Stress - you can handle it!
I think you'll agree that life without stress sounds wonderful, but as a mom, we have to be realistic! It isn't
necessarily that there is one major event causing us stress, but more an accumulation of little things, from
siblings constantly bickering, to the tv being on too loud.
How should we cope with this?
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One of the most important things to realize is that your family depends on you for so much, so the
first thing you have to do is take good care of yourself. Typically this doesn't come at the top of a mom's to-do
list, but it is vital to the running of your family. With mom under the weather, or sick, it is so much harder for
a family to function. So how do you do this? Reduce your stress, for a start, and do this by
- eating healthily. This will not only help you feel and look better, but will also set a good example for
the rest of your family. Junk food is not ideal! Try to limit the number of candies you consume, and those
cookies. Instead, try a glass of milk, or some cheese and crackers, or a yogurt.
- Then stay, or get fit. Again this sets a good example, but it will also make you feel better about
yourself, and give you more energy.
- Make sure you get regular check ups with your doctor, and if any problems arise, take the time to get them
seen to as soon as possible.
- Try to get enough sleep every night, although this may be even more challenging if you are menopausal.
Those night sweats can be extremely disruptive. And remember, don't stay up too late or you and your family
- laughing as this is so good for you. If we only look, we can find the humor in a lot of situations, and it
would be a lot healthier for us. Failing that we can always read some humor. I suggest taking a look here and consider purchasing this book. There are some 460 pages of humor, which is
sure to have you laughing in no time at all - just what the doctor ordered!
Now, you are probably wondering how you will find the time to even attempt this for one day. You can do it, and
it will help to reduce your stress level.
For nutrition, I find one of the best ways is to just avoid buying junk food altogether. You can't
eat it if it isn't there, and to go to the store takes effort, probably more than you want to spend! When you go
shopping, avoid the junk food aisle, keep to the fresh foods, and remember not to go shopping when you are hungry,
as that leads to more impulse buying!
For exercise, try to walk the children to school rather than drive, or if you are at one of their
sporting events, go for a walk while they are warming up, but be back in time to watch the game. Or if your
children love the play ground, walk there, or around it, while keeping an eye on them.
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Thanks go to Jean Johnson for providing the following tips for us:
Top Ten Ways Working Moms Can Take Care of Themselves
by: Jean Johnson
If you have children who are night owls, encourage them to have quiet times in
their room so that you can get some much needed sleep on a regular basis. They could use the time
to read, or listen to quiet music, as long as they respect your need for sleep. ~ Site
2. Eat well.
Yes you know it. Most of you don’t do it. It is just as easy to grab a piece of fruit
as a basket of fries. You and your kids will feel better if you eat three good meals a day. Do the
shopping, planning and cooking together. This gives you bonding time and teaches the kids good skills
to help out around the house.
I know you’re exhausted at night and don’t have time in the morning, but if you’re
stopping for coffee or vegging out in front of the TV you have time. Do something - anything. It all
helps. Better yet - take a class with the kids.
4. Look your best.
Get a great haircut. Wear the best clothes you can afford. When we look good we feel
good and we smile more.
You’ll automatically feel better. Even better - laugh.
6. Count your blessings.
Your mother was right, count your blessings. Make a gratitude list. We all have a
multitude of things to be grateful for. Post your list and add to it. Have the kids make one too.
7. Ask for help.
We don’t have to do it all alone. Ask family, friends, co-workers, and
organizations for help. From babysitting to yard cleanup to a ride to the store. People love to be
needed. (Just don’t use them)
8. Help others.
Nothing feels as good as service. Get the kids involved. Help clean up the beach
or mow the elderly neighbor’s lawn. Helping each other makes all our lives easier.
|You may have noticed that all of these tips have the added benefit that they make
you feel good and better about yourself This is a good thing to teach your children too.
And teaching your children to help others will have benefits for you too ,hopefully a long way down
the road, because this means that when you need help they will be prepared and used to giving
it! ~ Site Editor
9. Connect to your spirituality.
Whatever that is for you. Nature, music, church, gardening. Do something at least once a week that
makes you feel whole.
- 10. Lower your expectations.
Yes - LOWER your expectations. Of yourself and of your kids. You’re not supermom and they
aren’t superkids. Cut all of you some slack.
About The Author
Jean Johnson, one time single working mom, is now a full-time coach and writer
specializing in women’s issues, especially those involving transitions, spirituality and
finding your purpose, passion and pizzazz in life. Jean can be reached at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out her website at
So, keep in mind what is really important to you, and don't sweat the small stuff. Reduce that
stress! Try, just for today, not to worry. You can do it - remember, your family depends on you.