Work is stressful. Being a mum is stressful. Add the two together and it can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to make you miserable. Whether you work for a company or you are your own boss you need to find ways to reduce stress to avoid burnout. This blog post describes ways in which you can deal with your stress when you work so that you can be at peace with yourself and your job. Reducing stress can make you more motivated at work and at home. This then means you will have a better work/life balance that is a lot more manageable. A happy mummy means a happy household.
If you do even just some of these tips before you burn out then you will find your stress levels will drop. So why not try them today?
Stress Relief For Moms
Research suggests having your movement increased by 1 minute per day can reduce stress and improve your mood. There are numerous ways to increase movement. Walking, swimming, dancing, dancing with your kids, swimming with your partner, yoga, play sprints, you name it.
But here’s a tip. Next time your stress levels are high, take your stress level down by simply standing up. No need to stress yourself about how bad a posture you are in, just stand up and stop stressing about it. You may be surprised at how simple it really is.
Working out can drastically reduce stress levels. It will probably also reduce anxiety, which is very common. If you have managed to build up some mindfulness practice, this can be an added step towards feeling better.
Take time for yourself
Self-care is proven to reduce stress and improve your mood. There are lots of ways to care for yourself and all of them are just as important as making time to relax and unwind. By taking time for yourself each day (whether it be 10 minutes or more) can help you reduce those stress levels. Take the time to exercise, eat healthily, tune into your feelings, journal, and meditate.
So, if you can, try to find a time in your schedule where you can pause and relax. You might like to grab a cup of afternoon coffee, listen to a podcast, or read an ebook. If you are in your 20s or 30s, you may have grown up with conflicting ideas of what it means to “care for yourself.” On the one hand, you can nurture yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and taking care of your physical and emotional needs.
Get enough sleep
It’s scientifically proven that sleep restores your cognitive function and increases your productivity showing us time and time again that the body can go through extreme hardships to heal itself.
If you feel tired or burnt out this could be a sign that your overworking may be affecting your ability to heal. You can rest, recharge, reduce stress, and find more time to enjoy your life. To prevent stress, try and plan out your days so that you get a lot of quality sleep. Sleep will do wonders for your mind and body. If you are struggling to focus, take a break and do something that helps with your concentration as it will likely be one that gets your blood flowing and helps you relax. Try journaling, meditation, or silence.
Don’t let stress rule your life. Being a mum can be stressful enough so as a working mum you need to take care of yourself and not get the working mum burnout.
Do you have any other ways that help reduce your stress levels? Let me know in the comments below.