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De-Stress With Kids' Activities

Relax Already: Get Juvenile

Now that I'm an adult, I often think back to the days when I was a carefree little girl and the only things I had to worry about were which color dress to wear to school and where to get enough blankets to make a fort. When life's stresses get me down now, I take a cue from my girls and play like a kid. It really helps take my mind off frustrating grownup problems and calms me down so I can better deal with those adult issues. Here are some ideas:

  • Color, draw, paint, or knit. Do something crafty with your hands.
  • Play with your pet.
  • If it's nice out, enjoy the sunshine and the wind in your face with a bike ride. Don't forget your helmet!
  • Swing or play in a park.
  • If there's still snow where you live, go sledding or make a snowman.
  • Join a kickball team.
  • Read a kids' book or other easy read.
  • Play with a child — a good game of foursquare relieves a lot of stress.
  • Turn up some music and dance around the house.
  • Bake something scrumptious.
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