When you want to bust stress and you are a busy mom, you can’t go about it haphazardly. The fact is there are some tools that you can use to bust stress. You can’t call a friend without the tools to make the call, namely a phone, and that is true for stress as well. You can’t bust stress without the right set of tools.
For most of us mere mortals, tools are vital to the success of our daily lives. The following are your tools for stress busters as a busy mom:
Your stereo: Your stereo can act as a great tool for busting stress. You are a busy mom so that fact is taking time out from regular activities does not really work for you, so you have to find a way to bust your stress while still going full speed ahead. Well, this is where your stereo is going to be a life saver. Turn on some music. Good music, bad music, loud music, heavy music, light music, whatever! Your stress and tension will start to melt away if you scrub your dishes to the sounds of the Dixie Chicks singing “Earl had to Die.” So, pick your favorite songs, burn yourself a stress buster CD, and listen while you work, while you clean, while you drive. Make a theme song that you turn on when you are especially stressed out. It works, and you will find that music has a way of calming your soul, even if it is not calm music.
The Internet: Your best friend when you are a busy mom is the Internet. If you do not have time to figure out what to make for dinner, hop on the Internet and find a whole week’s worth of meal plans, recipes included for free. Print, send your husband out for the ingredients, and you are good to go. Want to order a pizza, but hate dealing with the teens who take the order, send your order in online. Need to get your kid to whatever, check the times online. The Internet is going to make your life easier. You just have to be willing to take the time to use it. It is amazing how useful it can be. So, instead of convincing yourself that looking up meal plans online is a waste of time, think about how much time you spend looking in the fridge and cupboards trying to figure out what to fix for dinner. You will save time, money, and energy, and all of that results in less stress.
Your husband (relative, neighbors, or friends): Believe it or not, one of the best tools for reducing stress is having someone else help you out once in a while. (No, we are not calling your husband a tool!). So, if for no other reason then you want to take a nap, have your husband fix dinner. Ask your neighbor if they want to do a meal swap. Did you know it takes almost no more energy to fix food for two families instead of just one? The concept is one that can really reduce your stress. You make food on Monday for you and your neighbor, and let them make food Wednesday. Suddenly you have some free time on Wednesday night, and your family still gets fed. Use people, let them make your life less stressful.
Recipe books, books on tape, clubs: Taking advantage of other people’s hard work is a great tool for reducing stress. You can flip open a recipe book and make what it says. You can turn on a book on tape, and enjoy a story while you fold laundry. Use technology as a tool to help you reduce stress.
The television: Sit your kids in front of it, and go get in the tub for a nice relaxing bubble bath. It is okay to let the television babysit your kids every now and then if it means you get some time for yourself to recharge and rejuvenate.