Ways To De-Stress The Stay-At-Home-Mom!
As a stay-at-home
mom, I often wonder why I get so stressed out. Before
having children, I worked full-time and managed to be
involved in multiple extra-curricular activities
none of which seemed to put me over the top. So why does
being a mother and homemaker frazzle my nerves so much?
I think I may finally have the answer to this question. Ive
come to realize, for myself at least, that a
well-balanced mood comes from a well-balanced life. When
I used to work full-time, I had multiple different
outlets in my life: home life, work, social groups,
athletic groups, etc. If I was having difficulties in any
one of these areas, it was ok because I had enough others
in my life to even it out. As a stay-at-home mom,
however, I have not given myself those outlets. When I
feel bogged down at home, I have no where else to turn
for relief. So what was I to do? I wasnt going to
go back to work or stop being a SAHM I loved it
too much. So it made me do some thinking and some
research to figure out ways to manage my stress so I
could maintain my sanity and enjoy my time at home that
The first recommendation I have is to get regular
exercise. Even if its nothing more than plopping
your kids in the stroller and taking a few spins around
the block. For more information on getting the proper
amount of exercise, see Phil Becketts article,
Can Women Still Exercise While Raising a Family?
The next thing I recommend is to avoid high-sugar and
other empty-calorie foods. You may not have much time to
eat, so make sure you are getting a good supply of
nutrients when you do. Active moms, especially those who
are pregnant or breastfeeding, need to maximize the
nutrients in the food they consume. Avoid fad diets and
just stick to the appropriate helpings from the basic
food groups. In addition to having more energy yourself,
youll be setting a great example for your kids.
Keep a schedule. The more organized you are, the less
likely you are to forget something at the last minute or
miss an appointment altogether. These last minute
mistakes cause an undue amount of stress and are easily
avoidable with the proper planning. I recommend a simple
day planner (which you can purchase from your local
office supply store for under $20) to keep track of all
your appointments, as well as household chores that need
to be done.
Create a family budget. I know the number one thing that
has caused stress in my life is worrying about money.
Once I created a budget, however, that stress quickly
diminished. By setting spending limits each month that
are within our available income, I no longer have to
worry if were going to come up short some month.
Plus, make savings a part of your budget. This will help
in the event there is a financial emergency.
Last but certainly not least, make time for yourself!
Being a mom is a tough job and you deserve a break once
in a while. In fact, you NEED a break! This can be any
number of things. Personally, I like to schedule a date
night with my husband each week. Or sometimes Ill
just curl up with a book. Either way, this is time spent
purely for the fun of it. Each week you should schedule
something fun to break up the monotony of all the work.
Plus, it will give you something to look forward to.
The bottom line is this: the more stress and negative
energy that comes from you, the more strained your
household will be. Have you ever heard the saying, When
mamas happy, everyones happy? Theres
a lot of truth to that statement. Our kids are a direct
reflection of our attitudes, actions and emotions. The
more we can do to maintain a level head, the more
peaceful our home will be.
I hope you have found this information to be helpful and
wish you a very stress-free day!
Tarzian is proud to be a stay-at-home mom. For all your
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