Are you feeling overwhelmed? How can you reduce your own stress levels as a mom? As a mother, your job is a 24 hour one, children need to eat, go to school, learn, play, bathe, and sleep, all with your help. It’s no wonder, we feel burnt out by the end of the day.
What can you do to make sure that your day goes a little more smoothly and that you can reduce stress?
Do you feel as though your body is ready to give out? Perhaps you are always on the go with so much to do, how can you stop?
It’s time to think of yourself. Take some time to look at how stress impacts your life.
Are you feeling anxious, short-tempered, or depressed?
1. Determine the cause of your stress
Is it your job, money, relationship with your spouse or children, or it may be a divorce or loss of a loved one. Whatever it is, make an attempt to reduce it. Reduce your work hours or you may need to take on a part-time job, communicate with your partner or family to get to the bottom of things. Be proactive, do not focus your energy on the problem itself but on resolving it. This is easier said then done but if you can pin point the source of your worries, it will help to resolve them.
Money issues may not be easily solved with more income but you can definitely start to make cuts to your budget or start selling items you no longer need. I know our house can easily begin to become cluttered with junk or excess stuff and it feels great when we can get uncluttered or even sell some of those things we don’t need. It also means less mess to clean up after as well.
2. Get organized
Are you too stressed in the evenings with dinner prep and activities? Introduce the Slow Cooker or Instant Pot for easier meal prep time. Add all of your dinner ingredients in the morning and then it’s ready in the evening for dinner. Can’t wait that long? Use the Instant Pot to create meals in less time. Are your mornings crazy hectic? Use the night before to prepare everything you need ahead of time so that you aren’t running around like a mad man in the mornings.
3. Are you getting enough sleep?
Are you eating well balanced meals? Do you smoke or drink? All of these can take its toll on the body. You must take care of yourself first before you worry about others. A sick mom won’t do anyone any good.
4. Get outside help
If you’ve done everything you can to reduce your stress levels and you still feel the same perhaps a trip to the doctor is in order. They will definitely have more information for you and ways of relieving stress. They can also refer you to someone who you can speak with if you are feeling overwhelmed.
5. Find some time for yourself to take a break
It may be 20 minutes before the kids wake up or after they go to bed. Grab a book and a hot chocolate and just have a bit of quiet time to yourself. If you can get out of the house, have dinner with a friend or get your nails done. A well rested mom makes a happy household.
As mothers we tend to worry about everyone else and forget that we have to take care of ourselves first. If you can’t get away, trade babysitting services with another mom
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