The life of a busy mom is stressful. You are tired, feel like you are being pulled in too many directions and your to-do list is a mile long. Between grocery shopping, planning and cooking meals, getting the kids to and from school, after-school activities, housework, and for some a marriage and career as well, you have zero time to relax. Does this sound familiar? Trust me, I have been there. As a busy mom of five children I understand how important it is to take care of yourself and make time to manage your stress. Here are a few things I learned along the way.
1. Put Yourself First.
This one is so hard because moms are wired to be caregivers. We want to make our loved ones happy and fix all the problems in our home. But, we won’t have the energy to be the main caregivers if we don’t take care of ourselves first. Make sure you set aside time every day to do something for yourself. This can be going for a run or working out early in the morning before your kids get up, sitting down with a book before bed every night, or relaxing in a nice warm bath. Taking time away from your busy schedule to do something that you love will help get your mind off of what is causing stress.
2. Get Organized.
If things aren’t organized in your life you will have even more chaos which leads to more stress. Plan out your meals ahead of time. Cook slow-cooker recipes on busy nights. Save those time-consuming family favorites for weekends or nights that you will be home. Schedule time for fitness every day by finding out what time of day works best for you and stick with it. Use a paper calendar to keep track of events involving your children, school and anything else that may come up. We have a family bulletin board where we display our calendar, and other important papers. Divide up the housework. Give your kids simple chores that they can do before or after school. Designate Saturdays for family chore day and assign bigger chores for your children then.
3. Make Time for Faith, Prayer or Meditation.
This is a big one for me. If it were not for my strong Catholic faith I would not have the strength to continue on with everything else that is important in my life. If you don’t believe in God or you don’t attend a church, find some simple relaxation meditations you can listen to. For Amazon Prime members, there are a lot of free and low-cost relaxation meditations on Amazon music. You can probably also find them in iTunes or other app stores for your device. If you have a practicing religion make time for God, prayer, and volunteering at your church or place of worship.
4. Hug Your Children Often.
Research has proved it: human touch relieves stress. According to Psychology Today, physical “touch signals safety and trust; it soothes. Basic warm touch calms cardiovascular stress. It activates the body’s vagus nerve, which is intimately involved with our compassionate response.” I feel calm and relaxed after I give my kids hugs. It also helps them to feel better about themselves knowing that someone loves and cares for them deeply. We have all witness the effects of too much stress on the body. It can cause weight gain, insomnia, depression and other illnesses. Busy moms want to be there to take care of their family. This is why it is very important to take control of our stress, before it controls us.
About Cascia Talbert
Cascia Talbert is a mother of five children, devout Catholic, health and fitness enthusiast, and positive parenting supporter. She started the Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007 as a resource for moms. She is a featured blogger at wellsphere.com and often has her content featured on the popular news app, News360. The Healthy Moms Magazine was ranked the number one health blog for moms from RNCentral.com. She has dedicated the past 8 years researching and educating herself on the latest in health, fitness, and parenting so she can share what she has learned with others. She is currently working on her first book with the publication date TBA. For more information about Cascia visit healthymomsmagazine.net.