I am a mother of a 4 year old and stress management therapy is an important part of my routine. The life of a mother is not at all easy. Taking care of children, handling office work and doing house chores on regular basis does get overwhelming thus causing stress. If you are in India, you can add traffic stress as well as it is impossible to drive on Indian roads without stress.
Stress is our body’s response to pressures from situations or events. All of us experience stress at some point in our life. The intensity and type of stress varies from situation to situation and also people to people. If stress gets too chronic and frequent, it will have a deep impact on health and well-being.
Mother are very easily prone to stress especially if they are new to motherhood since they encounter new and unexpected situations on regular and often terrifying basis.
When we encounter stress, our body produces stress hormones that triggers us to react in an inappropriate way causing trouble to people around us. When parents are stressed it transmits to children making them act negatively and often violently to situations.
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In a household where stress is regular visitor, we can expect children to be more aggressive and demanding. Most children spend more time with their mothers and so it is quite important for a mother to follow a stress management therapy.
Tips to manage stress at home
Each person has different way to deal with situations or solve their problems and same is situation with relieving stress. A friend of mine loves to meditate to manage her stress while I just can’t sit still to mediate. I do, however, love feeding pigeons and that somehow has a very calming effect on my mind
Following simple steps could help reduce stress. I have tried a couple of stress management therapies, some of them did help but at the end of the day, I had to devote time and money for it and it was not a long term solution.
Before stress becomes a chronic issue, it is better to find easy solutions at home to encounter stress and lead a stress-free life.
Stress Management therapy at home
Exercise – one might think you might have to devote too much time for this but it is not true. We can be creative about our exercise routine and develop simple movements that could help us release positive hormones (which are called endorphins) that reduce stress.
It is not a hidden fact that water plays an important role in keeping us healthy. Drinking Luke warm glass of water when you are feeling overwhelmed could be great. This not only triggers relaxation but also is beneficial for our body as warm water gets blood circulation going.
This is an easy stress management therapy. To be honest, this is most difficult for me since I simply can’t focus and sit down. One of my friends meditates for only 10 minutes and feels refreshed the whole day. For her it works like magic.Altering routines – This does get difficult for working mothers but could be managed on weekends. Altering routines keep your life unexpected and could help you manage stress as routine life usually gets very monotonous. You are well prepared when you encounter new situations. Most couples prefer stepping out on weekends just to relax and enjoy some luxury.I usually try to get a head massage and all the pressure melts away.
This is quite difficult for mothers as it would need time but this could allow you to get some space and focus your mind. Most mothers love reading but can’t find time. It is a great idea to allocate sometime in week to follow your passion. Read, write, paint, anything but DO IT. My son loves to color, I don’t like it but I sit down with him and try hands on it. This way I am able to spend time with him and do something different than usual which is actually a lot of fun.
This is mostly for fathers (believe it or not, men love to cook). Mothers have to be in kitchen regularly and so nothing new for them but father should spend time to cook. Believe me cooking could allow you to reduce stress levels even after a stressful day at office. Remember trying something new is the key. Mothers, don’t forget to WhatsApp your spouses this article. It might help J
Yes! It is not easy to incorporate Yoga but we can always try. Yoga is not difficult and you could open YouTube and see for yourself. Simple yoga could turn your life.
Now this is an easy one. Set an alarm for 10 minutes and start deep breathing. ONLY 10 MINUTES and you are all set for the day.
Fruits are God’s gift to mankind. I love fruits and have always preferred them over vegetables and meat. I always motivate people to add fruits in their diet. Banana, grapes, berries and apples are easy. Just grab and eat. Great for lazy people.
Best medicine. Sometimes observing situations from different angle may sound amusing. And this is definitely worth a try. When I get stressed, I prefer watching a cartoon or funny videos or funny things my kid does.
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Eating a balanced diet is quite important. Remember to add a glass of milk. We need all the calcium and protein in our world. It is worth it.
Overall, focus on being happy. If something is bothering you, let it go or share it with anyone. It really doesn’t matter as noone really cares about you that much (contrary to what you think) as all this will achieve is making you feel better.
I am sure there are many other ways to encounter stress at home I would be happy to know how you encounter stress. Leave your thoughts in the comment section.
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