Being a mom and feeling stressed out unfortunately go hand-in-hand, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. While it’s impossible to completely avoid feeling overwhelmed at times, there are plenty of impactful ways to get a better handle on your emotions even on the busiest of days. A good way to stay ahead of any stress as moms juggle their current commitments is by having a solid stress management plan. If you’re a mom who battles anxiety from the daily stressors of your current routine, use the tips below to help guide you through. 

Keep Track of Your Emotions

Sometimes, especially in the continued days of being stuck at home, our emotions can get the best of us. Many moms might even feel like they have no time to acknowledge how they feel at all. If this has been the case for you, try starting a mood tracker journal just for your emotions. This current season of life is a rare one, which is why now is the perfect time to log your experiences and how they make you feel. Logging such things is an outlet for anyone hoping to prioritize their mental health more, and better understand themselves. As you track your moods, start this process by identifying what emotion you are feeling, and what may have caused the emotion. Then, ask the follow up question of if your emotion was the appropriate response, and expand on this. Make a habit of this each day, and after a few weeks, take a look back on what you’ve written. Notice how your moods change each day, what might have caused such shifts, or if your reaction was even merited, and then try to identify some patterns. Do the shifts in your mood usually involve other family members, or are they changes of your own making? Whether the patterns have formed from within, or from an outside source, being able to keep track of them will ultimately help you to take control of your emotions over time, and as a result, lower your stress!

Remember Yourself

Most moms are so focussed on their family’s happiness that they often completely forget about their own. While it’s in the nature of every mom to put their family first, taking no time for yourself will certainly lead to more stress and even burn out. The next time you have a free moment to yourself, create a list of things you would like to get done that will bring you peace and identify how you can be creative with your time to do so.

If you haven’t had a chance to do something for yourself in a while try looking for ways you can upgrade outdated things you already own. Most moms do a great job of upgrading the wants and needs of the rest of the family, but tend to neglect themselves when it comes to even the most basic essentials. When looking for things to upgrade, ask yourself what basic areas of your life tend to be collecting the most dust. For example, when was the last time you organized or refreshed something as simple as your underwear drawer? If this has been an activity you’ve been neglecting, now is the perfect time to purge the pairs you never wear and upgrade to a couple new pairs of classic underwear you’ll wear every day. It’s important to try to start every day with your best foot forward, making upgrades like this a practical investment for the coming months. Even the most subtle changes will make you feel refreshed and accomplished, helping to manage your stress levels with ease. In the coming weeks, try to put some of your energy into a productive and refreshing activity like a drawer clean out as this will give the neglected areas of your life some extra love. 

Stay Organized

One of the best ways to try and prevent stress altogether is by staying organized. Whether you’re a buisness-woman or a stay at home mom, jumping back into your regular routine can be overwhelming. The perfect way to combat this is by making delegation your best friend. Try your best to delegate chores around the house more instead of doing everything yourself. While it might be hard at first to let go of trying to do it all, it’s especially important to ask for help when needed instead of creating more stress for yourself.

Beyond delegation, try looking for organizational tools that have been proven to help moms in the past. Having an easy to use weekly menu board written out is a great way to consolidate your grocery list and will be one less thing you need to worry about during the week. Try making this organizational task interactive by asking your kids to help you fill out the meal chart with colorful chalk, or even by taking turns picking a sous chef to assist with dinner each night. Keeping the little things organized at home as you schedule out your time will save you a lot of stress in the long run. 


Prioritize Sleep

Perhaps the biggest stress inducer for moms is dealing with a lack of sleep. From meal prep to shopping, there are plenty of days that can feel never ending. Though it might feel as if the responsibilities of moms have no end, there should always be enough time for a good night sleep or a small nap. Take some time in the coming weeks to consider how you might be able to change your sleep schedule. Can you arrange to have someone around to watch the kids so you can get some extra Zs? Don’t be afraid to ask family or friends for help. On the flip side, if you usually have time for sleep but things tend to be too loud or hectic for you to relax, it might be time to try some new sleep tactics. Look for a calming white noise machine you can add to your bedside table to help drown out the sounds of after school chaos, or if you’re currently losing out on sleep because of a child’s lack of sleep, try looking into sleep training tactics to help you and your child sleep more. While these ideas might feel silly at first, it’s important not to rule them out. Not getting enough sleep can ruin the things you love most as a mom, making you cranky during times you would rather be joyful. The bottom line is, even just an extra hour of sleep can make a huge difference in your day, so prioritize it.