Feeling stressed out, fellow moms? Know that you’re not alone—even before our plates were piled onto with Covid stress, moms were already drowning in stress.
Between working and caregiving, limited time for yourself, and the constantly changing world, many stressed moms are at their breaking point.
We’ll explore ten ways to reduce mom stress.
Why So Stressed, Mom?
Mom stress comes from so many things—lack of alone time, taking care of the household, making family decisions, balancing work and life, etc.
Stressed-out moms often deal with:
- No alone time
- Juggling their work-life balance
- Income concerns
- Caregiver problems
- School/daycare logistics
- Social comparisons
- Lack of physical activity
- Unrealistic expectations and demands
- The need to get everything done
- Relationship issues
- Doing too much in a single day
- Frustration about not being good enough
- Overscheduling throughout the day
And so much more!
Fortunately, we have some tips to help you reduce your mom stress fast. Try one, two, or all ten of these de-stressing tips designed for moms!
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2. Practice Saying “No”
A significant part of dealing with mom stress is setting healthy boundaries, which come in many forms.
Learning how to and getting comfortable saying “no” is an excellent way to start establishing these healthy boundaries and stopping yourself from feeling excess stress.
Spend some time thinking about yourself before answering “yes” or “no” to your workplace, spouse, family, and even children. Determine how your answer will affect your mental load and stress levels. Every “yes” to something is essentially a “no” to something else, so it is helpful to evaluate your commitments from time to time and make sure they align with your values. Feel empowered to decline a new commitment without explanation. It can actually feel very liberating. Our time is valuable, let’s spend it in a way that reflects our priorities.
Henry Cloud gives specific techniques on how to set healthy boundaries in his book “Boundaries: When To Say How To Say No To Take Control Of Your Life.”
3. Set Visual Boundaries
One of the funnier but potentially effective suggestions is to create a “Do Not Disturb Mom” sign. Even if your kids can’t read yet, you can make colorful signs so that they can learn when you need a hot second to regroup.
For example, the sign can be a simple piece of paper where the green side means they can come to you and the red side means you need some space for a few.
This visual boundary shows others that you need a moment, and you can allow your kids and spouse the same benefit by letting them create their own signs.
4. Find Some Mom Support
It’s no secret that having support can lead to better outcomes for you and your children. However, that doesn’t mean you have to join an official support group.
While there are many online groups for moms to talk about their maternal stress, having a mom friend nearby to talk to can be extremely helpful.
This person can empathize with you, and what you’re dealing with, and offer advice or lend an ear when you need it. Pick a friend that is close in physical proximity to you that shares a common interest. Availability to go for a walk at the same time of day as you or grabbing a coffee are a great start. Make it easy- don’t schedule it weeks in advance, those plans can tend to get canceled. Ask them to meet you tomorrow for 20 minutes. Those impromptu plans can be so much easier to keep. The spontaneity of the outing can double as a serotonin booster.
Choose friends that you would describe as cheerleaders and positive influences, not a complaining buddy. You will leave feeling energized and less stressed.
5. Identify the Cause of Your Stress
Look at your daily routines and activities—can you find one way to reduce the stress, even a little?
For example, if making your kids’ lunch every morning gets you off schedule, can you simplify the process in any way?
Including them in the process can be an easy transition. Popular food resource, Epicurious has a great article on how to teach kids to make their own lunch.
As moms, we often undertake tasks that others can do because we feel that we need to do them or because we can do them better or faster. Sometimes kids are ready for a new responsibility even before we realize it and they take pride in the task. When it takes something off our own plate, it ends up being a win-win.
Identify these tasks and try to rework or reassign them to other family members to reduce your stress.
6. Improve Your Work/Family Balance
Evaluate where your work and family lives intersect in ways that make you unproductive and deplete you mentally—this evaluation can be helpful to you, your family, and your employer.
Especially since 2020, many of our work/family balances have shifted drastically.
Making changes could include adjusting the hours you perform telework or performing your duties from home for a certain number of hours per day or days per week.
By delineating how you spend your time, you can alleviate some stress.
7. Ask for Help
We know- this is a tough one. It is as popular as, say, public speaking for most people. Asking for help tends to not be in many moms’ DNA. Parental stress and satisfaction correlate with your family’s shared household responsibilities. Look at who does what in the household and work on shifting those responsibilities to make them more equitable and fair.
And if it’s accessible and appropriate, let your older children handle some tasks or work with someone who can help. Assess whether there are any weekly activities that could work as a carpool that you are currently handling the transportation for alone.
Moms are often the gatekeepers for everything household-related—now is the time to change this dynamic and de-stress.
8. Try Meditating
Incorporating meditation into your daily routine can help you reduce stress, eliminate anxiety, and rid yourself of negative thoughts.
And it doesn’t take long—even a few minutes a day can help!
When we’re stressed, we don’t sleep or cope well, and we’re highly reactive to what happens around us. Meditation and being mindful can help us be more aware of our surroundings and identify our responses to stress to respond accordingly.
Meditation is also great for us stressed-out moms who have trouble getting to sleep! Popular meditation resource, Headspace, has an entire section dedicated to sleep meditations.
9. Stay Active
Finding a way to be active each day is key to stress management and your overall well-being. Aerobic exercise elevates your heart rate, which “releases endorphins in the brain. These neurochemicals are the feel-good chemicals that make you more resilient,” as Chelsi Day, a sports psychologist with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center says.
Exercise is an excellent way to improve your mental health and de-stress, but that doesn’t mean you have to join a gym, run a marathon, or work with a physical trainer.
There are simpler ways to get some activity each day, like walking with a friend, doing yoga and stretching, or dancing.
10. Do a Social Cleanse
We have heard of deleting social media altogether for improved mental health. But that sounds unrealistic for some of us. Find just a handful of accounts that you are following that are in some way making you feel bad and silence them. Sometimes accounts are good for education and inspiration, and sometimes they are the source of FOMO and feelings of insecurity. Silence the mom that makes and shares her kid’s lunch with cucumbers cut into the shapes of the solar system. Silence the mom that homeschools her kids that wear matching monogrammed shirts and grow all their own vegetables and never fight. Silence anyone that makes you think you’re not doing quite enough because you’re not doing all of THAT. You know the accounts. Try it and see how you feel after 30 days.
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Final Thoughts on Mom Stress
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We are in the trenches right alongside you- hustling, planning, carpooling, and trying to be the best version of ourselves for our family. If you have questions about finding the perfect CBD products for you, please contact us- we love to talk about CBD! Call 800.894.9688, chat with us live on our website, or message us @gobotanicals on Instagram.
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