Parenting is hard. Being a mom has been proven to be one of the most stressful roles a person can have. Single motherhood only adds to that stress.
On bad days dealing with tantrums, picky eaters, and children that won’t listen it is easy to feel overwhelmed and lost. When stress starts to take hold it can be difficult to meet your families needs. Reducing your stress is important to functioning well in your roll.
Take time away for quiet. This is easier said than done, but can make a world of a difference to a stressed-out mom’s ability to get things done. If you don’t have time to indulge in time to yourself for the fun of it at least take time way to run errands by yourself, or even put a movie on for the kids and get something done in a room by yourself where you can just breathe without someone yelling “MOM” for a few minutes.
Take care of your own basic needs. Often moms put everyone ahead of themselves, and that can lead to some major stress issues. Instead, make a point to watch that your own needs are being met. Have you had sleep? When was the last time you ate? Have you been drinking your water? So often we forget to take care of ourselves, magnifying everyday stressors unintentionally.
Break things down and delegate some of your to-do lists to your family. There’s no reason you should have to do all the work when the entire family can help with the chores. Make a list breaking each room down into small tasks. Then put the members of your family to work doing chores that they can handle. As you watch the list get crossed off your stress over the house will lessen. Hire outside help if you can. Is there a local teen who would come help out?
Meal plan when possible. Doesn’t getting meals done every day make you feel stressed and overwhelmed? Plan a menu that makes daily life easier on you. Freezer cooking and well-organized meal plans help you feed your family without stressing or resorting to foods you would rather avoid for convenience.
Try to allieviate financial stress. One big stressor on moms is often how to afford everything. Financial stress can put you through the wringer. If this is a major part of your stress, turn saving money into a bit of entertainment for you. Follow deal bloggers for great deals that will save you money in the long run on everything from household goods to clothes for the kids. Shop used and clearance sales to help lower everyday expenses.
Mom stress is real, and it can be overwhelming. These simple tips can at least help allieviate a portion of that stress.