Oh, the places you'll go - to get some "me" time, that is. In honor of National Stress Awareness Day, REDBOOK readers confess all.
"I look into the mirror and give myself my best and sweetest smile. As I do that, I tell myself that this is a so-much-better version of my face - and it involves all my facial muscles!" - Ivy C.
"I go to school online, so my kids think I'm studying when I take my laptop into my closet and put a sign on the door that says 'Please do not disturb - Mom is studying!' Nope; I'm really on Facebook." - Kim S.
It's about that walk
"When I'm at work, I take a 15-minute break and walk around outside. If it's too cold, I go into the boardroom and walk around there. It refreshes me, clears my head, and gets my creative juices flowing." - Jonnie B.
Early morning alone time
"Sometimes I wake up at three for a guaranteed uninterrupted hour to paint my nails, watch TV, read, and listen to music." - Cynthia R.
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Burn the midnight oil
"I stay late at work. Not to work, but to get the things done I couldn't otherwise accomplish." - Amanda S.
Everything in order
"I organize things to relax, often my cosmetics or pantry." - Kathy K.B.
"I put on some Bruno Mars and start dancing!" - Alondra S.
Full of hot air
"When I was in the military I used to take a plastic bag into the bathroom with me, blow air into the bag - making a pillow - and find a stall to fall asleep in. Male drill sergeants aren't allowed in the female latrine without announcing themselves, so by the time they called out, I was already letting the air out of my makeshift pillow and pretending to have a bad case of diarrhea. They left me alone every time." - Angela F.
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"Sometimes, as much as I hate to admit it, I just need a couple of hours of some bad reality TV. Because no matter how stressed I am or how bad I look, at least the whole world doesn't get to see it!" - Melissa S.
Give them the runaround
"My tactics for destressing are:
1. Hiding in the bathroom with a glass of Riesling.
2. Telling my hubby that I'm running to the corner store and asking him to watch the kids - then heading to the gym for a half-hour run instead.
3. Announcing I'm going to the gym, but instead heading to Starbucks with my laptop to get some blogging (and caffeinating) done instead." - Danielle Faust, OKDani.com
Early morning dip
"As a working mom of two very young children, the only way I get some me-time is by waking up at five to hit the swimming pool." - Mariana A.M.
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Rub a dub dub
"When my son was a newborn, I started getting in the tub with him just to sneak in some bubble bath time." - Angela G.
My version of a spa day
"I'm the mother of three very active children, and I work full-time in public relations, so I go to great lengths to destress. I've been known to tell my family I'm hopping in the shower, then sneaking up to the bathroom with a cup of tea. I also never realized how 'relaxing' a solo trip to the dentist could be until I recently fell asleep while having my teeth cleaned. Apparently it's the equivalent of a spa day!" - Mona S.
Extreme water sports
"As a business and real estate attorney, I have had some really stressful periods at work. After these periods, I've gone whitewater rafting or taken kayaking trips to relax. I've also found that bumper boats and broom hockey provide an excellent release!" - Nina B. Ries, principal of Ries Law Group
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