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of the SuperMom Trap
face it, every mom has had one of "those days". The baby is
feed and dry but very fussy, your child forgot to tell you about a
science project that is due tomorrow and hands you a list of 10
things that you must get from the store, you forgot the roast in the
oven and now it is dry and your husband just called to say that he
is stuck at the office... again!
After a day like this, it can be
very hard to keep your stress level low. With each passing minute
you may feel your stress and irritability rising, your patience
getting shorter and your fuse about to blow! Calgon Take Me Away!!
When you feel the need to escape and take a few minutes to yourself
to de-stress, follow some (if not all) of the tips below.
Put yourself in time out: Allow some alone time for yourself.
Use this time to focus on you. Find a place in your home that you
can go to and find privacy. You can ask your partner or a friend to
take the family out for a few hours while you enjoy your alone time.
Do nothing, sleep, read, watch a movie, and just enjoy your
Call a Friend: Rather than yelling at your husband or your
children, try picking up the phone and vent to a friend. Be sure not
to vent AT her, but rather tell her about your day and get it all
out. If she offers you some advice, listen and soak it in. This
mini-time out session will leave you feeling heard, de-stressed and
you will find that by the end of your call some of you anger will
Play: As adults, we sometimes forget the beneficial value of
play. Play stimulates our imagination, encourages our creativity,
boosts our energy, and best of all, it is fun. Try a game of tennis,
a game of cards online or perhaps invite some friends over for an
evening of adult board games.
Meditate: Meditation has been proven to reduce your blood
pressure, and helps to dramatically reduce your stress level.
Meditation and/or prayer will help you to keep in touch with your
spiritual side. Meditation is a very effective method of relaxation.
To meditate, quiet your mind and allow yourself to focus on one
thing, such as your breath. Find a relaxed comfortable position
where Try visualizing good health and peace as you inhale. While you
are breathing out breathe out all of your stress. Set aside
approximately 20 minutes for this exercise. Upon completion, you
will see just how much more relaxed your mind and body is.
Take a nap: Find a quiet, comfortable spot and take a nap.
Even a short power nap can leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and
more focused. Studies have shown that people who spent 30 minutes
each day napping had one third less heart disease than those who
Eat: Not just anything but certain things. Studies show that
certain foods can help reduce stress. Carbohydrates will actually
soothe you. Good sources of carbohydrates include rice, pasta,
potatoes, breads, air-popped popcorn and low-calorie cookies.
Experts suggest that the carbohydrates present in just one baked
potato or a cup of spaghetti or white rice, is enough to relieve the
anxiety of a stressful day.
Movie Time: If you donít have anyone to watch the children
for you while you de-stress. Put in one of their favorite movies,
supply your children with a few healthy snacks, and have them occupy
themselves for a little while so that you can take a breather.
Don't feel guilty for taking time out to rejuvenate your mind and
body. Being a mom is not an easy task and it is a full time job.
Take a break when you need it and be sure to ask for help to keep
the stress at bay.
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