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30Sep 13

Stress management tips for working mums

Stress is an inevitable part of being a working mum. Balancing work and family is no easy feat! But just because stress is inevitable doesn’t mean there is nothing you can or should do about it. Because stress can have negative effects on your body and behaviour, including headache, stomach upset, chest pain, insomnia, irritability and anxiety, which can in turn can have negative effects on your performance at work and as a parent, it is important for working mums to learn how to manage stress in a healthy way.

One of the most immediate ways to handle stress is to diffuse it. Go somewhere you can be alone for a moment, close your eyes, breathe in for 10 seconds, and breathe out for 10 seconds. Remember the last time you felt content, and hold onto that feeling in your mind. Now, put the kettle on, make a cup of calming camomile tea, and read on for more stress management tips.

Stress management tips for working mums

Stress management tips for working mums

Take care of yourself

Healthy body, healthy mind. It is essential that you take the time to eat properly, exercise and catch up on sleep. If you don’t take care of yourself, not only will you lack the energy to tackle whatever stress comes your way, but your work and relationships will suffer. On top of that, your poor health and all that comes with it – illness, injuries, doctor visits and fatigue – will become another source of stress. We working mums have enough of it already!

I know that this can be difficult on a daily basis. With my two busy boys, I am forced to be creative. For the days I can’t go to the gym, we take brisk evening walks together as a family around the neighbourhood. For meals, thanks to a little research I now have a go-to list of quick and easy healthy recipes.

Ask for help

Don’t suffer on your own. Many working mums become stressed because they have too much to do in too little time. Never be afraid to ask for help from the people around you, even if that help comes at a small cost. Even Wonder Woman asked for help from time to time!  The time you save and stress you avoid make it worth it.

I employed my neighbour’s daughter to take Jack and Rodger to their football practices on Thursdays so that I have time to go to the gym and unwind before dinner. This small amount of “me” time helps me to relax and recharge.

Get organised

A little bit of organisation can go a long way for managing stress. When you are not organised, you are not in control, and the door is left wide open for you to make mistakes. The time you spend rectifying those mistakes could be better spent on something else.

Make a timetable for yourself and for your children and hang it in the kitchen. Invest in boxes and bins to avoid clutter around the house. Try moving your to-do list from scraps of paper to a computer spreadsheet for easier editing. By getting organised, you save yourself time, energy and stress.

 

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