But when I am mindful and practice a few simple habits, I realize that the high-stress days are few and far between, and peace of mind becomes my norm.
I know that motherhood is one of the best experiences a woman can ever have, but it comes with its share of stress. Here are a few strategies I’ve learned over the years. From talking to other moms I know, I have realized that these strategies are practiced by many moms in an effort to keep their stress levels at bay–and they work.
1. Don’t forget about your girlfriends. I know it’s hard to hangout with your friends after you have kids, but you need that time to recharge. Certainly you won’t see them as much as your once did, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make your best effort to see them. Making time to be with your friends gives you a chance to recharge so you can give your babies your best. That’s what you and your kids deserve.
2. Put your health first. I am guilty of this as well. We get so caught up in giving our children everything they need, we completely neglect our own health. The thing is, if your forget about yourself, your kids will ultimately suffer the price. Plus, the better your health is, the better you are when you are interacting with your children.
3. Make time to be alone. Having this time alone is far more important than what you actually do in it. So whether you use it to meditate, pray, or take a bubble bath, just be sure to take it. It’s an opportunity to de-stress and recharge.
4. Treat yourself. This isn’t about how much your spend, but about how much you believe you deserve something nice. Treating yourself could be a day at the spa, or a it could be a pumpkin spice latte from your favorite cafe. Whatever it is, indulge and enjoy.
5. Ask for help. The whole supermom thing doesn’t work for most of us. We need help at times. I have found that more people are willing to help me than I every realized. They just need to know that I actually need help, instead of me acting like I always have everything under control all by myself.
Moms, what do you do to keep your stress levels low? I’d love to hear from you.