De-stress Your Life in 31 Days!

hot water It takes 30 (or 31) days to form a  good habit … or undo a bad one.

Like Lent, but shorter.

This month, the topic is “pressure” (or “stress,” depending on your POV). Why not join me? If you have a favorite that I haven’t mentioned here, feel free to weigh in. We all need a little less stress in our lives!

Day 1-4: Organize your world.

Day 5: Celebrate your friendships.

Day 6: Appreciate your ability to cope.

Day 7: Be thankful.

Day 8: Choose contentment.

Day 9: Decide to laugh.

Day 10: Entertain angels.

Day 11: Forgive the unforgiving.

Day 12: Get silly.

Day 13: Help someone.

Day 14: Jiggle a little.

Day 15: Kiss Me!

Day 16: Live and let live.

Day 17: Mindfulness.

Day 18: Need less.

Day 19: Orient toward beauty.

Day 20: Practice patience.

Day 21: Quell your inner nag.

Day 22: Rest.

Day 23: Sense the mysteries.

Day 24: Talk to God.

Day 25: Understand your limitations.

Day 26: Vet your assumptions.

Day 27: Wear something beautiful.

Day 28: X-amine your priorities through your child’s eyes.

Day 29: “Yes” is a powerful word.

Day 30: Zebra Girl.

Day 31: How did it go for you?


  1. These posts have been a blessing to me, Heidi. Thank you! I am working on #s 11, 18, 20, 21, 25 & 27!

    One example, as for knowing my limitations, this is simple and silly, but I finally decided (after a quite disastrous angel food cake a couple weeks ago for M’s 9th birthday) to forgo home baking. I love to cook and excel at it–cooking healthy foods gives me great joy. However, there’s just something about baking that I fail at time and again. So, I let go of needing to conquer this once previously held notion that I’m a failure because I can’t bake anything edible. So what if I pick up baked goods for a party from a local bakery, the grocery, or order them from a baking-genius friend? The time, money, anxiety and stress that I am saving by not trying once again to conquer gourmet sweet treats at home has been a newly found blessing. And, I now have more time to focus on cooking and enjoying time with my loved ones. It’s really a simple change, but one I resisted making for so long because I was more focused on staying the course to become “perfect mom.”

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your thoughts on ways to stress less! Thanks again for sharing.


    1. I’m with you, my friend. When we got the kids, and I picked up my first grocery-store birthday cake, the thought of my mother’s cake decorating skills (and her tips and trivets languishing in my basement storage) made me cringe. But it was a choice between making a cake and getting two consecutive hours of sleep … and my kids needed me alert. Sometimes moms have to make that kind of trade-off!

      Thanks for writing!


  2. What a fabulous series of posts! I struggle with not wanting to outsource things that either stress me out or always turn out badly. But it is such a relief when I hand that over to someone else!


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