Being a mother is not an easy job whatsoever. Juggling between work and the kids can take a serious toll on both physical and mental health, if not taken care properly. Here are some tips on how to reduce stress and bask in the joy of motherhood:
Learn your triggers and stress signs: Learning to identify your triggers and stress signs will help you keep calm and understand yourself better. Rising blood pressure or spiked heart rate, anxiety, dizziness, speaking loudly and high levels of restlessness are some classic stress signs in mothers. Next time when you undergo some of these feelings, take a step back and calm yourself.
Take a break: You may not be able to avoid all stress, but you can get away for just a few moments to feel less overwhelmed and tired. It is important to give yourself a break. It will give you some much wanted ‘me’ time and help you not lose rhythm in your daily routine.
Meditation and deep breathes: Take a deep breath and relax. Deep abdominal breathing and medication are proven to be highly helpful to moderate stress and help the body relax. It is also good to introduce some form of praying or yoga into your routine to help the body relax and regain its energy.
Talk to other mothers: One of the emotional and psychological symptoms of stress are loneliness, low self-esteem and self-worth, and constantly second-guessing about decisions. Meeting fellow mothers over a hot cup of tea and sharing your stressful experience is a great way to both socialize and relieve stress in your life.
Worry less, do more: Focus on the things that you can control. Being the mother of a newborn, you must learn to pick your battles. It is good to create a to-do list every day and stick to the list and accept the fact that you cannot do everything.
Sleep: Once you become a mother, sleep becomes a luxury. Denying yourself from the solid 8 hours of sleep are only going to more pressure to your body. If the body doesn’t get enough sleep, it may cause an increase in stress hormones and restless behaviours. Try to keep your sleep pattern on track.
Stress is a silent killer and it can be very harmful if not attended properly. It is good to visit a qualified psychologist before you go through the worst times.