Mama, here's six simple steps to reduce stress
Motherhood is stressful, there is no denying it. But you are not alone. In a recent survey, over 70% of mums said that at times, they feel ‘incredibly stressed’ and overwhelmed with being a mum. But let’s face it, if all we had to do was be a mum then that might make things easier but it’s everything else that we need to do as busy mums that adds the pressure. Whether you are a working mum or a stay at home mum, life can be tough, even with lots of help from family and friends. Now throw into the mix, lockdown 2.0 and this will increase our stress levels even more.
So how can we try to reduce the stress we are under, given that time is limited, money may be tight and options of travelling or visiting people are off the cards for at least the next 28 days. Check out these six stress busting tips to bring a little bit of calm and tranquillity into your life.
Okay, that sounds easy enough to do, we do it all the time, right? I hope so anyway. A breathing technique which is proven to reduce your stress levels and anxiety levels is called the 4 7 8. The 4 7 8 technique is really easy to do and will make you feel instantly more relaxed and the good thing about it is that it can be done anywhere at any time.
So basically, you breathe in through your nose for a count of 4. Then you hold your breath for a count of 7 and then you exhale through your mouth for a count of 8. And that is it. Try it for yourself, it really does make a difference. It is recommended if you can do this for about 2 minutes you will feel the benefits but if you can manage up to 5 minutes then even better. Super simple, fast and effective, job done. Love it.
Again, not too tricky to do but works wonders on reducing our stress levels. So whether this is your toddler throwing peas at the wall or you are about to lose it because all you can hear is the word ‘mummy ‘mummy’ ‘mummy’, switch things up and try and find the funny side of things. Watch a comedy, have a tickle fight with your little ones, pull funny faces in the mirror with your kids, call a friend who always has you in stitches laughing. Whatever you can do to cause a giggle will definitely reduce your stress levels.
This is just sensible advice anyway but drinking water has incredible health benefits with regards to reducing stress plus the more you drink, the more you need to go to toilet and this alone, will help reduce stress levels. How you may ask? Well, if you are at work and have been stuck on your laptop for 2 hours, by needing to go to the toilet forces you into have a mini break from the laptop, you might stop on the way and grab another drink, you might meet someone one the way and have a quick chat to them. All of these things will help reduce your stress levels. So fill up your glass and get drinking.
Have you heard the phrase ‘dance as if no one is watching’ Well do this and do it often. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think you can dance, by putting on your favourite songs and moving around the room will dramatically reduce your stress levels. So whether it is a bit of head banging, latino shimmys or just some good old fashion Rick Astley dancing, get up and move your body.
Turn off the news.
I am a huge advocate for this. Exposing ourselves to a lot of negativity has a huge impact on our mood and stress levels. I used to have a news app on my phone and I would continually be reading it, getting notifications when any breaking news occurred and I realised that this was not good for me. About 5 years ago, I made a decision to remove all news apps on my phone and only watch the news very sparingly and this has made a massive difference to my life. I would highly recommend it. Try it for a week and see if it makes a difference to your stress levels and mood.
Whether this is a telephone call to a family member or friend, zoom is even better. Join a local online mums groups. Get in touch with friends that you have not spoken to for a long time. Knowing that you are not alone makes a huge difference to our stress levels. If you live in the South Cheshire area click here to join a fantastic and supportive mums group.
So there you have it. Six simple steps to reduce your stress levels. Let me know if you have any other ways that help to reduce your stress levels.
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