As a work at home mom, it can be overwhelming. Everything seems to hit you all at once, especially when kids are out of school for the summer. You are trying to play with them, get your work done, and keep the house from looking like a tornado blew through it. Your stress levels are through the roof and you feel like running away screaming. How can you stay calm and relieve some stress?

  1. Set Aside Time – The first thing that you can do to reduce your stress is to set aside certain times for certain activities. For example you can work from 10 am to 2 pm and then put work down and concentrate on your kids. By having set times for everything, play, cleaning, working, etc., you and your kids know when to stop and when to work. It really does help!
  2. Get Help – You don’t have to do it on your own. Perhaps you and some other work at home moms can form a babysitting group and trade off days to watch kids. Or you can get someone to come in once a week to clean up and help reduce your stress in that way. Even older kids can help out around the house and reduce your stress levels.
  3. Enforce Space – You have to have your own space to work, and having kids running through your home office is a recipe for disaster. Enforce your areas and help your kids to respect the fact that you are working and need your space. Give them play areas that they can ‘work’ in too and they will feel like adults.
  4. Let It Go – Sometimes you just have to let some things go. So the dishes stay in the sink for a while or the kids eat sandwiches instead of a hot meal for lunch. These things won’t make or break the home, but your stress levels could break you. Learn what is important and what can be let go for a while. Prioritize your energy so that you don’t get overwhelmed and stressed out.
  5. Get Out –Last but not least, get out of the house. To work, go to somewhere with Wi-Fi like a quiet coffee shop or even a fast food joint. Sometimes you just have to get away for a while. Libraries are also a great place to work and often have movie days or reading days for kids. Spend a quiet hour working while your kids are interacting with others and learning. A win-win on both counts. Another great strategy is to go for a walk when you feel stressed. Exercise is a great stress buster and the kids love to go outside with mom and see what bugs and other critters they can point out.

As you can see, it is easy to find ways to reduce your stress. Don’t get so caught up in the daily grind that you forget to take time out for your mental health. Get some help, make some space, and remember what is important in life.

Always curious, Ashley Hardway is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in the Houston, Texas office of Morningside Nannies, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward! Check out @NannyLady on Twitter to connect and find out more.

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