5 Ways Working Moms Can Stop Anxiety
First thing’s first. When we say “working moms” we mean all moms. If you’re a mom, regardless of where you are employed, you are working. As the daughter of one of the most incredible stay-at-home moms in the world, I know how frustrating it can be for people to underestimate just how much work this takes. In fact, I venture to say that stay-at-home moms deal with more stress and anxiety than any other “working” mom.
But, this isn’t a competition.
Whether you work from home, work at home, or work in an office, all moms can use help when it comes to battling anxiety.
Today, we are all bombarded with constant emails, phone calls and growing to-do lists. We hear the news 24/7 and are instantly connected with anyone and everyone. And, they expect to be instantly connected to us too.
By now we all know that stress isn’t good for us. And anxiety, stress’s nasty side effect, is even worse, elevating blood pressure and making us lose sleep. And that’s just the start…
Below are five tips adapted from an article posted on Darling Magazine that are applicable to working moms everywhere.
1. Practice meditation to give your mind a mental break.
Daily, our mind receives numerous noisy and visual messages that can easily clutter our mental focus. Give yourself a few minutes to deep breathe, relax and say a simple thank you for the start of a new day. Whether through prayer, reading or sitting in silence, the mind is able to recharge itself and release any negative thoughts that may inhibit your workflow.
Creativity is birthed out of a place of freedom; and allowing your mind to be free of clutter will generate fresh, innovative ideas.
2. Use art as a calming ritual.
With the right music or the right visuals, one can instill a sense of peace within the cubicle or in the midst of chaos at home. Download music applications, such as Pandora or Spotify, to create playlist compilations of your favorite artists. This sense of familiarity instantly allows the mind to gain the motivation to carry on a successful workday.
As analytical tasks, tedious projects, or daily chores can be quite mundane, surrounding yourself with art will bring an extra boost of energy that turns stress into productive determination.
3. Communicate your anxiety.
Open communication vitally tethers a hard-working team, or family, together. If you are feeling the weight of multiple projects or tasks, make known your concerns and ask for help. In humbling ourselves, we are able to create a strong community, where we can lift each other’s weaknesses up.
When you keep frustrations to yourself, it affects demeanor and could potentially give off the wrong message to colleagues or family members. As you make known your anxiety in a professional and calm way, you are allowing for mutual understanding, which can help avoid damaging fall-outs or explosive arguments.
4. Take time to exercise daily.
Calisthenics and cardio equip people to release endorphins that lead to a happier self. Pick a time and commit to working out for at least 15 to 30 minutes a day. Exercise enhances quality of life and will produce tangible results for the body. Instead of allowing anxiety and stress to build up inside, make it a point to exercise in order to combat the negative energy.
People deserve to see the best version of you. By exercising you are giving yourself the opportunity to take care of yourself first in order to better serve others.
5. Tackle things one step at a time.
Create a calendar that features every project deadline for the next few months. Pace your work intentionally to accomplish a variety of tasks during your personal peak times.
One of the easiest lies to believe is that we have to do it all, and we have to do it all right now. Because of our limited capacity as human beings, it’s impossible to accomplish fifty things simultaneously. Be as productive as possible without having to compromise the state of your health. With assurance, take on the tasks in a productive manner that allow for you to create a balanced working schedule.
Moms are the backbone of every community, and we need to be at our best in order to do everything we want. By combating anxiety and stress, we will not only feel better, but we will make those around us feel better too.
About The Author
Julie Schoen is an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, retreat coordinator, writer, and branding expert. She is also the founder of Yoginiology.com, Little Pearl Publishing, and Buzzy Blogs, where she is the head writer and editor. She is a leading female social entrepreneur in the United States, author of over twenty best-selling books, mom of three, wife of one, and an expert at putting her foot in her mouth, figuratively and literally.
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