Moms: Don’t Let Stress Turn You Into Someone You Don’t Want To Be!

To quote the old song, you’re just a soul whose intentions are good. You work hard in two jobs. Only one of which allows you to clock-out. You have a PhD in putting yourself second. Sometimes it seems as though your every waking moment there’s something weighing heavily on your mind. Your stressors seem to keep coming out of the woodwork, and just as soon as you’ve gotten one problem out of the way, another dashes mockingly into your life. It can feel too much at times. You don’t mind a little bit of stress. In fact, it can bring out the best in you in small doses. But your stress seems to have become such an omnipresent part of your life that it’s eroding your sense of self. 

Chronic stress can be extremely damaging. Not just to your emotional wellbeing but to your physical health and even your life. It can make you more vulnerable to a range of serious diseases including heart disease, diabetes and some forms of cancer. But that’s not the only kind of damage it can do…

Stress can damage your relationship with your kids

When we’re stressed, our “fight or flight” instinct gets pushed into overdrive. We can become quick to anger, easily irritated and short of patience with the people who mean the most in the world to us… our kids. And when we lash out at our kids or lose our temper with them, it can result in pain, anger and resentment on both sides. It can also cause significant damage to your relationship with your partner. 

So, how can you avoid the physical and emotional damage that stress can do?

Just breathe

It may seem patronizing, but breathing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the physical symptoms of stress. And when these are abated, the emotional aspects of stress can also start to ebb away. One of the most effective ways to relieve stress is by taking 5 minutes to try some mindfulness meditation. It uses breathing exercises to reduce the physical effects of stress while also helping you to get some perspective on your problems and stressors. 

Treat yourself

As a Mom you’re used to going without for the sake of your family. But every now and then it’s important to treat yourself to something special. Particularly if it will help to combat your stress, improve your wellbeing and help you to look after yourself. For instance, one of these gift boxes from the Kaya Hemp Company has a number of things that can help you to alleviate stress with the magic of plants. Even something as simple as treating yourself to a couple of hours reading a book in your favorite coffee shop can help you to return home rejuvenated. At the very least, you deserve to treat yourself to a long hot soak in the tub. 

Go outside

Finally, if your stress is getting the better of you, stop what you’re doing and take a moment to step outside. Fresh air and access to trees and plants can be a tonic for your emotional health and prevent your stress from getting the better of you. Even the act of physically removing yourself from a stressful situation may really help.