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You know how they say ages two and three are both challenging in their own ways? Well dealing with both of those ages at the same time brings on a whole new kind of stress — the “wait! Don’t eat that, get down from there, be nice to each other, you can’t say that word, and is it bedtime yet?” kind of stress. No joke, by the end of the day I have the tension in my neck shoulders, and head, that I used to make fun of my mom for having.
Obviously, stress is a natural thing, and some stress is even good for you, but you don’t want it to build up. Not only is too much stress known to negatively affect our bodies, but studies show that children can sense when their parents are stressed out, affecting their mood, behavior, and possibly even digestion.
If you’re like me, you could probably use some help managing stress. I’ve put together a list of different ways to relax and unwind so the stress doesn’t pile up, even when you’ve got the kids at your heals all day.
Ways to Relax and Unwind as a Single Mom
I love taking a good supplement to give my body the extra support it needs, especially on those really trying days. I recently tried out Stressballs DAY and Stressballs NIGHT, new and only at Walmart, and I’m impressed.
Stressballs DAY is an herbal blend of Ashwagandha, lemon balm, and ginseng designed to help you de-stress, promote focus, and feel reenergized. They are in a great gummy form with a naturally energizing citrus flavor. I’ve been taking these daily and I really like how I’ve been feeling.
If you need help winding down at night, look for these in the vitamin aisle at Walmart. The Stressballs NIGHT formula contains ashwagandha, melatonin, lemon balm, valerian root, and lavender to help you relax and unwind at the end of a long day. It helps your body know that it is time rest and you don’t get any of that next day grogginess.
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One of the easiest and most well-known ways to relieve stress is to get moving. Even better if you can get the kids involved. Start up a dance party, go for a walk, or play a game of tag in the backyard. Whether it’s mid-afternoon yoga or hiking to the beach with my kids, I always feel better after a bit of activity.
Read A Book
Nothing helps you escape from the world for a bit quite like a book, and sometimes escape is just what you need when you’re feeling stressed out. Finding time to read as a mom isn’t always that easy. Try fitting in some reading before bed or adding it into your morning routine. Another way to fit in reading is to include your kids. Create a quiet time where everyone either picks up a book or colors for 20 minutes. Not only are you getting your escape, but the house suddenly becomes a lot quieter too.
Create A Morning Routine That You Love
As a work at home mom, I can tell you that creating a morning routine that works for you will do wonders for your day. I say to create a morning routine that you love because there is no perfect routine and everyone’s routine will be different. The first thing I do in the morning is to get the kids situated with breakfast and some morning cartoons while I put away the dishes from the night before. I then make some tea and read for about an hour while the kids play. I don’t actually start doing any work until after 9 am. This routine works for me because it gets rid of the stress of housework first thing and then gives a moment to relax and enjoy my morning before diving into my day.
Laughter is truly the best medicine. Mom life can be stressful because kids are stressful, but they are also hilarious. Hold onto those moments in the day that they make you laugh and stretch it out. Have a good laugh, take a deep breath, and then carry on with your day. Laughter isn’t going to make the stress disappear, but you will feel a bit lighter after.
*THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.