Rare are the people who know stress as much as mothers! There are children, career, chores, budget management and many other small things that can cause your stress levels to explode.
However, you don’t have to live with that stress all the time! Next time you feel like you’re about to crumble under the pressure, take a look at these great tips that will help you relieve stress mum-style!
Grab veggies instead of sweets
When you’re stressed out, sweets and other unhealthy foods often seem to help with releasing some of that tension. However, it’s much better to grab a good snack like veggies or fruit than reach for junk! Frequent yet healthy snacks will not only help you maintain that healthy weight, but give you more energy and lift up your mood which is key for battling stress!
If you’re stressed out from all your baby chores, cleaning, cooking and managing your career, the last thing you want to do is hit the gym. However, that’s exactly what you need to do! Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can help you collect your thoughts, relieve some of that stress and built-up energy and significantly boost your mood.
Find a relaxing hobby
Mothers often tend to be preoccupied with their family and simply just forget about themselves and their needs. So, make sure to set some time aside every day and dedicate it to improving yourself, following your passions and working on your skills. No matter if it’s a musical instrument, a sport or a few simple doodles, these activities will help you reconnect with yourself and shoo away some of that stress!
Meet with your girlfriends
Another great way to relieve some stress is to grab your girlfriends and chat the night away! This way, you can complain all you want, compare issues and help each other handle them and stay sane. Other mums are an especially important support system and a great way to de-stress and have some fun in the process!
Get a helping hand
Kids can be super messy—toys will be everywhere, little greasy fingerprints on windows and tables and hidden goldfish crackers under the couch. So, if you feel overwhelmed and stressed out by all the cleaning you must do every week, why not get some help? Many Aussie mums choose to hire cleaning services to do the dirtiest and heaviest works for them and instead spend some time with their kids in play and relaxation. Carpets are especially easy to dirty up but tricky to clean, so don’t hesitate to seek help.
For instance, experts in carpet cleaning in Campbelltown love a good challenge and there’s not much they haven’t already seen and cleaned! So, no matter how dirty your carpets are, they will handle it quickly and expertly with their seven-step cleaning process. Once you get your carpets back, you and your kids can celebrate with a nice play session. Who doesn’t like rolling around on a clean and soft rug?
Play with your loved ones
Sometimes, all you need to do when life gets a bit too stressful is turn to your kids. Kids are very good at forgetting (and ignoring) their chores and problems, which is something you too need to do every once in a while! So, grab your children and have a dance party, go outside, play catch, have a relaxing colouring play date, or simply take a trip to the beach!
Let your partner take over at the weekend, so you can sleep in and just chill in bed for an extra hour. Catching up on your sleep is very important, it will keep you healthy, strong, motivated and ready to tackle any problem that can befall a new mother.
Also, don’t hesitate to have a little nap every once in a while—tuck your kid in for a quick midday nap and just join them for a few minutes. It’s a quick way to recuperate and shed some stress!
Going on a long vacation somewhere in the Caribbean will certainly help manage your stress, but these easy, cheap and practical tips will also help. So, remember to employ them every day and you’ll stay on top of your motherly duties without any stress and tension!
About the author:
Chloe Taylor is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator.