You’re a working mom who often feels stressed out. You’re exhausted. You feel like you’re not giving what you want to give to your kids and to your job. You may also feel like you’re constantly running around, but nothing really gets done. Maybe you don’t have enough energy. You certainly don’t have enough time.
Lack of time has been one of my top stressors as a mom.
I have often felt I don’t have enough time for work, my kids, chores, my partner, and myself.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Raising children can be stressful itself.
Working motherhood can be tricky and sometimes complicated.
Below you’ll find a variety of practical suggestions to help you minimize stress and enjoy the adventure.
Reserve Daily Time for Yourself
You’re probably asking yourself, “What time?”. Full time mothers don’t have a second to themselves let alone working moms. I’m sure your calendar is already overbooked, but this might be the most important tip on the list. Finding time for yourself can improve your overall stress levels immediately.
Engage in Relaxing Activities with Your Children
You can reduce your stress levels while also spending time with your children. Put a puzzle together, color a picture, or do a craft and encourage your children to share your interest.
The longer I’ve been a mom, the more I’ve realized that being a parent is just one continuous evolution. Every new phase my children go though sparks new challenges and new opportunities to grow. For everyone. This can also make you feel disoriented. I have found it helpful to regularly check in with myself.
“How are you feeling?”
“What’s on your mind?”
“What’s stressing you out?”
“What triggers you?”
“What do you need?”
“What makes you happy?”
As a working mom you play many roles. You want to do your best in all of them. The roles of a mother, partner, and worker require nothing but the best. This can sometimes lead to a feeling of not saying no — ever.
To be the best mom, you don’t need to say yes to everyone’s requests. Saying no to responsibilities that aren’t vital will give you the opportunity to say yes to more fulfilling ones.
Ask for Help
Many times, as moms, we forget there are people around to help if we just ask. Family members often love to step in when needed. It’s helpful to form a support network.
There are also affordable ways to hire extra help with cleaning or cooking to make mom life a little easier.
Enlisting help is a smart way to make life less stressed and hectic.