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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Stressed Out Mom? Try These Stress Busters

 by Kat Hafen


 As a mom, you know how hard it is to take a minute for yourself and unwind. It seems like someone constantly needs your help; laundry needs to be done, meals need to be made, homework needs to be completed. It's no wonder that mothers in general are stressed out and burned out. All of the work that you do for everyone in your home leaves you little time to concentrate on yourself and your needs.

However, being a burned out mom is not only bad for your overall health, it's not good for the rest of the family either. While you think you may be slaving away to serve your family, a stressed out and frazzled mom can only do so much before she needs time to recharge. Not taking time for yourself is a disservice to your family, as they want the best mom you can be, not a stressed out, tired and cranky version. Make sure you try some of these stress busters next time you're feeling worn out.

Take a grownup time out. When you find your temper reaching boiling point, it's time to take a minute to breathe. If you can, get a babysitter for an hour or see if a relative wouldn't mind watching the kids for an hour, and go shopping, go to the library, or grab a coffee. It doesn't need to be anything more than an hour, but if you spend some time doing something that you like to do on your own, you'll come back recharged and ready to jump in again.

Choose a hobby. Whether it is fitness, crafting, reading, or writing, choose something that you love to do. You can even involve your kids in it. If you love fitness, take the kids to the park while you run a few laps on the track. Crafts are a great way to keep kids occupied. Whatever you love to do, make sure you make the time to do enjoyable things; not everything has to be about the children.

Try writing a blog. A blog is an online journal through which you can relay your triumphs and frustrations as a mother. This can help you put your feelings into words. Blogs can be totally anonymous, so you can write what you want and use it as a creative outlet for your stress that builds up during the simple day to day.

About the Author:
Kat Hafen is a veteran mom of three who created and designed the HugaMonkey baby sling. Kat is an avid baby sling supporter because of the positive impact it can have on babies. HugaMonkey has $25 baby slings and offers free shipping. Get your baby slings at HugaMonkey.


  1. We can get over worked and stressed out from time to time so it is so important for us to take some personal time! In the end it is better for our entire family...

    Try taking some "Mom Holidays" every once and a while!

  2. There are many factors today that take part in making us feel more stressed out. Men, women, and even kids do get stressed also. And as we all know, stress can lead you to a variety of illnesses like hypertension, gum disease, and cancer. So let's take care of ourselves for the sake of our loved ones.