Let’s face it: motherhood is stressful.
You wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, of course, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging.
On the large scale it’s wonderful and fulfilling to watch our kids learn and grow, but on the small scale the day-to-day of motherhood is exhausting and filled with tiny frustrations.
Full-time moms face all of the same difficulties that parents who work outside the home face.
You have to budget for the family, keep the kitchen stocked, maintain your children’s schedules, keep the house out of disarray, and pay constant attention to your children’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
Talk about multi-tasking!
With so much on your plate, it’s easy to let distress get the better of you.
Stressed out moms snap at their children and their partners and begin to let the little things slide.
It’s a sad, unavoidable fact that stress affects your job performance even if that job is parenting.
That’s why it’s so important that all the overworked moms out there find time to take care of themselves.
When mom is stressed out, everybody suffers.
Next time you begin feeling your last nerve begin to fray, try one of these top stress-reducing tips specifically engineered for moms.
Scientific research has repeatedly shown that exercise is our best natural defense against distress.
The reaction is actually chemical. Working out releases hormones called endorphins that relieve stress and increase happiness.
If your schedule doesn’t permit a trip to the gym or a spin class, find little half-hour pockets of time to elevate your heart rate.
Jump rope on the patio or do yoga on a mat in front of the TV.
Take the dog for a jog around the neighborhood.
You can pair exercise with chores for a 1-2 punch against stress.
Meditation is one of the best ways to deal with stress if you only have a few free minutes to yourself.
In just ten minutes you can reduce your heart rate and clear your head, preparing you for all the challenges left in the day.
Dim the lights in an empty room of the house and sit quietly, trying to think about nothing.
Put on some light music if it helps you focus. Smooth jazz, new age, and acoustic folk all make great music for meditation.
3) Develop a support system
Sometimes you just need to vent.
If you cultivate a healthy support system of friends and family you’ll always have a compassionate ear.
Don’t hesitate to lean on your fellow moms, and be willing to provide them some support when they need it as well.
4) Set personal boundaries
Your time is finite.
Although it’s tempting to be super mom, you can’t do everything that is asked of you.
Try not to overextend.
You don’t need to be active on the PTA, the sports booster club, the party-planning committee, and the gymnastics team.
One mom cannot do it all.
Know when to step up and when to step back.
Saying “no” is a strength, not a weakness.
5) Go for a drive
Sometimes you just need to get away from it all.
It doesn’t make you a bad mother if you need to put a little distance between you and your kids for an hour.
Take a quick spin around the block and listen to NPR.
Whatever it takes to recharge those mommy batteries and come back strong.