3 Easy Ways to Reduce Daily Stress

I am always on a journey to relieve stress in my life. From scented candles to exercise to breathing exercises, I feel like I’ve tried just about everything to manage my stress levels while be a working mom and military spouse. While a lot of the things I’ve tried do help and are still things I do often, there are a few small things I’ve been doing recently to try and develop good habits to reduce some day to day stress.

1. Set out your clothes the night before.

Starting out the day running late is the easiest way to begin your day on a stressful note! I did not realize how much time I was wasting in the mornings by either staring at my closet wondering what I should wear, or running up and down the stairs from 2nd floor bedroom to basement laundry room searching for that one article of clothing to complete an outfit! Or even worse, getting 95% dressed and realizing that one essential outfit piece is dirty! Gah! For the last couple of weeks I have been laying out my outfit, even down to my shoes and sometimes jewelry the night before, that way the only time I need for getting dressed is the time it takes to literally put my clothes on!

2. Keep a To Do list.

For me a lot of stress comes from knowing I have a lot to do but feeling like I don’t have a good plan on how to get it done. Whether I’m at work or have the day off, I get easily overwhelmed if I feel like I have too much to do but am unable to prioritize it in my head. If I make a list, then I can see clearly all the things I need to get accomplished and prioritize them more easily. Using highlighters and pretty colors help too. 😉

3. Eliminate Negativity

Recently I deleted Facebook & Facebook Messenger from my phone. I was so guilty of constantly checking to see what drama was going on during the day and I didn’t realize until recently how much stress it was causing! With all of the political battles, family arguing, etc, I just couldn’t take it anymore! I do still use Facebook, but it is conscious and not so constant as it was when I had the apps on my phone. If there’s something in your day to day life that’s causing a lot of negativity/stress in your life, try to get rid of it!


Obviously doing these things isn’t going to totally relieve all of your stress, but I can tell you it does go a long way to help the days be a little more pleasant and allow you to get a little more joy out of them!

Do you have any tricks to keeping stress away?

2017 YNP, GTNP, GNP, & TRNP Road Trip: Part I

This was a road trip several years in the making. I don’t remember exactly when the idea came to us, but I do know that we’ve been talking about it for at least 3 years since our last major road trip. Maybe even before then. I have no idea what drew my husband to Yellowstone, but he was desperate to go. As the trip got closer, we did more research and found out that Grand Teton National Park was super close by and Glacier National Park was only 6.5 hours away (and if we did it right, we could swing by Theodore Roosevelt National Park on the way home). 😉 So from that small Yellowstone dream came another road trip of a lifetime.

Day 1

Omaha, NE to Rawlins, WY

Ideally we would have left really early in the morning but because I had to work we weren’t able to leave until almost 2 o’clock in the afternoon. I’m going to be totally honest, I was absolutely dreading the drive on Interstate 80 across western Nebraska. We’ve made this drive at least twice before and have also seen it by train. And let me tell you, there is not that much in western Nebraska to keep this drive exciting (at least not along the interstate). However, if we wanted to get to the other side, we needed to suck it up and just start driving. So drive we did, for about 10 hours.

This first leg was thankfully pretty uneventful. We had one near disaster with a very full diaper that we caught just in the nick of time, and had a couple moments where we thought we had left a couple important things behind, but alas, we found them!

We finally got to the Econolodge in Rawlins, Wyoming which was pretty mediocre even by mediocre standards. The front desk was less than friendly, the room was shabby, and breakfast the next morning was…well, it was free is what it was. But can you really complain for $73 for three people to sleep, shower, and eat free breakfast? No, we can’t. 🙂

Sunset in Western Nebraska
Sunset in Western Nebraska

Day 2

Rawlins, WY to Grant Village Campground, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Good Morning Wyoming!

I was so excited for this day of driving because we “only” had 6 (and a half) hours ahead of us and we would finally get to a National Park! We were actually going to see two National Parks because we planned to actually drive through Grand Teton National Park on our way into Yellowstone NP. (Don’t worry, we didn’t just pass Grand Teton NP by without care, we planned to go back a couple days later for a better look!) However, I forgot to take one small thing into consideration…we stop a lot when driving through scenic areas. It’s something I need to remember to build into our timeline for our next road trip. But how can you not stop!?!?

The Grand Tetons!

We tried to press on as much as possible but just couldn’t help ourselves at a few particularly scenic spots. Fortunately we already had a campsite reserved in Yellowstone so we weren’t in a huge hurry to get there. We just really wanted to be set up before dark and in time to have some dinner. 😉

We were overjoyed to pass this sign on the way in, we had finally arrived!!! After a few more stops along the way, we made our way to the campsite and set up camp for the evening. I was perfectly happy to set up camp after a long day knowing that we were going to be in the same campsite for 3 nights. Especially on a road trip, it is rare and lovely to be in one place for so long! 🙂

Our tent!

We did do a little more sightseeing before turning in as well. We visited the Grand Prismatic and a few other amazing features at the Midway Geyser Basin. I fell asleep hoping to wake again quickly because I could not wait to do more adventuring the next day!

Black Pool, YNP

Must Love Dirt

Welcome! And thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog! Feel free to pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee and stay a while! After taking a few years off from blogging, I found I really missed writing and the community of blogging way too much! I let a lot of things distract me & discourage me for a while but while on a recent road trip I finally decided that I needed to just go for it! So here I am! (Side note: the mountains are a great place to make decisions!) 🙂

The name Must Love Dirt did come to me during a camping/road trip but the more I thought about it the more I felt like I could apply it to many different facets of my life. Loving the outdoors, being a boy mom, and knowing that sometimes getting what you want requires you to dig deep and get your hands a little dirty. I hope you’ll stick around for the adventure!

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