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Posted: Monday, Jun. 03, 2013

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Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

I realized this weekend that I don't know how to relax. With all of the stress from my decreasing work hours, the anticipation of finding another job, and our personal concerns, I can't shut my mind off. It doesn't help that I'm the type of person who likes to stay organized and plan ahead. So while I should be letting things happen naturally, I'm constantly thinking ahead and preparing for the future.

In the effort to unwind, I tried a few different tricks this weekend. I indulged in new bath fizzes, picked out movies for a mini-marathon, and even took a quick trip to Target. I won’t deny that I sought comfort at the bottom of a white chocolate cake, too. When all those options didn't work, I tried taking a walk and soaking in the gorgeous weekend weather. I was able to clear my mind for a few minutes, but as soon as I was back indoors, I felt all my worries come rushing back.

Luckily, I have an amazing support system. My husband, my mum, and my best friend are always there to listen when I'm feeling overly stressed. Sometimes, just getting everything off my chest is the best cure. I know that our circumstances will change in the future and that waiting is the hardest part.

So I've recognized that I need to find a way to relax at home. I've been considering yoga for a while but I always struggle to get myself into a new fitness routine. I also need to get outside and enjoy this gorgeous weather more. Not only will being outdoors make me feel better, but I'm confident that Alice will enjoy it too.

What do you do to relax after work and on the weekends? Please share your tips for a little rest and relaxation on our Facebook page, or mine.

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