Stress Buster #1
First Remember This: If Mom’s Not Happy, Nobody’s Happy
“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” ~ Tenneva Jordan
You’ve probably heard the saying, “If mom’s not happy, nobody’s happy,” but have you really thought about what it means? We mothers try to do everything for everyone else, often leaving ourselves feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. That stress, in turn, affects our loved ones – the very people we are living each day for.
Think about it. If you’re stressed out, worrying about all the things you have to do each day, it affects the kids. You rush them, you get impatient and they start to feel that stress too. So even if you feel you can’t reduce your stress just for you, realize that when you’re stressed out, it negatively impacts those around you.
With that in mind, let’s get to our stress-busters…
Stress Buster #1: Be Positive and Express Gratitude
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie
Sometimes it’s hard to do, but when you start your day in a positive frame of mind and are thankful for the things you do have (and you almost certainly have plenty), it’s much easier to face what the day throws in your face.
Each morning and throughout the day, remind yourself what you are grateful for. Whether it’s your children, your spouse, the roof over your head or the food on your table, you have plenty to be thankful for. Maybe it’s your career, a special friend or a beloved pet. When you remember those little things, you have a much more positive outlook that takes you through the day.
The great thing is, gratitude and appreciation costs you absolutely nothing. In fact, staying positive makes you healthier and probably means you’ll save a ton on Advil and other self-medication. Take a moment each day to remember what you’re grateful for and it makes just about everything else more bearable.