Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Stress busting tips for busy mums

There are times when family life can be a little hectic. As a busy mum, you may find yourself feeling stressed because of having very little time to relax and unwind. However, it is important that you try to make a little time just for yourself. You can combat stress and enjoy a few moments of peace in many ways…

The first step is to try to find opportunities to take some time out. Even if it is just for 15-minutes, taking a little break will help you to feel a little more relaxed. If your children are at nursery or school during the day, consider organising a regular coffee morning. This will enable you to relax and spend some quality time catching up with friends. Alternatively, if you would rather have some quality time just to yourself, consider treating yourself to a good book or magazine so that you can put your feet up for ten minutes.

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If you find that your schedule is far too busy to fit in any breaks, then consider changing it.  One of the best ways to combat stress is to try to make each task easier to complete.  Make a list of things that you need to do for the day or select a particular day for completing tasks.  Having children means that you will constantly be busy with chores such as washing and ironing clothes and shopping.  However, by assigning these tasks to a particular day, you can free up one or two hours on other days to relax.  Set a particular day for doing the washing and the weekly shop.

Taking regular walks is also a great way to de-stress. Exercise not only helps to boost your health but also your wellbeing. Try to fit a daily walk or a brisk run into your schedule, even if it is just for ten minutes a day. The perfect time to do this would be when the children are at school or nursery. Even if you choose to just relax in your garden for a few minutes, the fresh air is sure to help you de-stress and improve your mood.

Having plenty of natural light in your home can also help to combat stress. Dark, dingy rooms can feel cramped and will affect your mood. By filling your home with natural light, you create bright, airy, spacious rooms and provide a much more comfortable living environment for yourself and your family. Shutters are a great way to incorporate more natural light into your home. You can choose from a wide variety of shutters, including wooden shutters for doors, which will provide you with plenty of control over light and privacy.

By making a little time for yourself in your busy schedule, you can combat stress and make the pressures of family life a little more bearable. Taking a few minutes to relax will help you to feel refreshed and leave you feeling ready to tackle the next task on your list.

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