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Just breathe

August 27th, 2010 by Deb McLean

Fact is, every Mom is a working mother.  Whether working in or out of the home, the stress of daily life…planning proper meals, running the kids to sporting events, dance recitals, teacher’s conference, PTA, homework, dirty clothes, clean house, oh yea, and that project your boss asked to have on his desk by COB.  Yikes, there are times when we all want to pull out hair out! 

My advice?  Just breathe.  Stop what you’re doing.  Take a deep breath and exhale slowly.  Do it again.  It helps, right?

Stress gets out of control when we try to do too much (yes, that’s the pot calling the kettle black).  But we have to learn to say no to some things (like bunco or another project for PTA).  Pick the most important things to you and your family.

Besides taking the time to breathe, here are a few other tips that help me get through the crazy days.

Stress Tip #1: The first tip is to start the day with a plan of action. Stuff happens and the plan can change, but if you have a plan, your day will at least have a fighting chance.

Schedules are a mom’s best friend. My family and friends laugh at my lists and “files”.  I have a file for everything,  but they do help to keep me organized and helps relieve some of my stress.  It may also keep you from adding too much to your plate.

Teach your kids to plan too.  I harp on Casey about things like putting her own schedule in her planner and laying out her clothes the night before school so there’s not the confusion and drama of not knowing what to wear the next morning.  

Stress Tip #2: The next tip is to spend some time in peace and quiet. Fifteen minutes in the morning will put the day into perspective or take a few minutes for yourself at night. You can meditate, pray, or perform yoga. Or, just sit and have a quiet cup of coffee.  My favorite is a bubble bath with candles or my favorite book before bed.  It may only be 15 minutes, but it’s MY 15 minutes.  Any of these activities and more will give the mind time not to think.

This time can also be used to count your blessings. Recount to yourself all of the things in your life that you are thankful for. A positive attitude is a good way to start each morning or end each day.

Stress Tip #3: Another tip to manage stress is to let it all out. We all try to practice composure, but sometimes emotion is warranted. Jamming your finger in the door or pinching it in the stroller when you are packing it in the car is painful. Let out a yell. Not only does that yell help to ease the pain, it stops negative feelings from welling up inside of you. A good yell or scream is a way of releasing potential stress before it has a chance to sabotage your day.

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