Whenever I feel like I'm going a mile a minute without a second to breathe, I take a walk. Removing myself from a chaotic situation always makes things seem better. At work, I might go for a short lunchtime stroll around the block (with some window-shopping along the way). If I'm at home, I'll spend 10 minutes outside with our dogs, Missy and Pup Pup. Or I'll call a friend to go on a walk so that I can clear my head, talk through issues and just catch up.
That doesn't mean a loaded-up burger and fries. Traditional "comfort foods" usually flood the body with the kinds of carbohydrates and fat that leave you feeling awful. It's more sensible to eat well-balanced meals that incorporate vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. Your energy level will remain more consistent than if you were reaching for junk food, and your skin will stay healthy and glowing. Plus, you won't have the added anxiety of knowing that you've pigged out.
When I have time, I make my own chicken broth and sip that throughout the day. The broth keeps me relaxed and reminds me of my nana's chicken soup. And when the kids are in bed, there's nothing like a small glass of red wine to curb the edge. Four ouncesno more than thatis perfect.
On nights when I really can't sleep, I grab a pen and jot down every task or concern that's keeping me awakeI call it a "brain dump." Once my thoughts are on paper and not swirling around in my head, they seem much more manageable. And the next morning, I know exactly what I need to do.