I am so tired. Not just a little sleepy, but a full-blown tired that envelopes me like a heavy blanket from my head to my toes. The reason? I’m a mom. Whether a mom stays home with her kids or works outside of the home, she has a role that is all-encompassing and requires unbelievable amounts of energy and time. I adore being a mother and wouldn’t change it for the world, but sometimes it can be exhausting and stressful.
Moms devote so much time to meeting the needs of their families, they often forget to take time to de-stress and decompress. Stress management is absolutely key to healthy living. As the mother of small children, I find myself utilizing one of the four ways to manage stress.
Four Ways Moms Can Manage Stress
One of the simplest ways to recharge and unwind is to rest. As a mom, it’s often hard to carve out adequate time for anything, let alone a nap. If your child still naps, consider taking a nap when they nap. If you work during the week, this can be done on the weekends. Find a comfortable place and position and get some shut-eye. It’s amazing how satisfying even a small amount of sleep can be.
A fun way to unwind and reconnect with oneself is to indulge in something creative. It can be painting, sewing, rearranging a room in your house or cooking something completely new and different. Go ahead and tap into the right side of your brain for a little while. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to find an enjoyable and fun project that will take your mind off of the daily grind.
Walking, running, swimming, dancing - it’s all exercise, and it’s all good. Get your blood pumping and your body moving. Working up a sweat helps the body to release toxins and cleanses your system. Not only that, exercise releases endorphins - the hormones in your body that make you feel happy. Simply find something you enjoy doing and commit at least 30 minutes to that activity each day.
As a mom, especially a single mom, it is difficult to find time to yourself. Whether it’s while the kids are in school or perhaps you leave them in the capable hands of a trusted friend or relative, consider taking some time to pamper yourself. Indulge in a manicure or pedicure. Schedule a massage at a local spa. If you belong to a fitness center that has a sauna or hot tub, spend a few extra minutes relishing the quiet heat. Allow yourself to be the focus, for a change, and enjoy it!
Moms, please don’t fall prey to stress beast. Make time for yourself and find a way to unwind. It will not just benefit you, but your children, too.
Bio: Lisa Shoreland is currently a resident blogger at Go College, where recently she’s been researching parent plus loans as well as scholarship lottery programs. In her spare time, she enjoys creative writing and taking weekend trips with the kids.
(Thank you so much Lisa for your post)
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