Stress-busting tips for busy moms
Stress impacts how we parent, what type of a mother we are to our children, and not to mention the toll it takes on our happiness. Follow these tips to reduce stress so that you can live more peacefully. Focus on one tip at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed trying to tackle everything at once. The point is to reduce stress, not add to it.
1. Say no and take back your power
Stop feeling guilty about saying no to obligations and time stealers, which take you away from the things you really want to be doing. Saying no is saying yes to healthy boundaries.
2. Say yes to offers of assistance
You don’t have to be super-mom, doing it all. Begin small, accepting offers of assistance from family and friends until you are completely comfortable with letting others help you.
3. Learn to let go
As much as we want to, we cannot control everything. If something doesn’t go according to plan and it’s not very important, then just let it go and move on.
4. Eliminate clutter
Clutter is a contributing factor to the stress that builds up inside you. Find small ways to organise the household mess.
5. Pinpoint your stress triggers
One by one identify your biggest stress triggers and think about what it would take to eliminate the stress they cause. Put these solutions into actions.
6. Move it to lose it
Getting daily physical activity is proven to dramatically lower stress levels. Endorphins are released when you are doing any kind of physical activity and create good feelings, which combat stress.
7. Focus on the positive
If your mind is tuned to find the positive, your body and actions will follow along. Find little ways to shift your mind-set from negative to positive.
8. Laugh a little
Laughter can ease little annoyances and immediately make us feel better about life.
9. Quit multi-tasking
Multi-tasking causes you to lose sight of the time and attention being taken away from the little people who matter the most.
The average home is a noisy place. When you’re feeling overloaded, try turning down the background noise in your life by “unplugging” some of your electronic taskmasters.