I am trying to keep us talking here. So, what do you do to stay in shape/relieve stress/keep your sanity as a parent?
I am a Zumba instructor. Zumba is my antidepressant. Up until this year, I worked out at least 4 days a week, even when my girls were newborns. This year, I gave up two of my classes because it was not worth my time. However, I still have not found the right schedule to fit in enough workout time. So, I find myself struggling with stress and feeling tired easier because I am not active enough. DH and I are working on fixing this because he likes me when I am less stressed and well rested.
I drink one cup of coffee a day. I am trying to wean myself to decaf, but it is my little pleasure in the morning on my way to work.
I try to ocassionally lock myself in the bathroom and take a bubble bath.
On Sundays, I try to lay down while the girls are napping and read a book. Sometimes I read with Isaiah and sometimes I get to read a book to myself. I also nap every once in a while.
When I get stressed, I eat. This does not go well with the only workout twice a week thing I have going on. I have been eating my weight or more in cookies, brownies, cake, donuts, etc. It has gotten bad. This is a very BAD coping strategy. BAD!!!
I play silly games like facebook games, or words with friends, scramble with friends, etc. I like to read, but reading in 2 minute snippets is not always fun. I love to do crafty things, but it is often hard to justify the time put into it when my house is a wreck.
At night when all four kids are in bed I often find something to watch on Netflix, no interruptions.
Rachel, momma to 4
dd 9, ds 7, twin boys Dec 09
I nursed my twins for 2years and 2 weeks! A little sad to be all done now.
I love coffee in the morning but I don't make it as good as tim Hortons so I usually have to wait till the afternoon when DH comes home to get one. I also love a super hot bath with a glass of wine (which usually doesn't happen until babes are in bed). I love to read and I try to read one chapter a night before bed. I just finished the hunger games, excellent series. And on lazy Sunday's we'll rent a family movie and DD1 and I will snuggle in my bed and watch it.
I currently don't do anything. I haven't found time since the twins but I have came to the realization that I need to make time for something. I am going down hill in a hurry. The problem is I already feel guilty about not having enough time for them so I dont' want to give up any time I spend with them, I can't give up any time at work - I already work significantly less than I used to before babies, the only time I have to give up is sleep time. I am just so tired at the end of the night though, nothing sounds good but bed. I know if I would just find some time to excersize I would have more energy, so I am debating starting to stay up for that. I already get up at 4:30am, so I can't get up much earlier. I could move up to 4am but I am not going any earlier than that.
Well, I'm slowly going more insane as the days pass I think! lol
Right now I am on a good dose of antidepressants. I don't think I could make it through the day without them! I try to exercise but after the twins go to bed, I am just so exhausted. I usually just watch TV or read. If I've had an especially hard day, I sometimes just go to bed with the twins around 7. I don't de-stress a lot, which is probably why I'm so wound up a lot.
I'm trying for the life of me to get a serger so I have something to occupy my time and create a second source of income, (thus reducing stress a bit!) but do you think I can find one? :P
Sanity? What's that?
This is the wrong question for me this week as the twins have upper respiratory infections and ear infections with very little sleep and to top it of my Gma had a heart attack to which the hospital called the family in last night. So very little sleep this week! They're all seeming to get better now, no neb treatments anymore for the twins and Gma is breathing on her own and now only dealing with an infection, phew! Sooooo, my mind numbing habits would be to check FB, preg.org., pinterest, making jewelry, reading, watch documentaries or independent movies on netflix, watch a couple reality shows, and do crafts with the kids since they're currently all staying put during projects. My closest friends and I try to connect a minimum of once a week even if for an hour. I also sleep in when DH is ok with it, especially when my typical day consists normally of 5 hrs of sleep. I am so not a morning person but am very much a night person!
DD Twins: 8/4/09 @ 35 Wks - No NICU, woot!