Five Ways To De-Stress The Stay-At-Home-Mom! by Jennifer Tarzian
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
I think I may finally have the answer to this question.
I've 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 wasn't 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 much more!
The first recommendation I have is to get regular exercise.
Even if it's 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 Beckett's article, "Can Women Still Exercise
While Raising a Family?" at http://www.youngparentsmagazine.com/articles/Can-Women-Still-Exercise-While-Raising-A-Family.htm
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, you'll 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 we're 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 I'll
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
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 mama's happy, everyone's happy?" There's
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!
About the Author
Jennifer Tarzian is proud to be a stay-at-home mom. For
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