Is Stress Getting You Down?
Is stress getting you down? Raising children is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world but it is not all fun. Taking care of household with children running around, going to work every day and in the end, finding time and energy for yourself and your partner is physically and emotionally exhausting. However, you should not let stress get you down but do something about it instead because if left out of control, stress can severely affect your everyday activities, ability to work and even your relationship with your children and partner.
Here are the most common stress triggers for moms and how to deal with them:
Lack of time. Sounds familiar? After all, with so much things to do it really is not unusual if you feel that you are always running out of time. But guess what? You do not have to do everything by yourself. Ask your partner or your kids if they are old enough to help you with the household chores because they live there too. However, do not expect them to do everything according to your standards. Another idea is to take your kids to grandparents for the afternoon to be able to do what you have to do around the house in peace or simply call the cleaning service. Learn to accept that you do not have to be a super-mom all the time.
Relationship. Finding enough time and energy for your partner after a long day is everything but easy. However, he needs your love and attention too just like you need his. Pick at least one day in the week for the two of you alone. Arrange something for the kids to do so that the two of you can have some time to yourselves.
Money. There is never enough money and in today’s economic situation, finding enough money for everyone’s wishes and needs can be very challenging. Keep in mind, however, that kids do not have the slightest idea how difficult it is to earn money and that you do not have to buy them exactly everything they want. Kids are much more understanding than you think but it is crucial to explain them why they cannot have a particular thing.
Motherhood fears. “Am I a good mom?” is something most moms are asking themselves every now and then. It is completely normal to feel uncertain occasionally because you can not really prepare yourself for the role of the mom in advance. When you are having motherhood fears, talk to your partner or someone you trust because it feels much better to let it out. But if you just cannot get rid of self-doubt, consider joining a support group for new moms or talk to your doctor.
Your needs. Do you feel like you are giving yourself away all the time and always run out of time or/and energy for your own needs? Being a mom, a wife/partner and an employee/boss is a demanding job. However, everyone needs some time for themselves and moms are no exception. Determine time for yourself alone and stick to it just like to stick to an appointment at your doctor for instance and do whatever helps you relax and feel good about yourself
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