Being a mother will likely be one of the most challenging things you have ever done. But on the other hand, it will be one of the most rewarding jobs of your life.
As a mother, you often forget to take care of yourself because you’re caught up in the madness that is life.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a stay-at-home mom or you work outside the home, being a mother is stressful! Luckily, there are some great strategies to help you deal with mom stress.
Check out these stress tips for moms.
Get the kids on a schedule
The best thing that every mother can do for herself is to get her kids on a schedule. And keep them on it.
When you try to stick to a routine you’ll feel more comfortable handling breakfasts, lunches, naps, and bedtimes.
When you don’t have a schedule, you may begin to feel scattered or disorganized and your stress levels will increase exponentially!
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!
Don’t be afraid to put yourself in time out
Many mothers feel like they have to keep pushing forward when they are about to come unglued.
Moms get stressed and often need to take a breather, just like kids!
Instead of continuing to push forward when you are about to snap, walk into another room and breathe deeply for a few minutes.
While you are breathing, picture how you would like to respond to the situation. Then remind yourself that it is crucial for you to follow through calmly.
After all, you’re a role model for your children. A minute or two in “time out” can make for a great day for the whole family!
This is one of the most challenging stress tips for moms that I received. But it is best for everyone.
If you ask 100 moms what their diets are like, at least 85 of them will look at you and cringe.
Unfortunately, you tend to just eat what you can when you can.
Even if you are on the go you need to make a conscious effort to eat well.
When you eat nutritious foods, you are providing your body with the energy it needs to keep up with your kids and cope with the stress you encounter every day.
Create a support system
Teaming up with other moms makes a great support system.
Even if you can’t get together every couple of weeks, it is nice to know you have someone you can call. Someone who won’t question your abilities but will listen and empathize.
All mothers feel the stress that comes with the job.
So surround yourself with other mom friends who will be happy to listen to you when you need a shoulder to lean on. And be sure to return the favor!
Make time for yourself
As a mom, you may forget that you’re important too! This is why you need to make time for self-care every day.
You may think there is no time, but there is if you get help. Or if you sneak in some relaxation after the kids go to bed or before they get up.
Give yourself a manicure or pedicure, drink that cup of tea slowly, read a book, take a long bath, or get a massage.
Your relaxation time doesn’t have to be extravagant but needs to be there. Even 15 minutes every day can make all the difference!
I hope these five simple stress tips for moms help you.
Let me know what you like to do to manage your stress as a mom in the comments.