In this day and age, life is so hectic that we can hardly ever catch a breath. Being a mom in such a world requires a lot of devotion and patience. Being a working mom is a true feat of wonder. But, as we all know, all feats of wonders are accomplished at some price. The price of juggling housecleaning, taking care of the baby, 9 to 5 shifts, and managing the household is usually paid in stress. Fortunately, there is a way to make this situation much easier. As a matter of fact, there are nine ways to do that.
Stay Away from Unhealthy Snacks
Spending 16 hours a day on your feet knows to be quite exhausting. And when we feel exhausted, we usually tend to reach out for unhealthy snacks. Don’t do that. Unhealthy food can only cause issues with your metabolism, and raise your cholesterol. Instead, try eating small portions of low-calorie snacks, like veggies and fruit, every few hours. You will feel much better and more energetic.
It’s a known fact that exercising has a very positive effect on the body, and granted, you will need to be in pretty good shape to successfully marry your job and parenting. But, this time we will put the focus on the mind. Namely, increased physical activity stimulates the production of endorphins, which, in turn, have a very positive effect on your mood. So, do your best to find at least a couple of minutes you will devote to your body each day.
Spend More Time in Nature
According to recent research, spending time in nature prevents depression and opens up possibilities for so-called “positive distractions”. Instead of spending time with your children in front of TV, take them for a walk outside. Not only will you feel less stressful, but your family will have an active lifestyle and keep obesity at bay.
Indulge in Your Hobbies
We all need some time for ourselves. When we don’t have an opportunity to enjoy that self-centric free time, we feel frustrated, angry and disgruntled. Don’t fall for this trap, and find some time when you will be able to enjoy your hobbies, do something for yourself, or simply do nothing. These small moments can take your mind off of stress and help appreciate yourself much more.
Establish Firm Family Routines
Do your best to let your kids know when they need to eat, when they need to do their homework, when is the time for playing and when is the time for sleeping. Of course, not every one of these “regulations” have to be restrictive – you can also establish small family traditions.
Consult a Psychologist
Paying a visit to a psychologist has never been a popular move, but what people often don’t understand is that psychology deals with both prevention and treatment. For example, various confidential programs like eap counseling sessions can help you cope better with job-related problems and prevent work-induced stress from spilling over into your home.
Reconnect Your Mind and Body
If you want to be truly free of stress, your mind needs to have a full control over your body. There are a few ways to accomplish that and the most popular choices include yoga, meditation and Tai Chi. Which one of these activities you will choose is up to you and your personal tastes. Whichever you choose, you will improve your breathing, and restore your balance.
Have a Good Laugh
Laugh is an excellent stress reliever, so do your best to make your everyday life funnier. Play interesting games with your kids, invite your entertaining friends, or simply let one of the reruns of Friends, or How I Met Your Mother play on TV while you are doing something. You will see that life doesn’t have to be all that bad.
Drink More Water
Lack of water causes lack of energy, nausea, fatigue and headaches, even before you actually feel thirsty. If you drink at least 9 cups (2.2 liters a day), you will make sure that your body have everything it needs to function normally and cope with stress without any aggravating circumstances.
Balancing parenthood and your job is difficult, but it’s not impossible. What’s most important, it doesn’t have to be that stressful. Use these nine tips to make sure that your mind and body are prepared for this challenge.