Become A More Relaxed Mom
Hey Hey Mama,
Glad you made it here because it’s time we talked about something that
most ALL of us are familiar with… STRESS! It doesn’t matter what type of a person you are, where you come from or what you do for a living it’s just something we can’t dodge. But what you don’t have to do is let it overwhelm you.
Now, I’m not about to sit here and pretend I have the key to a stress-free life… if I had the solution to that problem I wouldn’t be shuffling around and groaning like a walker in the morning before I had my daily dose of caffeine. Seriously, I used to hate the taste of coffee but now I can’t live without it, Hello 30’s!
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But let me get back on topic here…
Reducing the stress caused by everyday life doesn’t always have to be some big life-changing event, in fact, the things that make the biggest impact in our lives can usually be accomplished by making simple changes here and there.
There’s no getting around the fact that being a mom is hard but seeing them hit new milestones, make new discoveries, run to greet you with hugs and wet kisses are the absolute BEST so working towards being more alert and in a better mood is totally worth a few changes.
Luckily, there are some great strategies to help you deal with mom stress. Let’s jump right in…
Create a set schedule
One of the best things any mother can do for herself and her family is to get the kids on a schedule and keep them on it. For a while before I had my son my daughter use to kind of just hang out with us at night until she got tired. That was fine at the time but once we started implementing a bedtime wheeew chile… that alone made a world of difference. When you stick to a routine everything runs smoothly, you’ll feel more comfortable handling busy mornings, lunches, naps, and bedtimes.
When things at my house are off schedule, I start feeling scattered and disorganized and then guess what?? My stress level shoots through the roof! Things are always unpredictable when kids are involved, but when you have even the simplest structure, your days will be a little more predictable and you’ll save your sanity!
As a mom, you may forget that you’re important too! This is why you need to make time for yourself every day. You may think that there is no time, some days it really feels like it. But there is if you recruit hubby and sneak in some relaxation after the kids go to bed or in the morning before they wake up. Give yourself a mani-pedi, drink that cup of tea slooooowly, read a book, take a long bath, or get a massage, Groupon has the best deals on spa packages! Your relaxation time doesn’t have to be extravagant, but it needs to be there. Even 15 minutes every day can make all the difference!
Find a support system.
Teaming up with other moms makes a great support system. Even if you can only get together every now and then. It’s nice to know that you have someone you can call who won’t question your abilities but will just listen and empathize.
All mothers feel the stress that comes with the job (and boy is it a job). So make sure to surround yourself with other moms that will be happy to listen to you when you need a shoulder to lean on and be sure to return the favor!
This I’m still currently working on because… well, easier said than done right? But what I noticed is when I eat better I really do feel better. So every day I make a choice to substitute a bag of chips for cucumber slices or instead of tacos ( i LOVE tacos btw) I’ll have grilled chicken for lunch. It’s a work in progress but I’m getting there.
I’m sure if you asked a handful of moms what their diets are like, most would probably look at you and cringe. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to just eat what we can, when we can. Even when we’re on the go we need to make a conscious effort to eat better to provide our bodies with the energy it needs to keep up with the kids and cope with the stress you encounter every day.
Put yourself in time-out
Yep, I said it! So many moms feel like they just have to keep pushing forward when they are about to just collapse. Look, sometimes we just gotta take a breather just like kids. Instead of continuing to push forward when you are about to snap, walk into another room and just breathe deeply for a few minutes. Have a Martin moment, rub your ears and wooosaaaahhh if you have to!
Just picture how you would like to respond to the situation and then remind yourself that it is important for you to follow through calmly. After all, you are a role model for your kids. A minute or two in “time out” can make for a great day for the whole family!