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The 20 Best Ways to Deal with Stress

What are the best ways to deal with stress in the face of a big challenge like being quarantined?

We empower ourselves, unvictimize ourselves, and double down on the things that we do control. 

Effective Ways to Deal with Stress are Within your Reach

Watch: 20 Effective Ways to Deal with Stress 


Ways of Coping with Stress When Life Feels Out of Control

Are there ways of coping with stress when you can’t control what’s happening around you? You already know you don’t control so much of what’s going on right now. 

You can’t control:

  • What’s in the news
  • The direction of the curve
  • How other people behave
  • How the virus behaves

…But there is also so much that you do control. Instead of focusing on the loss of control and the uncertainty, we can actually focus on a sense of powerful creativity.

Powerlessness and helplessness are a sure path to depression and anxiety. Instead of letting ourselves roll into victimhood, let’s pull that back, learn how to relieve stress, and get creative!

How to Cope with Coronavirus Concerns

We can learn how to cope with Coronavirus anxiety by focusing on this one question.

 What do you control? So much!

You can control:

  • What you want to focus your attention on
  • What kind of media you want to consume
  • What you spend your time on in your home
  • How you arrange your home
  • What you’re doing all day
  • Your activities
  • Your words
  • Even your thoughts!

If you don’t want to feel like a victim and you’re ready to unvictimize yourself and empower yourself, then you’ve got to make choices within your control. Seize that control, and double down on it.

Ways of Coping with Hard Times

There are so many ways of coping with hard times. So ask yourself today, what do I control?

  • What can I do with our schedule that would serve us better?
  • What can I do in my home? Can I set up a movement zone or messy zone to help my children play independently?
  • Can I make a great flow for our day?
  • Can I show up with a smile?
  • Can I move my body?
  • Can I make the food that we enjoy eating?
  • Can I play music?
  • Can I light a candle?
  • Are there things I can do to make my life easier?
  • Can I say no to certain commitments, certain phone calls, or certain Zoom classes that aren’t serving us?
  • Can I say no to certain household chores? Can I accept it will be a bit dirtier around here, or that we’re going to do less laundry and fancy meals?

Think – what do you control? And take control over that. It’s creative work to unvictimize ourselves, feel powerful, reduce stress, and create a life that we enjoy with what we’ve got right now!

How to Deal with Stress at Home: Kids, Marriage, Work & Housework

I want to share a bonus tip to help you learn how to deal with stress at home.  Hand on my heart, the way to less stress is by joining Present Play.

Present Play is like help knocking at your door. It is a support for you. It is coaching. It is actionable blueprints that are going to help you to create family bliss, even during this pandemic.

If you’re reading this before May 1st I have to tell you that doors are about to close. We don’t let people in after the deadline. And we get a lot of sad emails after that. So, please, get over to, and sign up immediately to join us. Because inside you’re going to get such actionable coaching, handholding, accountability, and step-by-steps.


One of the things I love about Present Play is that it gives us parents a focus. Many of us feel frazzled, like, “I don’t know what to do! I don’t know how to get a handle on all the things! Sleeping, eating, schedules, homeschooling, sibling rivalries, screen addiction, independent play… it’s just too much to tackle all at once.”

What we do in Present Play is pace you so that you get actionable, measurable results each and every month. Can you imagine the compound effect of you making actionable changes month, after month, after month, after month??? By the end of the year you’d think, “This home and my parenting are unrecognizable!”

Our Mental Health is a Priority

Part of being a Present Player is about unvictimizing ourselves and prioritizing our mental health. It’s a core part of our mentality in Present Play. We make a lot of space for feelings. You can feel raw, vulnerable, sadness, and grief. And then we also help you move into becoming creative over the things you do control.

It’s about adjusting your mindset to this new reality. It’s making lemonade out of lemons. It’s figuring it out.

Manage Anxiety, Depression, and Overwhelm Like a BOSS

Being a Present Player means that you manage your anxiety, depression and overwhelm like the CEO you are; you’re a leader of your family. You’re not just a #victimom who’s just passively taking anything the kids or life throws your way. You’re actively stepping up and saying, “I have a vision for how I want family life to feel. And I’m going to take steps to make it real.”

Being a Present Player means that we’re very solution-oriented; we look for wins. We’re not into comparison, we’re not into competition. We very much believe that everybody is doing the best they can with what they’ve got. We’re not into dogmatic one-size-fits-all parenting styles. And we are a judgment-free zone, which means that people show up as they are.

Reduce Stress With the Support of a Global Village

One of the things I love about Present Play is the diversity and inclusivity of this community. We have people from over 60 different countries! We have thousands of members from all over the world and from every walk of life. Every type of family structure – from single moms to big families, homeschoolers, public schoolers, and all the things in-between.

We are united by two simple things.

  1. We are all there to create family bliss.
  2. We are all there because we see the value of play, and we want to prioritize it and encourage independent play in our children.

So, as you can imagine, being a Present Player is a pretty darn uncommon type of individual. These are some of the most incredible people I have ever met.

Present Play encourages me to be my best self. To show up to my life, not as a victim, but as a creator. Not continuing on as a consumer who keeps listening to more podcasts, reading more books, and never doing the things that I want to do in my life. But as a parent who creates the results I want.

Help is Knocking at Your Door

Listen, if you feel like you wish help would just show up at your door, this is the universe offering you help. I mean that with all sincerity, it will help. I know that because of the thousands of messages that we receive from Present Players who have said this.

“I would not have made it through this lockdown with my children if it wasn’t for Present Play. I would have been broken by this. I would have been so frustrated, and upset, and depressed. However, because of the tools that I’ve got from Present Play I feel like I am built for this. I feel like not only can handle it, but I can shine… I can rock it! And, of course I have bad days too, everybody does. But, overall, I feel like this has made me stronger.”

Now, that is the opposite of a victim mentality. That is someone who sees that


The pain might be inevitable, but the suffering is optional.

Present Play is the Best Way to Deal with Stress

This is my biggest warmest invitation to you to join Present Play before it is too late when the doors close May 1st 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. We won’t be opening again for another year, when the price will be higher. Lock in your price today and get all of the benefits that you can get right now, this year, starting today. Hand on my heart,  when you’re feeling overwhelmed, gifting yourself Present Play is the best way to deal with stress.

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My view while I get some ish done. ⁣

Toddlers can be clingy, whiny, and annoying sometimes... but one thing's for sure: toddlers are designed to play. ⁣

The trick is... supporting their current stage and phase of play. ⁣

Parents are notorious for feeling dumbfounded when their 18-month-old doesn't play with ANY of their toys. "You have all these cool toys, why won't you play with them!?" Can you relate? ⁣

That's because, oftentimes, toddlers aren't engaging in make-believe (imagining scenes, building worlds) - but exploring their own world. ⁣

🌈 That's where sensory play comes in (think: dry beans or shaving cream in the bathtub)... ⁣
🌈 Developmental schemas (think: throwing objects or spinning dizzy)... ⁣
🌈 Moving to music (think: dancing or putting on a drum concert)... ⁣
🌈 Dressing up (think: trying on your shoes or transforming into a bear)... ⁣
🌈 Real-life pretend play (think: anything in your kitchen cabinets or nailing trim nails into corkboard). ⁣

Play may look different for a toddler than for an older child busy with Lego - but they can totally rock at it if we find ways to support their stages and phases of exploring their world, developing their fine and gross motor skills, and just being the little scientists that they are. ⁣

Just like they were compelled to crawl (in their good time), they are compelled, wired, and designed to PLAY.⁣
★ What's keeping your toddler busy? ⁣
Psst... Have you watched my new YouTube video about this? I'd love to hear your feedback! ⁣
#toddlerplay #independentplay #schemas #playmatters #childhoodunplugged #playisimportant #toddleractivites #peacefulparenting #intentionalmotherhood #simplicityparenting #mindfulparenting #toddleractivities #workingfromhome #getishdone #momof5 #momoftoddlers #momoftoddler #learningthroughplay

Are you stuck at home (still?) with a to-do list longer than the Great Wall of China and a toddler running circles around your feet? Trying to get stuff done with a toddler in tow is like slamming on the accelerator with the handbrake on... you end up spending a ton of energy, without getting anything done.⁣

Enter: Independent Play⁣

If we've hung out for any length of time, you know I’m a sucker for all things #independentlyplay. ⁣

In fact, not to toot my own horn, but it’s kind of what I’m famous for (if you call having more than 3 followers on Instagram famous😉). ⁣

Anyhoo - thanks to 5 awesome hacks I’ve picked up along the way I am managing to get some *ish* done while my 2.5-year-old occupies himself... and I want that for you too!⁣

With the #ReclaimPlay Challenge coming up and Present Play opening soon, boy! my team and I are hard at work cookin' up some amazing goodies for you. In other words, I am using these hacks like my business depends on it right now. Literally⁣

You'll want to head to the link in my bio @parentingjunkie to watch the FULL 12-minute VIDEO (or listen to it on the podcast 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 you get ish done), but here's the bullet point version:⁣

5 Ways to Occupy Your Toddler (while you get ish done)⁣
1. Sensory Play⁣
2. Movement⁣
3. Music⁣
4. Dress Up ⁣
5. Real-Life Pretend Play⁣

💬 If your child was occupied (screen-free) for 30 minutes... 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙙𝙤?⁣

Read a book? ⁣
Make some protein balls?⁣
Write that blog post you've been meaning to since last month?⁣

Tell me more in the comments below and tag someone you know who has a toddler at home!⁣
#toddleractivities #kidsactivities #invitationtoplay #independentplay #toddlerplay #momlife #workingfromhomemom #momof5 #momof5motivation #screenfree #screenfreeactivities #whilemommyworks #toddlerplayideas

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