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Jun 08

How to Cultivate Stress-Free Motherhood

I recently ran across an article from the Today show regarding advice for stressed out moms.  I personally do not have any children but I have plenty of nephews and a niece which offers me the opportunity to witness the difficulties and joys of parenthood through the experiences of my siblings.  Plus, what I’m seeing, experiencing and feeling as I support them is probably only a fraction of the real deal.  My hat’s off to you!

 

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7 tricks to help stressed moms chill out:

1. Learn your stress signs:

Tune into your body to recognize warning signs.  Learn to identify how you react so you can rewire how you respond instead of react.

2. Take a break:

It is okay for you to take a quick break.  Your children are going to receive a calmer, more attentive mommy if you do so.  There is always a way to at least break for 5 minutes.  Put your Ipod on and dance out the stress, jump on the treadmill for 5 minutes and run your ass off or sit in silent meditation and clear your mind.

3.  Create solutions for your “hot” times: 

Take note of what circumstances usually cause things to spiral out of control.  Is it meltdowns at bedtime?  Is it dinner time when everyone is famished and you are trying to get dinner on the table?  Identify, identify and identify.  I can’t stress this enough.  Then come up with some reasonable workarounds to better manage those intense times.

4.  Learn deep breathing or meditation: 

Use slow, deep breaths:  Inhale slowly to a count of five, pause for two counts, and then slowly breathe out the same way, again counting to five. Repeating the sequence creates maximum relaxation. (Using bubble blowers or pinwheels helps younger kids learn to take slow deep breaths to blow “meanies” away.)

Try elevator breathing:  Close your eyes, slowly breathe out three times, then imagine you’re in an elevator on the top of a very tall building. Press the button for the first floor and watch the buttons for each level slowly light up as the elevator goes down. As the elevator descends, your stress fades away.

5.  Exercise together:

With technology today we can have dance parties, Olympics and other physical exercise utilizing our Wii machines (especially for rainy or cold days).  When the weather is fair get outside to a playground, a soccer field or bike path.  Research has proven that exercise reduces stress and provides an overall healthy framework for family units.

6.  Take time to laugh:

The American Psychological Association reports that stressed people often hold a lot of stress in their faces.  When is the last time you did something absolutely silly with your kids?  Get creative and include them in the process…they will love it!  Children adore genuine play-time with their parents.

7. Find a support group:

There are support groups all over the place in this day and age…Facebook, online forums, blogs, etc.  Friends, other moms and mentors can also be a source of comfort and guidance during difficult times.  Start networking today with others because you are not the only one who encounters regular child-rearing struggles.  The important thing here is to know you are not alone and you are not failing as a parent.

 

my wish for all you mamas :-)

my wish for all you mamas 🙂

 

Your Homework:  Which of these 7 tips have you mastered?  Which could use a little work?  Pick ONE and focus on that for 30 days…you’d be amazed at what the power of intention and dedication can create in such a short period.

 

Source:  http://www.today.com/parents/7-tricks-help-stressed-moms-chill-out-1C7397996

1 comment

  1. Jill

    I don’t have kids but I still learned a lot from this article. I am trying out the elevator breathing technique in my daily routine to help me manage my stress better. Thanks.

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