A picture of a stressed mum

Being a parent is not an easy job at all, it’s indeed a full-time job. It takes all-day, everyday commitment. Some days, it may feel like just too much and you don’t have an option but to put in your best and do what you are supposed to do and of cause do it well.
Sure we are lucky enough to become mothers. As mothers we sacrifice almost everything, our bodies, we sacrifice our careers, our sleep, our time, our hobbies, our dreams, careers whatever it takes, to make sure our little people get the best out of life. It’s an unwritten code, we put our lives on hold so that we can propel our children into the future.
You MUST make sure that you take care of you. Above everything else. You must make time for you. Do something, even if it’s just one thing, every day, for you. To make you happy. Because when you are happy, your children, your husband, your partner, your family and friends, even your boss, all will surely benefit from it.
Has parenting stressed you out? try these tips to help you calm down;

Rest, recharge, relax
Getting enough sleep is very  important for recharging your parenting “batteries.” When you’re awake, how you breathe helps you keep your cool. Take deep breaths in and let all the air out when you exhale. Deep breathing may lower your heart rate and help your body relax, even on your most hectic days.     

Exercise regularly and eat well
Exercise is a great way to manage stress, keep our body healthy and strong even if you only have 10 minutes at a time. Eating healthy foods can give you the energy you need to deal with parenting stress. A weekly meal plan you can live with can help you work good-for-you foods into your family menu.

Choose your battles
if home sometimes feels like a war zone, try to step back and take a look at what all the fighting is about and try to keep calm knowing fully well that there is really no need for all the fuss, Figure out what’s most important to you and what you can let slide. Getting your children to do their homework etc.

Learn to say “no” sometimes
There are only 24 hours in a day and you can only do so much. Saying “yes” to everything everybody asks you to do may take time away from your family and add to your stress. Say “no” every once in a while.

Accept (and ask for) help from others
If a grandparent or friend mentions that they’d be happy to babysit for a few hours, take them up on the offer. Plan a fun time out with your partner, friends, or all by yourself. If nobody has volunteered to help, don’t be afraid to ask. If you don’t ask, people don’t know what you need.

Invest in yourself
If you’ve been taking care of everyone but yourself, give yourself a break. Whether it’s taking a warm bath, setting up a regular girls’ night out (or in) with friends, or taking 20 minutes for a walk around your neighborhood, investing in yourself is a good way to relieve stress.

Make time for family fun
Between your job, tackling piles of laundry, and the many other things you do, weeks may go by without you really having fun with your family. Go for a long walk with your partner, have a picnic at a nearby park, or plan a family game night to break the routine. 


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