6 Tips to Find Balance in Motherhood

Motherhood can be overwhelming at times as many of us balance cooking, cleaning, working, laundry, driving to and from kids activities, nursing, grocery shopping and on and on.  Our children learn from our attitudes and emotions, both verbal and nonverbal.  It is vital as mothers to exhibit balanced emotional health as it will affect our children for a lifetime.th-1

2 Quick ihelpmoms.com Tips From Our Home To Yours:
1.  I have found when I get sucked into the motherhood whirlwind it is time to actively choose to slow down.  It allows me to evaluate what is really important and to prioritize from there.
2.  Working out always helps me to calm down.  Sometimes that means just putting my toddler in the stroller for a walk.
I also found these helpful tips on American Psychological Association website that I think are important to share with our ihelpmoms.com fans.

Mothers are the world’s best jugglers: family, work, money — they seem to do it all. However, all that responsibility can often leave moms feeling overstretched and stressed out.

American Psychological Association offers these strategies to help mothers manage stress:
1.  Understand how you experience stress — Everyone experiences stress differently. How do you know when you are stressed? How are your thoughts or behaviors different from times when you do not feel stressed?

2.  Identify stressors — What events or situations trigger stressful feelings? Are they related to your children, family health, financial decisions, work, relationships or something else?

3.  Recognize how you deal with stress — Determine if you are using unhealthy behaviors to cope with the stress of motherhood. Is this a routine behavior, or is it specific to certain events or situations? Do you make unhealthy choices as a result of feeling rushed and overwhelmed, such as stopping for fast food while running errands or picking up your kids?

4.  Put things in perspective — make time for what’s really important. Prioritize and delegate responsibilities. Identify ways your family and friends can lessen your load so that you can take a break. Delay or say no to less important tasks.

5.  Find healthy ways to manage stress — Consider healthy, stress-reducing activities — taking a short walk, exercising or talking things out with friends or family. Keep in mind that unhealthy behaviors develop over time and can be difficult to change. Don’t take on too much at once. Focus on changing only one behavior at a time.

6.  Ask for professional support — Accepting help from supportive friends and family can improve your ability to persevere during stressful times. If you continue to feel overwhelmed by stress, you may want to talk to a psychologist who can help you manage stress and change unhealthy behaviors.

Make sure to log onto www.ihelpmoms.com to find a professional in your area that can help you to discover peace, balance and happiness in motherhood!

“Mothers often put their family needs first and neglect their own,” says Bufka. “It’s okay to relax your standards — don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself to have the ‘perfect’ house or be the ‘perfect’ mother. No one expects you to be Superwoman.”

Source: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/supermom.aspx
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Updated May 2011