Mums, protect your sanity and try this…

 

By Rachel Myles

Wellbeing is defined as ‘the state of being comfortable, happy, or healthy’. It describes how you are feeling in all the aspects of yourself, and how you deal with day-to-day life. Most people rarely feel 100% in mind, body and soul, and how you’re feeling can change by day, month or year. Each individual has their own burdens they carry each day, and it’s enough to drive them up the wall.

Now many things can affect your mental health and wellbeing, such as job stress, money issues and social scenarios. But there is one thing that can create a total upheaval in your life and give you more stress and emotions to deal with than you ever thought possible – becoming a mum. This life-altering, beautiful thing can be the best and hardest thing in the world, and women everywhere certainly do not get enough credit for what they take on, when they wait that pain-staking 2 minutesĀ  to see the blue plus sign on that little stick which changes everything.

March has been the month for mummies out there; it has a day, just for you ladies, to celebrate all the wonderful things you do. You wake up, do breakfast, dishes, washing, driving to school, tantrums, tears and much more all before 9am. Phew, it makes me tired just thinking about it.

So, here are a few things we thought you could try when it all gets too much for you and you want to scream.

stressed-mum smlTalking! Surprisingly, having a gab with one your friends or your siblings and just getting it all out can make you feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Don’t be afraid to rant about how much the kids are getting on your nerves or how you just wish you had more time to yourself. You are not being selfish by doing this. It’s normal. Take some time while you’re meant to be doing housework, or helping out at school and invite a friend round instead, or pick up the phone to chat, and don’t beat yourself up for having negative feelings. More people feel this way than you’ll ever know.

Diet is another huge factor. It’s not always easy when you’re busy busy busy to eat well, but try to make small changes here and there to be healthier. It is a proven fact that healthy eating has a HUGE positive impact on your mood. Eat breakfast, have more fruit, veg and water and eat dinner at an earlier time. You will see the difference!

This one might not be easy, but you have to try it! Relaxing. Taking a long hot bath for 30 minutes will do the trick. Or going on a leisurely walk and having time to breathe and think. Try learning some 5-minute breathing techniques if you are really stuck for time, and if you’re not, take up yoga and meditation. Yoga is a great way to reduce stress and help you to get fit too, it can make you feel positive and refreshed. You can find YouTube videos online, or there may be sessions local to you if you search for them. Either way, relaxing is a big help to your general well-being.

One last tip to help you feel confident and happy each and every day is to keep learning. Always be broadening your horizons and staying in touch with the world. Reading the newspaper and taking an interest in politics, health and society will make you feel empowered as well as interesting. It is a great thing being in the know and it’ll make you a great conversationalist. As well as that, have a new hobby or skill, learn an instrument or knit, bake, sew. Anything that keeps your engaged will give you something to focus on and it will increase your optimism and reduce your stress levels.

On the whole mummies, just take some time for you to focus on your mental, physical and emotional well-being, so you’re playing hard as well as working hard and use these steps as and when you need them.

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