Taking the Stress Out of Motherhood

As a mom, finding enough time to get everything done that needs to get done is difficult. Finding ways to de-stress is even harder. It’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of day-to-day living that it’s easy to forget how important it is for our health to keep stress levels down and find some time to unwind. Luckily, lowering the stress of every day life can be easier than you think. Experiment with a few of these and stick with the ones that work best for you.

Taking Some Stress Out of Motherhood

This bag has everything you need to pamper yourself and de-stress.

Be kind to yourself. Instead of trying to be a perfectionist, try letting yourself off the hook for not being perfect. Realize that you’re doing an amazing job raising another human being and that you don’t have to be perfect at everything.

Take some mommy time. Make a conscious effort to unwind at the end of every day. Turn off any technology and do something relaxing. Catch up with your spouse, do a skin mask, paint your nails, read a book or even try coloring or journaling as a great way to unwind.

Be prepared. Stress tends to come at predictable times, whether it’s trying to get out of the house in the morning or when trying to make dinner. Try to find simple ways to take the stress out of those times, lay your clothes out the night before, have meal plans ready, prep food for the week in one day, think of activities to fill time–- whatever it may be, having a plan ahead of time can make difficult times easier.

Laugh often. Laughing helps relieve stress and instantly lifts your mood, even if you’re just laughing at yourself. Watch a funny movie or buy a calendar cube with a daily joke, anything that makes you chuckle will take away a little bit of stress.

Break a sweat. Exercise not only keeps your body healthier but can also keep your mind healthier. Even a few minutes of exercise a day can help you think more clearly and release endorphins to boost your mood. Try going for a quick walk, doing a series of sun salutations, or some more challenging home workouts.

Find support. Taking the time to grow friendships with other women can help reduce stress and help you feel more balanced. Having other moms to share your concerns, triumphs and headaches with can help reduce some of the anxieties that come with being a mother. Try joining a social network with a moms group, or a local moms group and get to know some new people.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby. Visit her blog and website at JacquelineBanks.com.

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