5 Ways to be less stressed as a SAHM
As a SAHM ( Stay at home mom) we tend to get stressed. Our responsibility can feel bit overwhelming sometimes. Mommy overload is high when you are changing diapers, dealing with tantrums, or rushing to get kids to their appointments. All of this adds up leaving a mom with nothing less then stress! So I have written ways you as a mother can step back and breathe a little.
Why moms stress.
Oh Boy! Where do I start?
A baby needs full attention, constant care. A toddler needs boundaries and the know how on using the toilet, a preschooler needs education and help pronouncing words, then comes puberty, and teens think they can take on the world. This is just a scratch in the surface of what SAHM’s do. You have to take all these stages with the emotions your kids feel while going through them, anger, heart ache, happiness, disappointment, etc. All these carry a little stress. Moms don’t like showing that stress, (even though it pours out more then they would like to admit) they feel like they need to be strong for their children. So to say a mom doesn’t stress just isn’t so.
5 Ways to be less stressed
So because we all get a little uptight sometimes I have this small but amazing list that does wonders.
YAY! – Throw confetti!-
1- Make your bed
This is something my mother taught me from a young age. For as long as I have remembered she always had a made bed. And I loved it. She would insist on me making my bed in the morning, ” It looks, feels, and is cleaner.” she would say. Now that I am a mom I find this to be one of the biggest stress relievers. I love to crawl into a made bed at night. It just feels right. I believe it is a great way to start a day as well. Give this if you haven’t already.
2- 10 Minute stretch
This method is great, (kinda like meditation.) I have to admit I don’t do this one as often as my body needs. But when I put an effort to do this (usually while the kids are still asleep,) I definitely feel calm, relaxed, and recharged. This is so stress relieving! It not only prepares your body for the day, but also gives you a little me time which is hard to come by as a stay at home mom. This allows your brain to soak up all that quiet. -side note- If your not a morning person like myself let the kids stretch with you, it can be really fun:)
In my opinion there is no better way to get ride of stress that has been building than exercise. Yup, get the ole’ heart a pumping. And a great method is walking. It can be so nice to take in the world around you, all that scenery can be so pretty. And not to mention the fresh air, -inhale- yeah… This is great for your kiddos as well. put away the electronics and get away from it all. You will be doing your kids, and your body a big favor.
Tip- If you have the kids, try not to make your walk too long. They can get restless and just add to your stress instead of giving you a helping hand.
4- Make a List
Those darn chores are still not done huh? I think as a SAHM this is probably the number one stress cause. Nothing can get those tears flowing like that intimidating pile of laundry or those dishes that haven’t been done in a while. Putting together a to-do list is great, getting small tasks done during the day will relieve a ton of that unwanted stress. And making a list will help motivate you to do these things. The more you accomplish, the less stress you will feel.
Ahhh, The much needed date night! Yes, this one has been mentioned so many times before, and that’s because it works. Weather it be with your Significant other your girl friends this is a must. Try and get out at least once a month if not more. Even you need a break. I used to think moms were crazy for saying they just needed to leave the kids a get out. Boy did I learn! I now say those exact words, “I need out.” And I have also learned that thinking this way is OK. Everybody needs a little break now and again.
I am sure there are many other ways to relieve stress. But if you put these 5 small things into your routines It will help you be a better parent. Because when you are less stressed you parent better. I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to comment any additional ways you as a parent stress less.
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