Stress might be more dangerous than you think.
If you’re one of the many stressed-out moms that keeps pushing herself to the back burner, it’s time to help yourself.
When you’re stressed, it’s difficult to control your emotions, which could make you lash out at people you love. Taking the time to care for yourself is essential when you want to be the best version of yourself.
Continue reading this article to learn the best tips for overwhelmed moms to stop stressing.
1. Stop Ignoring Injuries
As a mother, it’s easy to forget that we have needs until at the breaking point.
Even if you’re experiencing pain from work place injuries or an in-home fall, you might not go to the doctor or get help.
Stop ignoring injuries, no matter how minimal or severe, and get the medical care you need, so you can be on the mend and back to operating at 100%.
2. Stop Trying to Keep Up
It’s easy to look at all the other mothers around you and to start comparing yourself.
It can get very frustrating and might even be a cause for sleepless and teary nights.
While you’re trying to keep up with them, there are likely things you do they wish they could do as well.
Instead of trying to impress other people and make yourself sick and miserable in the process, don’t let what other people are or aren’t doing influence you.
3. Sleep While the Kids Sleep
While it’s tempting to stay up while kids are sleeping to get housework and other tasks done, you aren’t doing yourself any favors.
If you’re tired and need rest, let the dishes stay in the dishwasher clean. You can put them up tomorrow when the kids are running around.
Sleep deprivation and sleep deficiency can harm your health and cause you to experience emotional problems. When you get plenty of sleep, you’re able to pay attention to the world around you, do better at work and other important activities.
4. Enjoy an Evening With Friends
Ask someone in your life to watch your kids while you take a little time to blow off some steam.
You don’t even have to be gone long if you’re worried about burdening someone or running up a big babysitting bill. Even a couple of hours can make a big difference in the way you feel.
When you choose friends to hang out with, make sure you’re going with people you can relax around. Hang out with people that know the good, bad, and ugly about you and still want to be friends.
5. Track Your Time
If you feel like you have no time to do anything, track your time.
When you do this, you’ll be able to see where you’re spending it and if it’s a good use of your time. You can use time tracker apps on your phone or there are time tracker extensions you can put on your browser. Some of these options are free and they are easy to install, so you can get started within a matter of minutes.
Tracking your time can also keep you on task if you’re one of those people that like to break focus and flit back and forth.
Staying focused will help you get more done in less time and make you feel like you’ve gained hours in your day.
Once you’re tracking and analyzing your time, you might be surprised at what you’re able to fit into your day with a little time management.
6. Say No
Do you tend to say yes to everything that’s asked of you?
Yes, I’ll help with the kid’s dance.
Yes, I’ll take on an extra project at work.
If that sounds like you, the solution is simple. Say no. You can’t do it and that’s all you need to say.
You don’t have to have a long explanation about why you can’t do it. The simple fact is that you can’t.
Learning to say no can be one of the most empowering things you’ll ever do. You’ll almost instantly start feeling the stress melt away as you realize you don’t have to say yes to everything that comes your way.
7. Schedule Alone Time
Even if being alone isn’t something you look forward to, you might be surprised how good it feels once you start doing it mindfully.
You don’t have to go out to eat or do activities by yourself if that’s not what you enjoy, but schedule some time for a long shower or a soak in the bath. Maybe you spend time at the massage parlor listening to soothing music while the stress is massaged right out of your body.
Figure out what alone time looks like to you and start getting to know yourself and how you are without everyone else being around. You might be surprised how much you like hanging out with yourself.
If you don’t feel you have the support you need to get alone time because your kids are constantly with you, try bartering with another mom to switch out babysitting time.
Stressed-Out Moms, It’s Time to Decompress
Now that you know these important tips for stressed-out moms, it’s time to use them to decompress.
No matter what you choose to do, it’s important you act while you’re inspired.
It’s easy to slip back into a rut and not take care of yourself, but if you get in motion now, you can start long-term positive habits.
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Hi Ladonna! In your blog, you shared a piece of very useful knowledge about 7 tips to help stressed-out moms decompress. It is very helpful for every busy mom. Keep posting.
thank you so much for all these tips – they are especially relevant today, considering this quarantine thing. I frequently think about all those women who have to stay home and manage work, household duties, and parenting.
We deserve to take care of ourselves as well
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