Stress Survival Guide For Busy Moms
It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of work and life, especially as the holidays are fast approaching.
There is always so much pressure to keep going and do more. As a result of the demands of this busy urban life, many of us are feeling stressed, continually exhausted or a combination of the two.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or burnt out I invite you to incorporate mini-breaks into your day to reduce the stress and increase the peace in your life.
While we would all love a week-long tropical escape the reality is very different for most moms. (And let’s be honest traveling is often very anxiety-producing with travel delays and lost luggage!) However, we all can make five minutes to reset and realign back to calm throughout our day.
I invite you to try one of the practices below to reduce your stress and bring you back into alignment with the calm within.
Start by stepping away from your work computer, social media on your, phone or your kids for five minutes.
Take a Deep Conscious Breath
Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and exhale out of you mouth. This simple practise will bring you quickly back into alignment with yourself. Repeat.
Make Your Home A Quiet Zone
Make quiet a priority in your home. Unnecessary yelling or background noise increases the stress on the nervous system.
Make a Cup of Tea
Treat yourself to a cup of herbal tea and then take the time to enjoy it. If you’re at home stop and watch the kettle boil instead of busying yourself with another task like emptying the dishwasher. Just stand still, wait for the water to be ready, and you’ll feel the stress melt away. Once the tea is made sit down with it and savor the moment. Try my tea meditation.
Often when we feel anxious or stressed it’s because we are hungry. Instead of reaching for a coffee or a sugary treat, try some nutrient-dense whole foods to nourish your body and mind.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils like lavender, chamomile, and orange are associated with lowering blood pressure and heart rate and increasing happiness. I keep a roll-on of essential oils in my purse, car, and on my desk. This little act of pausing to administer a little self-care will instantly make you feel calmer.
Are you all work and no play? Making time to have fun and do things that make us laugh and smile are essential in our ability to manage stress. Not sure what is fun to you anymore? Check out my free mini passion challenge and rediscover what sets your soul on fire.