Being a mom is grand, but it’s never all roses and ice cream. It’s hard, demanding, tiring, and most of all stressful.
It’s not that we don’t adore our little ones, but it’s hard to find a moment to breathe sometimes.
Here’s where I’m coming to your rescue, mamas.
I’ve got three ways to help you de-stress in under five minutes, read on.
1. Stop What You’re Doing And Breathe
Seriously, I’m not joking.
When you’ve had it up to here with the yelling, nagging, whining, and misbehaving, stop dead in your tracks, close your eyes, and breathe deeply.
Really feel yourself inhale and exhale. Do it at least five times and mean it – take a few more breaths if you feel you have to.
You can add in the whole ‘count to ten’ thing if you want to, but it isn’t necessary.
What your focus should be on is your breathing – deep, long, meaningful breaths in and out.
It will instantly ground you back to reality so you can get a grip on what’s happening around you.
2. Throw On Some Music And Dance
I know this is one of those things that can really only be done at home or in the car, but tossing on your favorite dance tune and shaking it with your kids will really switch the mood from havoc to fun in point two seconds.
And when I say dance tune, it doesn’t have to be a Lady Gaga song. Let it mean whatever is your musical forte – be it jazz, classical, or even a Buddhist chant.
I’m all over the map with music – my go-to de-stress songs are ‘It’s Raining Men’ and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman’, hey, to each his own.
Find your song (or songs) and turn the volume up, get the kids dancing with you and watch everyone’s mood lighten.
It’s not only the physical movement of dancing but also the laughing and smiling factors that will tell your brain it’s time to change from grumpy to glorious.
3. Hug Your Kids
The reason your little ones are acting up and out is because they want your attention, so give it to them.
Take a moment to connect with them by giving them a loving hug and gentle kisses everywhere.
Scoop them into your lap and stroke their hair. Ask them why they’re upset and come up with ways to dissolve their anger together rather than tossing out orders for them to follow.
This technique worked wonders for my son when he was two, three, four and so on – and it still does.
Not only will your kids appreciate being loved and listened to, but it also allows for you to understand them and their needs better so that everyone isn’t always constantly acting out to get their way.
Compromise, understanding, and an overall listening can do wonders for our kids.
Hear them out and let them know you’re there to help them and I guarantee it will lighten everyone’s spirits and the stress levels will drop instantaneously.
About the author: Danielle is a professional blogger, freelance writer, social media manager, and web content editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, start-ups and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.