Stress Management Techniques for Moms (1&2 of 10)

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We moms work hard for our families and kids!! And most of the time we love it.. but despite loving it.. it’s still stressful.  Did you know that even the good things in our lives can be stressful?  And that is ok.. it’s how our bodies are wired.

But it’s good information to know, because you don’t have to feel bad about feeling a little overwhelmed, even when things are good, but busy.  Understanding ourselves helps us to deal with it better and think about the stress relievers we want to be practicing all the time. It’s also good to know because it helps remind you that if your body can be stressed when life is GOOD think how much more it is when like is HARD!

Sometimes as moms we try to do everything for everyone else, often leaving ourselves feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. That stress is not good for anyone.. so let’s take some time to look at a few Stress Management Techniques for Moms…

“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” ~ Tenneva Jordan

Stress Management Techniques for Moms#1: Positivity and Expressing Gratitude

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ~ John F. Kennedy

When you are tired in the morning it can be hard but when you start your day in a positive frame of mind and are thankful for the things you do have, it’s much easier to face what the day brings when you see right in front of you how great your life REALLY is. Keep a journal so on more difficult days you can easily remind yourself.

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Then each morning and throughout the day, remind yourself what you are thankful for.  It can sound a little hokey but even putting up affirmation style notes with the things you are grateful for in your life can be wonderful positive reminders. You have a lot to be thankful for in your life.  It could be children, your spouse, your home or the good food you eat. It might be your job, a great friend or a pet. When you remember those little things, you have a much more positive outlook as you go through your day.

One of the best things, too, gratitude and appreciation costs you absolutely nothing (and we LOVE being frugal). Plus, staying positive makes you healthier might mean fewer trips to the doctor. Make sure to take some time each day to remember what you’re thankful for, will put a new, positive spin on your life.

Stress Management Techniques for Moms#2: Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

“Comparison is the death of joy.”~ Mark Twain

As moms we do this ALL THE TIME!! We want the best for our kids, as well as our selves.. so we love to compare ourselves other people.

But comparing yourself to someone else is one of the worst things you can do. You see the mom who looks great and seems to do it all, you read blogs and that makes it even worse, because we only see a VERY limited and censored part of a person’s life.  But you end up thinking that your WHOLE life should be like that as well.

The problem is, we’re not all the same and you have no idea what that woman’s life is really like. All you know is who you are, so be you. Make sure if you struggle with this, 1st take a break from engagement with people who you are comparing your self to, either in person or on the internet, then revisit Stress Buster #1: Positivity and Expressing Gratitude and get yourself back on the right track and in a great frame of mind before you re-engage with them again.

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