Sometimes life gets a bit overwhelming. You have a toddler screaming at your feet as you wash dishes and cook dinner. The big kids are fighting in another room yelling for you, and your husband is completely zoned out. You're sleep deprived and you feel like you are on your own. You're on the verge of a mental break down and all bets are off. I am here to tell you that you my friend, are not alone.
We all have these moments where stress takes hold and we break. You go from cheerful to angry in the blink of an eye. It's okay, it will get better. You just need a strategy to help get back to your normal self when the stress of parenthood gets a little out of hand. Here are a few simple Calming Strategies for Stressed Out Moms that you can use when stress and anxiety take hold.
Calming Strategies for Stressed Out Moms
Ground yourself. Take a deep breath and look around you. What do you see? What can you hear? What can you feel? What can you smell? What can you taste? By taking a moment to relax, look around, and connect with your surroundings you relax your mind and body. This helps tame that feeling of stress and anxiety as it pours over into a complete break down.
Take some time for self care. When you hit that point where you have to get away or the whole world will fall apart, do it. Put the screaming toddler in your husband's lap and go take a nice hot shower. Lock the door and take a few minutes to yourself. You have earned it and that small break will help calm you down so you can get back to business with a clear head.
Recharge. If you don't have the opportunity to take a quick nap, grab a cup of coffee and a good book. Turn on the TV for the kids. Yes, I am telling you to use the TV as a babysitter. It won't hurt them. In fact, that half hour of whatever kid show you can find will do them some good by giving all of you a few moments to just sit. While they watch the screen you can sip some coffee, read, and enjoy a bit of quiet. After you have had a bit of time to recharge and the coffee kicks in, gather the kids around to help with a quick pick up. Move on knowing everyone is a little better off now with a less stressed mom.
Does stress overwhelm you? Is parenting tough and all just a little bit too much for you? You are not alone. In fact, it happens to all of us. Find support, encouragement, and help by taking back the joy in motherhood with Losing It by Luke Gilkerson.