Five Strategies Stay-At-Home Moms can Use to Decrease Stress
All around the globe, whether you are in the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia,
New Zealand, Canada or the United States, the role that Stay-At-Home moms play
is well under valued and often even their own partners do not recognize the
stress they come under in running a household.
However, as a stay-at-home mom you need to consider your role in the home as a
professional position on an equal footing such as a Nanny or housekeeper and
treat it in such a way. If you do, you will find it much easier to deal with the
challengers and stress of the daily chores.
Strategy 1 - Plan Your Day and Week
If you worked in an office, you boss would expect you to plan the work that you
would be doing on a day-to-day basis and in the upcoming week, so why is it any
different in the household for Stay-At-Home moms. Well quite simply it is not.
As a stay-at-home mom you know the work that has to be done, why not schedule it
just like a job.
The best way to do that is to purchase a full size A4 diary from the local news
agency. Make sure the diary has a time schedule in half an hour intervals, next
simply write down and allocate a length of time for the tasks you need to get
done during the day.
This is a great device for Stay-At-Home moms as it really makes you focus on the
tasks you need to get done and it also shows you how much you have actually
accomplished in the day. Just knowing what you have accomplished will help you
with your stress levels.
Make sure though that as you are planning your day and week that you include an
appropriate amount of travel time to pickup and drop the kids off. Also make
sure you schedule in your day some YOU time, to do things like meet with friends
and do some meditation but more about that shortly.
Strategy 2 - Plan Your Meals In Advance
One of the greatest challenges I see stay-at-home moms face is getting the
evening meal ready. I often see stay-at-home moms rushing to the shop at about
4 pm in the afternoon trying to get the groceries for the evening meal with the
children screaming and yelling in tow. Stop It, Its Crazy!
Plan your meals in advance ... do not leave it till the last minute. Whilst
planning your day and week, make sure you include a period for planning the
daily meals. Make sure you have everything ready to go each day. There are now
so many websites where you can get really fantastic recipes that you can use to
make your meals interesting and the preparation does not have to take that long.
Also when you are planning your weekly meals, make sure that you document them
in your diary each day. This will ensure that you will not forget what meal you
allocated to each day and also make sure you allocate enough time to cook the
meal. Most modern recipes include information on how long the preparation time
takes and how long it will take to cook.