Whether you have one child or five, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done that needs doing and it is virtually impossible to be all things to all people. Being a mother is one of the most rewarding experiences in life but it can also be one of the most stressful obligations on earth. If you are a tired mum struggling to keep your head above water, here are a few stress relieving tips that just might make life a bit easier.
1. Laughter Is the Best Medicine
There is nothing quite as healing as laughter. Want to relieve stress? Find something funny and laugh until your gut hurts. Watch funny films, read funny jokes or simply look at all the things you found stressful in the past that turned out to be nothing at all and laugh at your silly mistakes. According to the renowned Mayo Clinic in the USA, laughter really is the best medicine and in their words, it is no joke.
2. Get Away from It All
No, you may not have the resources to get away for a weekend, but you do have other options available to you. Find somewhere quiet to simply sit and do nothing. That’s right do nothing whatsoever. Just sit and relax, read a good book, eat some comfort foods or just listen to your favourite music. Find a sitter for the kids, and perhaps just go outside and take advantage of the great outdoors. Luxury garden rooms were built just for this purpose so if you don’t already have one, it’s time you consider having one built just for you in moments like these.
3. Buddy Up and Talk It Out
Sometimes talking it out helps tremendously. You don’t need to pay for a fancy psychiatrist or group counsellor. Find a close friend and buddy up. She can talk to you when she feels like she is going off the deep end and you can do the same. Talking it out releases some of that built up tension and is actually one of the preferred ways of relieving stress. You don’t need to find solutions here. The mere act of getting it off your chest is sometimes healing enough!
4. Let Loose and Let Go
Do something silly. Run around the block in your pyjamas, go outside and scream at nothing in particular or start singing silly songs. Get the adrenaline flowing and for lack of better words, let loose and let go. You would be surprised at how something as simple as acting silly can be a tremendous stress reliever. Envision whatever you are doing to ‘let go’ as letting go of all those things in your life that are stressing you out and keeping your nerves stretched tight.
5. Dance to the Music
Put on your favourite hip hop song and dance away the blues! Dancing gets the blood flowing, brings oxygen to the brain and is actually a good form of exercise at the same time. Stress causes you to hold your breath so by increasing your activity you will get more blood pumping, oxygen carried to the brain and you would be surprised just how quickly you recover.
6. Learn to Adapt a Little
We have had it drilled into our heads since we were little girls that structure is the foundation of healthy living. Whilst that may be true, sometimes we carry it a bit too far. Just because everyone expects dinner on the table at 6pm on the dot or bedtime at 8:00 for the kids and 10:00 for the adults, none of this is written in stone. If something comes up throwing you off schedule now and again, who cares? Learn to adapt and you would be amazed at how stress-free you will be!
7. Take a Nap
One final tip may do more good than all the others combined. When you are at the end of your wits just lay down for a bit and take a short nap. It has been proven time and again that we heal when we are at rest so just take a nap. Wake up refreshed and face the world with a totally new outlook. You’ll feel so much better for it.Yes, being a mum can be stressful but you wouldn’t trade it for all the money in the world. If stress is causing you unnecessary anguish, just try one of more of these tips and see how much better you’ll feel for it. You’ll be glad you did!