted to fall back to old habits when you are dieting – this is a period of forming a new relationship with food.

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Maintain
When you start dieting, it’s a good time to take on other commitments as well – although you shouldn’t be starting everything at once, as it can be quite overwhelming. Putting pressure on yourself to start an exercise regime such as one found at http://miamiherald.typepad.com/worklifebalancingact/2009/12/10-low-cost-low-effort-ways-to-fit-exercise-into-your-work-life-balance.html can seem like a big leap to take, but it’s one that should flow naturally in with what you are doing. There will be a surge of energy that you have once your body starts kicking into gear, and the release of endorphins that you get from doing gentle exercise will only increase this. When following some very low calorie diets, you may find that exercise is restricted for the first couple of weeks, but don’t let this put you off doing this healthy activity at any point in the future; it’s important that you keep on top of your physical fitness through raising your heart rate and making your muscles work as well as getting it to your ideal weight.

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How to Get the Kids Involved With Party Planning

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How to get the kids involved with party planning

Throwing a party can be great fun. Amazing food, glorious decorations and a playlist to kill for – but there’s a lot of work involved! While you might think you can take it all on, sometimes it can be too much for just one person.

Fortunately, one amazing way to reduce the stress of throwing this year’s biggest bash is by getting help – and by help we mean getting the kids involved. They’re free, eager to get involved and, funnily enough, can add a creative spark to your party environment. Here’s three ways they can get involved – give it a shot.

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Baking

All kids love baking. It’s a great way to get the family together, while teaching your young ones basic life skills from an early age. While their baking might not look professional, we’re sure your guests will make allowances for oddly shaped cakes if they’re made by a child.

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You should expect a lot of mess though, and it may take a little more time – but while they’re making weird and wonderful cookies, you could be preparing tasty hors d’oeuvres, side dishes, or other delectable party pastries. Just make sure to keep an eye on the little chefs.

Finally, if you’re planning to top cakes with treats, kids generally have a tendency to eat them first. One way to solve this is by leaving a small bowl of treats on the side for them to pick at. That way you’ll definitely have enough for your cakes. Simple!

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Designing the invitations

From the initial invitations to the theme of the night, kids have such a wild and vivid imagination. Sadly, our whimsical thoughts are usually knocked out of us by a life-draining 9 to 5 job, but kids haven’t experienced the reality of life yet – and so they think everything is fantastic. Use this to your advantage – get them to design the invitations.

The awesome thing is children are much more tech savvy than most of us adults nowadays, and so designing printable birthday invitations – which might be wizardry for anybody over 40 – is, pardon the pun, child’s play. Of course, you’ll have to vet the final product, but you’ll have a good starting position – we’re sure.

Music

Listen – when it comes to music tastes and dance-worthy hits, your children may not trust your judgement to know what’s hot now in their world of interests. Why not save yourself some time and get the kids to create the playlist? Honestly, with the likes of Spotify or Amazon Music out nowadays, there’s no reason why you can’t leave them in front of a tablet for half an hour while you do proper stuff, like, cleaning the house for the big night – they may even add your favorites.

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7 Ways to Take Time Out In a Hectic Day

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Whether we work a 9-to-5, crazy 24-hour shifts, or are a stay-at-home mom, our lives can feel hectic at times. To break this up and keep our sanity, we need to take some time for ourselves occasionally, so here are seven ways to take a few minutes of time for yourself out of a hectic day.

Look Through Your Pictures

Sometimes we only have a few minutes to take for ourselves. Instead of jumping right onto social media, try taking a new photo with your family or friends or flipping through your gallery and change your wallpaper on your phone or computer. Looking through your photos can be a great reminder of what is important to you in the midst of your hectic life.

Read Motivational Quotes

You can find motivational quotes to read for just about any scenario that comes up in your life. If you have just a few seconds to spare throughout the day, you can look for, find, and even write these motivational quotes.

These can help get you through just a regular bad day or something much more traumatic. Either way, reading these can make your hectic day seem just a little bit more manageable.

 

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Exercise

It has been scientifically proven that exercise can release hormones to relieve stress. In addition to the fact that exercise is good for your body in general, especially physically and emotionally, it can also be an excellent way to blow off steam.

Take 30 minutes out of your day to exercise. If that seems too long to fit in anywhere, go for 15 minutes. It will still get the job done, and is a lot better than doing nothing.

Try waking up just 15 minutes early to go for a walk or run around the neighborhood. Stop by the gym on the way home from work before picking the kids up from daycare.

Sometimes fitting in enough time to exercise may seem challenging, especially when you have kids, but even walking around the office on your lunch break will do wonders to alleviate the stress of your hectic day.

Be Creative

Take a few minutes every morning to create something. Write in a journal for five minutes, draw a picture, or play an instrument.

Doing something creative can build a sense of pride, even if no one will ever see it, and relieve some of the anxiety from what you know will be a hectic day. This, in turn, will make the day go smoother, knowing you have already accomplished something for yourself.

Read

Take time out of your hectic day to read something. Read the newspaper or your favorite magazine. Pick up a novel or a new autobiography and dive in.

Read for a few minutes on your lunch break or a few minutes in the morning while drinking your coffee. Not only can reading take your mind to another place where the stresses of everyday life are non-existent, but the most successful people in the world are known to read several books every week.

Take a Warm Shower or Bath

What better way to relax at the end of a hectic day than to wash off all the dirt and grime in a warm shower or bath. The steam works wonders on the clarity of the mind and the warm water loosens tense muscles after a hard day’s work. Try using luxurious soaps or bath bombs to pamper yourself after getting the kids to bed.

 

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Do a puzzle or Play a Game

Most of the tips on this list are fairly solo endeavors, but if you want to unwind from a hectic day while spending time with your family, try pulling a puzzle or game out of the closet. You could order pizza so you don’t have to worry about cooking dinner and just enjoy your family’s company, while challenging each other to a board game or to see who can put together the most pieces of the puzzle first.

All of these are great ways to unwind from out hectic lives, and most of the time, just reconnecting with ourselves and our families are the best ways to do it.

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