You may not know it but stress is the silent root cause of some of your physical sicknesses. Stress is what you get when you’re pressured at work to meet deadlines, and when you go home hurriedly to cook dinner for your family. There are various ways that working moms experience stress.
If you’re a working mom and a mother of young kids, the stress would apparently continue when you go home to your kids. However, it doesn’t have to be that way.
You have the power to manage your stress at work and especially at home, when you are with the most important people in your life.
To help you manage your stress at home, here are 7 easy ways you can employ.
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#1 – Psyche yourself that you can do it
Experts performed several empirical studies proving that the brain is the most powerful tool of the human body. It’s from the brain that actions and behaviors stem from.
The belief or mental condition of people can make them sick, or make them well. This has been discovered in clinical trials, where placebo (sugar pill) was given to a certain group, while the genuine pill was administered to another group.
The individuals who believed that the placebo was actually the genuine drug experienced the same symptoms as those who have received the genuine drug. This demonstrates the power of the mind. That what people firmly believe in can manifest in the person’s actions and behavior.
Thus, believe that you can manage your emotions. Have faith that you can do it, and you can. Psyche yourself every morning and evening. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself mentally or orally that you can handle stress and that you are the master of your emotions.
When you start thinking you can, you will gradually act accordingly. If at first, you don’t succeed, keep trying. Your patience and diligence will pay off in the end.
#2 – Visualize yourself being able to manage your stress or stressors
Every morning and evening sit down in one corner and visualize yourself talking gently to your child throwing a tantrum. Imagine your muscles relaxing; and your demeanor calm as you do your household chores, one by one.
Visualize yourself keeping your calm despite the chaotic room. Visualize yourself smiling and relaxed as you attended to each of your kids.
Breathe in and out deeply as you visualize these tranquil happenings. Breathe in deeply with your nose, and then breathe out slowly with your mouth opened.
Keep this up until your breathing becomes stable and your muscles relaxed. Your heart must settle to its normal rhythm too.
You have to inculcate positive thoughts into your subconscious and conscious mind. Train yourself to be calm at all times.
#3 – Be positive
No matter what amount of stress you undergo, you must always have a positive frame of mind. Positivism attracts positive energy. Positive energy brings you success and happiness.
Your kids will not remain kids forever. There will come a time when they would be adults and would leave the family abode. Thus, consider this phase of their growth as a golden opportunity to show them how much you love them.
This momentous time will never come your way again, so grab this opportunity to make great memories with your children.
Remember to search for the good things in any given situation, and don’t focus on the negative things. There will always be something positive, no matter how bleak things are. Turn this into a habit, and you will be a happier mom.
#4 – Exercise regularly
Scientists have proven that exercising regularly alleviates stress and depression. It’s also a healthy activity that can boost your mental and physical health.
Exercise can: enhance your circulation; improve your body’s metabolism; strengthen your muscles and bones; and clear your skin of impurities and dead cells.
An hour’s exercise daily or a 2-hour exercise every other day can help prevent hypertension (elevated blood pressure); reduce the risk of atherosclerosis (thickening of blood vessels due to fat deposition on their walls), and other heart diseases.
#5 – Organize your activities
Organizing your activities can make you less stressed. Knowing the chores that you would do next can lessen the stress of doing household chores. You can prepare a list and pin it in a prominent place in your house.
Allot some quality time for your kids, even if for a few minutes. Keep in mind, that they should be your first priority when you arrive home. Attend to their needs first before doing the household chores. The chores won’t run away from you. They can wait.
#6 – Request help from your hubby
Even if he’s working, he should help you out with some of the chores, such as throwing the trash, helping with babysitting, or washing the dishes. Of course, you have to learn how to motivate him to help without you commanding him. If you think you can, you can.
#7 – Request help from your children
Your kids can help you too. Assign light housework to the older kids. For the younger ones, they can help clear out the room by picking up items strewn on the floor. Make it fun, and show them that working is fun.
Take note that being unable to manage your stress can result to more serious illnesses, such as ulcer, heart ailments, and metabolic conditions. Don’t wait for these to happen. Manage your stress now and stay healthy and happy as a working mom.