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Stress Busters for Moms

Stress Busters for Moms

The role of a parent is often stressful and can feel like a rollercoaster ride with its constant ups and downs. As many as eight in ten mothers feel completely overwhelmed by stress according to a Barna study, and there are situations that may regularly arise that can increase these stress levels. However, there are steps that moms can take to help them beat the stress. Here are some of the best stress busters for moms. 

 

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Take the Role of the Leader 

It is all too easy to let you children become the boss. You have to remember that you are in charge and it is your responsibility to take the lead in situations and make sure that things go your way. Too often, moms end up rearranging their lives according to the demands of their children, rather than children following the lead. 

John Rosemond, a psychologist and author, suggests that the choice of vocabulary used potentially has a big impact on how children respond to questions and instructions. For example, adding the word ‘OK’ onto the end of the question suggests to a child that they have a choice and that if it isn’t Ok with them then they do not have to follow instructions. 

Using certain words may be a difficult habit to break, but it is possible to do so if you start thinking about what you say. Before you issue demands or ask questions, ask yourself what it is you want to achieve and how your words may be interpreted by your child. 

Stop Treating Children Like Babies 

If children do not act responsibly or contribute to the household chores, all tasks become the responsibility of the parents. This can place unnecessary stress on the adults in the family as they try to juggle spending time with the children, work commitments, and household tasks. 

When children do not take responsibility for either chores or their behavior, it is not necessarily their fault. It is possible that they behave in such a way because you ‘baby’ them. If they are not given the responsibility in the first place, then how can you expect them to behave in a responsible and mature fashion? 

The main reason why moms ‘baby’ their children is because of their own needs. The want to feel important needed. As a result, they do not allow children to develop, mature and learn. It is possible that you are guilty of this without even realizing it is something you are doing. 

To resolve this situation, start allocating age-appropriate tasks to each of the children in your household. This will help them to learn responsibility and many other important life skills. Furthermore, as you reduce the number of chores that you complete on a daily basis, your stress levels will also reduce. 

How to Create Powerful Consequences 

Most parents are guilty of delivering empty threats. When their children misbehave, they will rant, threaten, plead give warnings and lose their temper. If you are guilty of these actions, you will most probably realize by now that you do not get the results you want or expect. 

Instead of acting in this way, you should plan ahead how you will handle situations and what the consequences of misbehavior will be for your children. Get creative with your responses and you might get the results you want. The most important thing of all is to be consistent with your approach to discipline. 

busy-momPositive rewards for good behavior is another way you can get children to behave in a desirable way. Not only will children want to behave and make a positive contribution to household chores, their misbehavior will also reduce. As a result, your stress levels will also decrease and you will feel like less you are fighting a constant battle with your children and getting nowhere. 

Exercise Regularly 

Although you are most likely aware of most of the general health benefits of regular exercise, you might wonder how it will help you to cope as a parent and beat stress. It can lower your levels of stress, boost your immune system and improve your mood. Some studies showed that exercise is more beneficial to people suffering from depression than antidepressants. 

Taking an exercise class can also give you a much-needed break away from your children and you should not feel guilty about that. If you cannot spend the time away from your child, then incorporate some exercise into your daily routine with them. Not only will you all get fitter, exercise is a great way to have fun and bond with your children. 

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Meditate 

Meditation is another way that moms can beat stress in their daily lives. There are many different ways you can choose to do this. For example, you may choose to pray, meditate to music or practice deep breathing exercises. The most important thing is, to have some time alone to do this. 

Using this strategy will help to keep you calm, allow you to reflect and reduce your overall levels of stress. Some moms find it beneficial to start the day with meditation as it helps them to prepare for the day ahead in a more relaxed manner. 

These are just some of the many strategies that you can start implementing to help you to beat stress. Not only will this make your life easier and more pleasant, it will also have wider benefits for the whole family. 

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