Many mommies have the joy of never clocking out. When they leave their full-time job away from home, they clock into their full life job as a mother. Depending on how stressful their daytime job can be, it can make for a tough transition. Here are some tips to minimize the stress of your home life, because we all know that a happy mom makes for a happy home!
So here are 5 Simple Tips for Moms to Quickly Shake Off Stress:
Listen To Your Favorite Tunes
Yes, pump up the volume and fill your car with symphonic melodies that will melt your stress away on the way home from work. Tune into a song that will help you transfer some of your negative energy to “never never” land. Sometimes it can take at least 3 songs to help me empty my day before I swing open the door to “Mother, May I”.
If it’s affordable, hire another set of hands. You will have to assess when the help will be in its highest demand. Do you need more help when you first walk through the door, when the children need help with homework, when dinner has not been prepped yet, or as you wind down the day? Could you use someone to help you pack lunches, prep breakfast, iron clothes, or just get the kiddies in the bath? You can hire a college student at $10 an hour. This is not something you’ll need every day, but on the days when you have had it up to “here”. Since, you’re holding the measuring stick only you know where “here” is.
If you have an amazing partner/husband then make sure you are intentional on letting him know exactly what you need. Don’t ever feel like “he should know” because that’s a surefire way of getting even more stressed and upset. If you don’t have the support at home, go out and create your own “village”. Look online and join some support groups for moms. You’d be amazed at how much is out there, when all you have to do is ask. Trading services with another mom does great wonders to keep your sanity in check.
Create a schedule
I am nothing, without my phone and calendar. Most working moms keep a calendar and schedule appointments based off of what time is available on their calendar. I realized that I was usually more sane at work simply because I kept a tight calendar. I was rarely thrown off guard because I knew what to expect. Once I learned that I needed to apply this same rule to my home life, it gave me back my peace of mind.
Hugs For Everyone
When you walk through the door and you find Mommy Mayhem, simply demand a group hug. “Stop whatever you are doing and give me a hug now”. Chances are the children miss you and they are subconsciously looking for attention, and it is highly likely that you could use a hug to remind yourself why you signed up for any of this anyway. Hugging makes it better, it’s calming, it’s loving and it’s proven to reduce stress.
What stress-free tips do you have to keep you going when the going gets tough?