Being a mom can be both a highly satisfying and stressful job at times.
Yes, it is a job when you break it all down.
That said you deserve a break at times as a mom and your body will be the first to remind you of this.
So, how can you find some stress relief when you have young children and get the best of both worlds?
The Internet is a good starting point to find some stress relief.
You can go online and look at blogs like I’m a Proud Momma blog and others, videos, podcasts and more to get ideas.
Also turn to different social media sites and reach out when you feel comfortable doing so to other moms. Get their two cents on how they dial down stress in their homes.
Don’t Let Parenting Stress Impact Your Health
When it comes to finding stress relief with all you have to do, here are suggestions to consider if not doing so now:
1. Get some help – The most obvious way of toning down the stress is having some help raising your children. If you have more than one child and there is some age separation, do you turn to your older kid? That is for any help if age-appropriate? While you can’t expect a three-year-old to care for a baby, a 13-year-old can help if you also have an 8-year-old for example. Having that help around the home can take some of the pressure off you. It also helps the older child or children to grow up a little faster. If you have a partner at home, is he or she pulling their weight when it comes to helping raise children? The hope is they are and it is as close to a 50-50 situation as possible. Finally, you may consider getting a nanny and the occasional babysitter when needed. By not having to do it all on your own, you can raise your children and keep stress at a minimum.
2. Make sure you exercise – Do you have an exercise regimen in place? Not only is such a thing good for your physical health, it is also important for your mental needs. Exercising as many times a week as possible helps you to blow off some steam and keep your muscles sharp. If you do not have a current exercise regimen, consider starting one now. In the event, you have friends or family exercising, working out with them serves two needs. One, you have others to talk with when working out and keep you company. Two, having one or more exercise partners can also help to motivate you. That is key on those days you feel a little reluctant to go and work out.
3. Take the occasional trip – When was the last time you went on a trip? Yes, this includes with your children. Whether you go with another adult or make it a family event, getting away can be enjoyable and relaxing. Even with the plans needing to be made on where to go and what to do, getting away at times is all but a necessity. You can refresh your batteries and have the next getaway to look forward to. That is once you’ve finished the current one. If your children go with you, look at it as an opportunity to create some memories with them. Kids grow up so fast and leave the nest that you want to be sure and capture all the fun times away from and at home with them.
In getting rid of some or much of the stress you face, what option or options will you turn to?
As a mother, what advice would you have for other moms looking to relieve some of the daily stress they deal with?