Feeling stressed is a part of life, especially if you are a mother. But it doesn’t have to take over your life! We asked Lori at A Day in Motherhood, who is experienced with raising daughters and parenting, to help us come up with tips for stressed out moms.
The following are stress relieving tips for mothers:
1. Physical Exercise – It is recommended that you get a partner to join you, for example, your spouse, a relative or a friend. This person will serve as your activity partner and someone who watches over you. You can have someone to count on when needed.
2. Dietary Supplements – Always seek advice from your doctor on recommended dietary supplements, particularly during pregnancy. You can find a lot of these supplements in the pharmacy and on the Internet, but remember that not all are safe. Take note on the precautionary label at the sides of the bottles. Get plenty of B-Complex, Vitamin C and folic acid.
3. Herbs – Some herbs are known to have stress-relieving properties. Choose something mild like tea with flavors like apple, chamomile, peppermint and orange, which are just nice and soothing.
4. Schedule You Time – Always make sure to schedule some time for just you. Whether it be going to get your nails done or a relaxing day at the spa or maybe a week long retreat once a year? Quiet time away from the hustle and bustle of life is important. I enjoy grabbing a book and a bottle of wine and sitting on the back patio by myself while the kids are away.
5. Remember Family Time – What can you do to make your schedule less hectic so you can have more quality time for yourself and your family? Or if you can’t make more time for you and your family to spend together, make sure the time you are together is quality time. Put down those phones and iPads. Focus on the activity you are doing together.
6. De-clutter and Organize Your Home – When your environment is messy and disorganized, you tend to feel messy and disorganized internally too, causing you more stress.
Make a choice about the stuff you never use: sell it, throw it away, or give it to someone who’ll make use of it. Once you’ve done that, organize what’s left over and create a place for everything.
7. Communication – is key to relieving stress in your life. Seek out someone you can talk with openly and honestly about your troubles.
Getting things off your chest to a friend will help you sort out problems, see your situation with a new perspective, and possibly get some helpful advice. The clearer your mind is, the more stress you’ll be able to remove from your life.