We asked the Aunt-bassadors, those fierce, fearless women of all ages who make up our advisory board, to share their favorite coping mechanisms for when life gets too crazy. They had some awesome suggestions for keeping your shit together or at least pretending you are.
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Sherri: Sometimes a good, long cry helps me just get it all out to let the good back in.
Maree: I give myself one, really good, deep, blubbering cry. A “someone must have just died” kind of cry. Where my makeup goes all Tammy Faye. Then I take a long, hot bubble bath or shower, and come up with a more solid plan.
Audrey: And throwing a good old-fashioned hissy fit never hurt anyone!
Karin: Swim! (forced rhythmic breathing, water is like an all over massage, usually too tired after to do anything but sleep soundly)
MJ: Exercise, hanging out with good friends, and going salsa dancing. Had a terrible day and just got back from 4 hours of dancing, and now my world is shiny and rosy again.
Meghan: Watching The Office and going on a hike! Not just a walk around the block. I need to hike somewhere where I feel cut off from civilization.
Susan: I love going for long walks and listening to a podcast or audiobook as I go.
Mary: There have been days that have been exhaustingly overwhelming, that’s when I turn to my love of running for a speedy stress release. There is nothing quite like a long run listening to my favorite 80’s tunes, that takes away my stress almost instantaneously.
Jennifer: I always feel better after working out, but usually I like some time to myself to get lost in a good book or watch a silly show like Mindy Kaling. Also “Love Actually” is my go-to movie, and I usually want to snack on cheese and crackers!
Amy: Long hot showers, pajamas, and Netflix. I had one of those days and I just locked myself in bed for two hours with Netflix (Gilmore Girls) and I feel much better. Also: List making. Heated eye masks
Mary: A long hot detox bath with a glass of wine always helps.
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Becci: Meditation. Every morning. It has become my go to strategy for calm.
Audrey: I always resort to humor. If I can find something funny in a situation and get myself and others laughing about it, I know I’ll be fine. And I’m here to tell you, I’ve found some humor (whether appropriate or not) during some pretty dark times. Having a good sense of humor has saved me more times than I can count.
Liv: Shopping. I can remember what was going on in my life at the time of purchase for each item.
Rebekah: Put one foot in front of the other! definitely go back to basics, do what I can deal with quickly first so I can get it out of my life. But as far as mentally dealing, I’d have to say that I just remember how small and insignificant any of this really is in the scheme of the multiverse
Jessica: Spending time with friends is one of my go-to coping mechanisms. The love, support, and joy of friendship makes life seem so much less scary. Gardening is one of my favorite ways to de-stress too. I love tilling the earth, delicately planting, and the reward of slowly seeing plants come to life. Also wine. Always wine. 👩❤️👩 👩🏼🌾
See don’t you feel better already?
What about you? What are your go-to coping mechanisms? What did we do before Netflix?