Stress Management for Mothers
Stressed out? Want to find a way to relax? Wondering when you will ever get to relax again? My advice: Don’t have kids.
Just Kidding! Obviously, it’s too late for that if you were wondering how to manage your stress as a Mother, because, well, you very clearly already have kids. In fact, the children are totally worth the stress and you and I both know that.
Many times, as Mothers, we attribute the stress in our lives to being busy Mothers but that’s rarely the case. Yes, being a Mother can be trying and stressful at times, but what is causing the brunt of the stress has little, or nothing to do with how busy you are with the kids. The stress can be attributed to a few key factors that you are allowing to get in the way of a relaxing environment. There are things you can do to feel less “Busy”, and things you need to focus on changing to bust the stress.
1. You aren’t getting enough “Me Time“. I can’t stress enough the importance of taking time that is just for you, and by that I don’t mean just for you to clean the house. I mean; Just for you to relax, breathe and be yourself as an adult…as opposed to yourself as a Mommy crawling around on the floor under forts made of chairs and old bed sheets. Trust me; You can and will find the time for it.
2. You are letting “Mommy Guilt” get to you. Stop focusing so much on what you think you may be doing wrong and start taking credit for the great things you are instilling in your children and others.
3. Â You don’t have an outlet. Everyone needs an outlet for their stress. If you don’t allow yourself the time to have one, you are only causing yourself more stress. For example; some people enjoy writing in a journal, drawing or singing… even if it’s in the shower. Next time you are in the shower belt out “We are the champions” as loud as you can into your shampoo bottle.
Stress is a pain… literally. It’s not healthy to be over stressed. Take some time for yourself, stop feeling guilty andÂ acquireÂ an outlet. Believe me your family will thank you and you will feel great!
Great advice – it’s so true! I think that if more mommas followed this advice we’d have a happier, more friendly world!
Me time is so important! Uninterrupted, me time!
Darn, I wish I’d listened to your first set of advice! hehe. (Ok, not really…)
Good tips. I will have to try the whole shower singathon at full volume. That sounds fun!
Also TALK to someone about your stress, even just to get it out. Having someone you can share your stresses with can bring them into perspective…
I am so “guilty” of these. Mommy guilt has to be the worst one for me and no time for myself; just too busy and by the time I have a moment, I am simply too exhausted and go to bed. lol
Great ideas! I wrote a similar post with ways of “taking care of you.” Me time and finding an outlet are what really help me. Thank goodness I discovered blogging. It’s been great for getting everything out that I need to.
*sigh* This post very much hits home for me..very much!
Great article, Us mother’s need to enjoy more “Me time” Someday’s I go without any, then look back and can plainly see why it was a “bad” day!
My guys go to bed much earlier then most just so I can have ME time. This mama needs to read and do nothing every night, or she will go CRAZY!
Awesome post! I know for me I relax with a glass a wine a couple of times a week and I go out with my girlfriends at least once a month for a girls night out. All are needed so that I’m recharged and am always happy mommy, lol.
I don’t have children but I am a caregiver and I totally agree that me time is very important.
Dads have the same problem, we just don’t tend to talk about it and just try to bottle it all up…not overly healthy.
I keep trying to get my wife to look at all the good stuff she does for the kids but she can let the negative stuff really get to her.
LOVE this article. Thanks. I need some mommy time STAT!