Do you have so much on your plate that you are left feeling overwhelmed and stressed out? Juggling work, kids, family and your personal needs? It’s easy to get sucked into a never-ending “to do” list and a constant demand for your attention from your kids. What can you do to get back to a place of control, ease, and relaxation?
1. Step out. You can’t get away from feeling overwhelmed from a place of overwhelming confusion. You have to step away to be able to give your circumstances a fresh perspective.
2. What is most important? When we feel overwhelmed our minds become clouded by the task at hand and other tasks to come. Figure out what’s most important at the moment of your current overwhelming feelings and concentrate on that.
3. Creating boundaries. Time is our most precious commodity. It is the only resource that is not renewable so spend it wisely and consciously. Identify one thing that you can cross off your list.
4. Mommy timeout. Kids are not the only ones that need a timeout when their emotions are out of control. It feels comforting to do something mindless like watch TV or read the news or browse the internet, perhaps listen to soft music.
5. Bedtime Ritual. The state in which we go to sleep is the state that we wake up. Doing things that quiet your mind instead of clutter it before you go to bed helps you relax and fall asleep. Get your small children on a regular bedtime schedule. Prayer before bed is great way to end the day.
- Get outdoors into the fresh air. Especially if you are a housewife, sometimes you can start to feel as if the walls are closing in on you.
- Do something strictly for you, whatever relaxes you. For me cooking and exercise is my me time. I put on smooth jazz in the kitchen while I cook and it’s a little slice of heaven. It could be gardening, polishing your nails, or watching a movie you enjoy, a half hour of exercise to relieve stress.
- Take a long hot bubble bath.
- Spend time with someone who makes you laugh.
- Read a favorite book
- Peer level Contact. If you’re surrounded by 2 yr olds and 5 yr olds all day, you need to socialize with other moms who can relate to you and as a result build each other up.
Smart Tip of the day: Being a Mom is a full-time job with no designated off days. So I believe like any full-time job you need a 2 week vacation every year (momcation). Especially if you’re a homemaker with small children, or a working mom. If you’re unable to take 2 weeks, take 1 week but it should be mandatory and a priority. In addition weekend getaways should be scheduled from time to time with just your husband. Also Mom should be pampered as often as possible. Hair and nails done at a salon. For some this is a luxury. The bills are important, the kids are important, your husband is too, but so are you!!!
The things that make you feel good should not be discounted. It should be added in as maintenance for the house manager. Child care expense comes into play, but anything worth having is worth going through the trouble to get, and it will be so totally worth it. At this point in my own life my kids are big and practically grown. So it’s not an issue, however the business of being a mom, homemaker, wife, author, and businesswoman requires me to stay in balance. Meaning you can’t just work all the time and never take time for yourself. And you can’t just play all the time and not take care of business, so there needs to be balance. Keep your spirit strong and always lean on God! Proverbs 11:1, “A just weight is the Lord’s delight.” 2 Samuel 23:5 (NKJV) “…Yet He has made with me an everlasting covenant, Ordered in all things and secure…”
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