If you are a stay-at-home mom who sometimes feels like you're about to crash and burn, you are not alone. Being a stay-at-home mother is a stressful job and science has proven it.
A new study from the researchers at University of Akron and Penn State University found that women who go back to work after having children have more energy, mobility and less depression at the age of 40 than those who stay at home ... but you could have told them that, couldn't you? Being A Work-At-Home Mom Ain't Easy
There is good news: you can save your sanity and long-term health by balancing your life so you can actually enjoy life and be there for the ones you love. Here are five ways to ensure you'll get your sanity back:
1. Set up routines. Routines sound boring and laborious, but in reality, routines help you have more free time to do other things that are fun and relaxing, which are just what every mom needs. Make a list of routines that have to be done daily and weekly. Focus on the ones that cause you the most stress and list ways to get these things done more efficiently than you have been.
Is getting the kids off to school one of your most stressful times of the day? List things you can do the night before to ease your morning workload. Some ideas include packing lunches as you clean up the supper dishes or laying out your outfit for the next day.
Or, is supper your most hectic time? Set a time earlier in the day to make parts of the meal ahead of time. A salad (with dressing on the side) or dessert can be made while drinking your morning coffee. Invest in a cookbook that has uncomplicated, fast recipes. (One of my favorites is Jamie Oliver's Meals In Minutes)
2. Sell the idea of teamwork to your children. Be enthusiastic and positive when you approach them with the list of ideas on how they can help the house become more relaxed. Give them a sense of empowerment (and therefore pride) by allowing them to choose the tasks they will be responsible for completing. Let them know that their hard work will bring them rewards because you will have more free time to do fun things with them. Study Says Working Full-Time Benefits Moms
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