A child who won’t eat throws up even before she has had any breakfast.
The morning rush-hour traffic. Bad bus drivers on EDSA.
The seemingly endless cycle of house-helpers coming and going. Electric bills, credit card bills, and school bills. A spat with husband (not necessarily due to the bills).
Sick children. Bickering children. A child who just can’t seem to spell xylophone.
As a stay-at-home mom, I experience stress just as much as any working mom does everyday. Today’s page on the Simple Abundance devotional book (by Sarah Ban Breathnach) lists some effective ways of dealing with stress. Many of those listed jumped out and spoke to me. Whether you’re a SAHM, or doing a balancing act between career and family, I hope you find these tips helpful and practical. (Tips in bold are my favorites.)
- Cultivate gratitude.
- Carve out an hour a day for solitude.
- Keep it simple.
- Keep your house picked up.
- Go to bed at 9 o’clock twice a week.
- Breathe – deeply and often.
- Move – walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy.
- Eat only when hungry.
- If it’s not delicious, don’t eat it.
- Be instead of do.
- Laugh more often.
- Always opt for comfort.
- Don’t answer the telephone during dinner.
- Stop trying to please everybody.
- Start pleasing yourself.
- Stay away from negative people.
- Don’t squander precious resources: time, creative energy, emotion.
- Nurture friendships.
- Don’t be afraid of your passions.
- Surrender expectations.
- Savor beauty.
- For every “yes”, let there be a “no.”
- Remember, happiness is a living emotion.
- Exchange security for serenity.
- Care for your soul.
- Cherish your dreams.
- Express love everyday.