Seven Signs of a Stressed-Out Mom (and what you can do about it!)

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By Mary Jane Bogle as seen in Country Living magazine

Hey, Mom, when was your last stress test? No, I’m not talking about running on a treadmill with monitors hooked up to your heart. I’m talking about the stress levels in your home. With the holidays just around the corner, you might want to add a quick tension check-up to your to-do list. How you rate against these seven signs of stress can have a big impact on your holiday season.

1. SLEEP. You’re not getting any, or at least not enough. Mom Sense Rx: Turn off the TV at least an hour before bed. Better yet, don’t turn it on at all – enjoy a good book or long bath instead. Cut out the caffeine, too. Your day will run more smoothly is you get a good night’s sleep.

2. SAYING “NO.” You don’t do it often enough. Overcommitment is the quickest way to send your life spinning out of control. Mom Sense Rx: Let someone else run the bake sale, plan the Christmas play or host the family get-together. Keep your focus where it matters most – at home.

3. SAYING “YES.” If “no” is your instant response to your kids’ requests for your time and attention, it’s time to refocus. Mom Sense Rx: Reprogram your instincts and indulge your kids’ interests. Bake the cookies. Play in the snow. Get out the finger paints and Play-Doh. Not only will you build a lifetime of memories, but you just might find some personal renewal in the process.

4. SELF-CONTROL. You seem to have lost it somewhere along the way. Raising your voice and snapping at the kids (and husband) is no way to spend the holidays! Mom Sense Rx: Inhale and exhale slowly, then count to 10 before you respond to any stressful situations.

5. SUSTENANCE. A Pop-Tart and a cup of coffee do not a calm mother make. Mom Sense Rx: Take time for three nutritious meals every day. Consider talking with your doctor about supplements, too. That extra vitamin B and omega-3 might be just the thing your worn-out body needs.

6. SOCIAL LIFE. If you find yourself complaining about kids, husband and house with your friends, it’s time to change the conversation – or the friendships! Mom Sense Rx: Surround yourself with people who encourage you and build you up as a wife and mom.

7. SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE. When was the last time you took a moment to renew your soul? Mom Sense Rx: A daily quiet time for reflection and prayer will do wonders to keep your focus positive and upbeat.

Taking steps to handle your daily stress now – let alone the extra tension holidays often bring – will reap dividends come Thanksgiving or Christmas morning, helping you and your family experience peace on earth – and in your home!

1 comment for “Seven Signs of a Stressed-Out Mom (and what you can do about it!)

  1. November 11, 2013 at 11:49 am

    An excerpt from
    Oil for Your Lamp
    by Lisa Hammond and BJ Gallagher
    Virtually every woman we know has the same problem—she knows what’s good for her, but she often doesn’t do it. She knows she should eat less and exercise more, but still she doesn’t make healthy choices. She knows she needs to spend her time and money more effectively, but good time and money management elude her. She finds herself always putting others first, while neglecting her own needs and wants. She doesn’t get enough rest or sleep and her endless to-do list hangs overhead like the sword of Damocles. As our friend Brenda Knight laments frequently, “Why am I always riding in the back of my own bus?”

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