Getting Proactive With The Stresses Of Motherhood
No mother needs us to tell them that motherhood can be stressful. We’ve all been there, feeling like sometimes we have barely any room to breathe between the five things we’re trying to do at once. It’s more than possible to burn out if you’re not careful, but you can’t just drop everything and take an extended break when you feel like it. You need to find the relaxation techniques and mindful practices you can do on the fly. Let’s take a look at some of those.
Stress isn’t just a “mood”. It’s a psychological state that we can enter and exit out of. Often, we don’t enter it by our own choice, but rather, we are hit by our psychological triggers. Finding out what these triggers are can help us recognize them and remove their power or even avoid them altogether. For instance, your triggers might be deadlines at work, and you can neutralize them by better managing your work hours to finish well in advance of them.
Conquer your sleep
In the first year of a child’s life, the idea of getting a good night’s sleep might seem impossible and you really have to patch those naps together when you can. Beyond that, however, those bad sleep habits can continue. The less sleep you get, the more stressed you are. So, make a nightly ritual to help you de-stress, such as using relaxation CDs and aromatherapy to make it easier for you to drift off.
Free your spirit
We all have a spiritual side to us and addressing that can make a real impact on our physical selves, as well. For instance, meditation teaches mindfulness and breathing techniques that help you lower your stress levels. The healing power of freeing up your chakras works on multiple levels, too. They can give you a deeper understanding of what’s causing your bad moods and specific concerns. They can also teach you physical stretches and exercises that tackle the root of the issue and improve physical health at the same time..
Master your environment
The world around you can have just as big an impact on your stress, as well. In particular, clutter is a real source of psychological distress. If we live with mess, we internalize it. A thorough tidy, getting rid of all those outdated and unnecessary bits and pieces around the home can make a big difference.
Celebrate your success
If you’re stressed, you might constantly focus on what you have to do next or the dropped balls you’ve missed in the meanwhile. If you don’t take the time to celebrate your successes, it can have a massive impact on your self-esteem. Start tracking your successes with a daily journal. Those successes can be in the workplace, they can financial, they can be healthy choices, they can even be new milestones reached with your child. Recognize the good you do in the world.
Beyond all of the above, do be aware of the need to take a break from time to time. It might cost more to hire a childminder, but you can save your peace of mind instead of your money from time to time.