That’s how every mom feels at some point in her life. I mean you tell me just how many times did you look at the laundry basket and asked yourself if you’ll ever see the bottom of it? How many times did you take a proper look at your house and planned on cleaning it top to bottom and ended up cuddling your baby, sterilising endless bottles or cooking ten meals so your child will refuse them all and ask for something else completely? How many times did you plan a million things and ended up holding your phone scrolling endlessly through facebook and instagram while sipping a well deserved glass of wine?

I can tell you I have done all the above so many times I literally lost track.

The only problem is that although I am ok with it it does cause me so much stress. And not the normal type of stress but mummy stress and this is a million times more powerful than daily stress caused by work or other bullshit like that.

Studies have shown our relationship with our kids is dependent on our ability to manage stress, so it’s in our best interest to take care of ourselves by effectively managing this problem.

Easier said than done, right? I KNOW

Many of us are working mothers, we deal with everyday parent worries, we are extremely busy and face countless external pressures.

Even if I don’t quite admit it, I fell in the instagram perfect mum trap when I had my daughter. It caused me anxiety and took me a long time to realise that nothing is perfect and that I will never ever have my before pregnancy body. And I am fine with that because I feel stronger and fitter than ever at this point in my life and I can laugh at all perfect Susans out there showing off their perfect lives only to hide their insecurities.

So, one way to cope with mummy stress is to 1. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF WITH ANY OTHER MOTHER OUT THERE.

What works for you doesn’t work for everyone. You are unique and amazing as you are so concentrate on making your little one happy because this is the most important thing in life after all.

2. I always found that EXERCISING helps me enormously. It reduces so much stress and burns out calories as well (we all know how many calories wine can have). It keeps me in shape and also makes me feel more positive and more energetic. It also helps me that I found an amazing mum group to share my fitness fails and accomplishments with and also involving my daughter in my activity. It’s so much fun and positive.

3. TAKE A BREAK from time to time. Motherhood is hard, stressing, frustrating and sometimes infuriating.

Going out with and having some time off mummy duties is such a blessing. It doesn’t matter if you go in a park, if you go for dinner or just drinks as long as you grab that ME TIME and make the most of it. Have a laugh with your friends and forget laundry and cleaning and baby stuff. You’ll feel so energised and you’ll appreciate yourself and your life more.

4. LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS – yes. You heard me. Stop trying to be perfect. Motherhood and productivity don’t go hand in hand very well. Learn to let go of perfectly folded clothes, dust free house corners, perfect kitchen and dishes washed at all times. You are a mother, you have a child or two or three or more. Your house is going to be a mess most of the times. Toys will be everywhere and I swear they multiply on daily basis. Kids clothes will just add and add until you got no storage space for them, your empty glass of wine from last night will be found on the table or in the living room somewhere every morning. Your hair won’t be washed as often, your nails won’t be done on regular basis and your wardrobe will mostly contain leggings, baggy tops and the piece of resistance: TRAINERS, specially converse because they are so damn comfortable (your heels will be put somewhere in the back of the closet only to be tried on from time to time). – google mum shoes if you don’t believe me

So this is how I cope with mummy stress. You find your thing. Whatever works because you need to cope with it somehow. Even if it’s hiding in the bathroom reading a book and sipping wine on the false pretence you got a dodgy stomach.

7 thoughts on “How I cope with mummy stress

  1. The stress struggle as a mom is real. It can be really hard to find a balance sometimes. However, over and over I find that I also can’t continually pour from an empty cup. I’m not a good mom, wife or friend if I am not a little selfish sometimes and do some things that fill my cup back up. The funny thing is, self care is not selfish at all. I think it is one of the most important things moms can do for not only themselves, but for our family. We also have to remember that we were our children’s mom’s for a reason. Comparison is the thief of joy and when we start comparing ourselves to other mom’s we set ourselves up for failure. If we try to do things like the person next door, we may actually not be doing what is best for our kids. It also takes away from being our own authentic parent to our child…they need you and everything that you are about. Stay true to that aways. Great post!

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  2. Absolutely! There is no right or wrong way and really, a lot of times parenting is learning as you go and trial and error. Surely we can learn from other parents or ask for tips/advice but we will never do things exactly the way someone else does them and that is perfectly ok. It doesn’t make you as a parent right or wrong. There is no perfection in parenting!

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  3. No one can prepare you for the stress of motherhood until you experience it. I certainly had no idea! Great post and reminder that we don’t have to do it all and we need to take time for ourselves every once in a while.

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  4. Itโ€™s so important to have some time off motherhood, recharge our batteries and start again fresh, patient and loving. Having me time doesnโ€™t mean we donโ€™t love our children. It just means that we are humans, we need peace and quiet, we need to remember who we were before being mothers

    Thank you for reading and for your amazing words hun xxx

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