Being a stay-at-home mom means you’re always on edge. You’re always the one rushing about making sure everything’s okay. The mornings are the worst! Running around the house getting everyone ready for school. Making breakfast, packing bags, getting clothes ready. Yep, the daily life of a mom, is tough from the off. It doesn’t stop there either. Once everyone’s off to school you have a whole day ahead of you. Maybe you still have a small child, and they’ll need attention throughout the day. Taking care of a kid and making sure the house stays clean and tidy can be taxing tasks. Make no mistake, being a stay-at-home mom is not easy work. In fact, it can be stressful and take a toll on your well-being. It’s important to recognize when you’re stressed and what’s stressing you out. Once you’ve done that you can work on ways to de-stress! This post will go through some of the main reasons you’re stressed, as a mom, and what you can do about them:
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You’re doing too much work! Running around for everyone else is tough. You need to find ways to limit the amount of work you do around the house. I’m not suggesting you neglect your kids needs or just leave things in a mess. But come up with ideas to make hard tasks easier. A tough task that usually falls to the mom is washing dishes after every meal. You’ve just spent ages slaving away, and everyone gobbles up their food then runs away again, leaving you with the plates. You can make this easier by doing one of two things; buy a dishwasher or give your kids incentives to clean their dishes. Promising them an after dinner treat can be an easy way to get their attention. By washing their own dishes, you have less work to do, and you’re also teaching your kids to clean up after themselves.
Post-Pregnancy Self-Confidence Issues
After going through pregnancy, many moms are left feeling self-conscious about their looks. Looking in the mirror, staring at the extra weight and scarring/stretch marks is a sure way to get yourself stressed. You start to feel like you’ll never look like you did pre-pregnancy ever again. It’s something we shouldn’t get stressed about, but we do. But don’t fret, you aren’t stuck with a post-pregnancy body for life. Only for as long as you decide on it. Make some changes to your life, become more active to help lose some of that weight. You don’t have to do it alone either; you can keep fit as a family, together. You could also invest in an ultimate mommy makeover to get you back to feeling more like the ‘old’ you.
Lack Of Sleep
One of the main causes of stress for stay-at-home moms, and moms everywhere; lack of sleep. Whether it’s your newborn crying throughout the night or your partner snoring keeping you up. It seems all mom’s go through a period of zero sleep each night. When you don’t get the right amount of sleep, your body releases a stress hormone. Ironically, not getting enough sleep is stressful, and stress is one of the main causes of insomnia. So you’re stuck in an endless cycle. Find ways to improve your nights sleep, relax before bed. If you can deal with your stress, then you should sleep better. As a result, if you sleep more, you won’t be as stressed. As I said, it’s a strange cycle that loops back on itself.
No-one truly understands the life of a stay-at-home mom, other than those in similar positions. People often act like it’s an easy life, you don’t have to go to work so it should be easy, right? Wrong. Being a stay-at-home mother is a job in its own right. It is a stressful life to live. So I hope this article has helped you realize what’s causing you stress, and how to deal with it.