· By Elsa Linsky
Stressed Out Moms: 10 Ways to Deal With Mom Anxiety
Hey there, mama! Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed out lately? You're not alone. As a mom, there are often a million different responsibilities to juggle, and it can be easy to feel anxious and burnt out. There's no need to feel guilty about needing a break from your kids and the seemingly always full list of mommy duties. As if life wasn't a lot to handle on your own, kids multiply everything. If you are a stressed out mom, looking for some ways to deal with mom anxiety, then we've got you covered!
In this post, we're sharing 10 simple and effective tips to deal with mom stress and help you find a little peace and calm amid the chaos. So grab a cozy drink, put your feet up and let's get started on reducing that mom stress!
This is Normal, Right?
Let's be real... being a mom is no easy feat! With all the daily tasks, responsibilities and to-dos, on top of worrying about your child's well-being, it's no wonder that moms often find themselves feeling burnt out. Whether it's trying to balance work and home life, managing kids' schedules, or just trying to keep the house in order, it can feel like you're constantly running on a treadmill of stress and worry.
It's Not Just You
The good news is, you're not alone! Feeling overwhelmed is a normal part of being a mom and many (if not, all) of moms have been there - so, don't feel guilty. In fact, it's become such a common experience that it's almost a rite of passage for mothers everywhere! But the problem is, when we start feeling overwhelmed, it can become a vicious cycle. You feel stressed, which leads to poor sleep, which leads to even more stress, and so on.
Who are we to Tell You?
We are Bizzy. A CBD company created by moms, for busy women and moms like you. We know what it's like to feel overwhelmed, stressed and overworked. Bizzy CBD was created by not only a mom, but also a mom and mental health counselor. We value transparency and keeping it real with you. We are not here to pretend that we have everything figured out, but we have found some helpful and approachable tools for getting through our bizzy, often messy, days.
So what can you do to find some peace and calm in your busy life of motherhood? Well, that's where the rest of this post comes in! We'll be sharing 10 practical and effective ways to help you overwhelmed moms cope and find some much-needed and well-deserved relief from the stress of daily life with kids. Let's dive in!
1. Don't Compare Yourself to Other Mothers
We've all been there, scrolling through social media and seeing all the perfectly posed family photos and seemingly effortless mom-life posts. It's easy to get caught up in the comparisons and start feeling like you're not measuring up. But here's a little secret: no one's life is as perfect as it seems on social media!
The truth is, every mother has her own unique set of challenges and obstacles to overcome. And it's important to remember that your journey is just as valid as anyone else's. Your own life, your own kids, and your own perspective are what matter the most.
So instead of comparing yourself to other mothers, try to focus on what you're doing right and what works best for your own family. Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to motherhood and it's okay to do things your own way. Embrace your own style and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
At the end of the day, what's most important is that you're loving and caring for your kids to the best of your ability. So go ahead and pat yourself on the back for all the hard work you're doing! You're doing a great job and your kids are so lucky to have you. Seriously.
2. Try CBD To Take the Edge Off
As overwhelmed moms, you're likely always on the lookout for ways to reduce stress and worry. And if you haven't tried CBD yet, you might want to consider giving it a shot!
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in hemp plants that has been shown to have a number of health benefits, including reducing anxiety and improving sleep. CBD is growing quickly in popularity as research continues, and people find more and more health benefits. This sh*t works! And before you stress - CBD doesn't get you "high" like THC does, so you're still able to drive your kids to school, and check off your to-do list with more ease. And yes, it's legal in the US and many other countries!
Here's How CBD Can Help an Overwhelmed Mom
- Reduce stress: CBD has been shown to have a calming effect on the brain and body, making it a popular choice for those looking to manage stress.
- Improve sleep: If you're having trouble sleeping at night, CBD could help you get a better night's rest. Even if you don't have much time to spend in bed, CBD will make the hours that you do have more restful.
- Relieve pain and inflammation: CBD has been shown to have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great option for moms who suffer from aches and pains. A great way to soak up this benefit is by using a CBD topical.
- Promote relaxation: CBD has a calming effect that can help you relax after a long day of wrangling kids, and find a little peace and calm.
- Increase focus: when your brain is feeling busy, CBD can provide you with more clarity and energy. This is in part due to CBD's help in decreasing distracting aches and unwelcome thoughts in your head.
It's important to note that not all CBD products are created equal, so you'll want to choose a high-quality natural product that's been third-party tested. If you have allergies or sensitivities to supplements, you may want to consult your doctor first. And here's a pro tip: if you plan to try CBD in the morning, you'll want to make sure there aren't added ingredients for sleep. Bizzy CBD was made specifically for busy women and moms, and each product is made with organic and natural ingredients.
If you're looking for a natural and effective way to cope with those overwhelmed feelings, trying CBD is a great idea. Take care of yourself and see how it works for you, mama!
3. Schedule Time for Yourself
Being a mom is a full-time job and it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day responsibilities of motherhood. But it's so important to make time and space for yourself, too! Whether you're a stay at home mom, or a working mom, this might feel like an impossible feat. But taking even a few moments for yourself each day can help you recharge, reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.
This time may be filled with conscious breathing, a neglected hobby, or a talk with an old friend. Find your sense of peace, especially when you're consumed by frustration. Not only will you benefit, but so will your entire family.
Don't push it off until next week - overwhelmed moms need and deserve at least a moment to forget their to-do lists and just enjoy life.
4. Practice Self-Care
We know you're busy caring for your kids, but caring for yourself is just as important. This doesn't mean you need to go to the spa for hours, or take a mini-vacay with the girls (although that would be nice!). Taking care of yourself doesn't have to be time consuming - you can practice self-care right along with your regularly scheduled activities. Here's some tips for when you find a moment to yourself.
Indulge in a CBD Bath
As if a hot bath didn't already feel luxurious, adding in CBD bath salts or a CBD bath bomb takes this experience to the next level. This is the perfect recipe for decreasing those overwhelmed feelings. Enjoy the aromatherapy, moisturized skin, and relaxing vibes.
Practice Yoga or Simply Being Present
Yoga isn't all about being physically flexible, or sweating your as* off in an intense workout. By simply paying attention to your breath, you are practicing yoga. It's amazing how much more energy you can create within your body, just with mindful breathing. Add in some gentle stretching, and your whole body will benefit. Yoga is also a valuable tool to teach your kids from a young age.
Go For a Walk
You can invite your kids along, or enjoy it in the morning once your kids go off to school. A brisk walk is a wonderful tool to find calm when you feel overwhelmed. Walking increases blood flow and circulation, so even if you feel tired, getting up for a quick walk can boost your energy and provide you with a sense of accomplishment for your day.
5. Reach Out to a Friend
Your besties have your back. Whether you have a trusted friend that will create space for you to vent your frustrations, or if you need a distraction from your big problems, we love our friends, and they love us! Lean into your people, they've got your back.
Reasons to Connect With Non-Mom Friends
Although they may not understand the stressful responsibility of having a child, non mom friends can bring us back into their world by offering a different perspective, helping you expand your support system, and providing mental stimulation by conversing in non mom related topics.
Connecting with your non-mom friends is essential for a well-rounded and fulfilling life as a mom. So, make time for them and enjoy the many benefits they bring to your life.
Reasons to Connect With Mom Friends
As a mother, it's essential to have a strong network of mom friends who understand the unique challenges and joys of motherhood. While every mom is different, moms have many shared experiences that can be validating, especially when you're having a hard time. Moms know what it's like to be parents, can offer helpful resources, emotional support, and camaraderie.
6. Incorporate Eating Healthy into Your Routine
As an overwhelmed mom, it can be tough to find the time and energy to focus on healthy eating. Between work, kids, and everything else, it's easy to resort to fast food and convenience meals. There's nothing wrong with some unhealthy snacking here and there. But the truth is, eating a healthy diet is essential for your health, and it is possible to make healthy eating a part of your busy routine.
Please know that we aren't suggesting that you meal-plan for the whole week, or spend excessive amounts of money on all fresh groceries. We suggest you start small.
A great and approachable way to invite more healthy food into your life is by making healthy swaps for yours and your kids' usual snacks, cooking healthier meals in bulk to freeze and use when you're pressed on time, and stocking up on a few healthy ingredients so there are always options in the house.
Incorporating healthy eating into your routine as a busy mom is possible, and allows you to take care of your own needs, as well as the needs of your children. By planning ahead, making smart swaps, and even involving your family, you can start making healthy eating a priority and enjoy the many benefits that come with it!
7. Connect With Nature
Even if you live in the city, connecting with nature is an approachable way to disconnect from all the things. Time spent in nature can work wonders for your mental health. Enjoy nature on your own, or involve your child in embracing nature's beauty and benefits.
Here are some tips for soaking up nature's wonders, even if just for a few moments: get out of your house and enjoy a breath of fresh air, snuggle up to your pet, listen to the birds, or gaze out into the vastness of this beautiful world.
8. Give Yourself Some Credit - Being a Mother is Not Easy
There are so many things to manage as a mother. And while motherhood is one of the most incredible parts of life, feeling tired and overwhelmed is nothing to feel bad about. Being a mom is stressful work, and it's all too easy to get caught up in feeling like you're losing control or doing something wrong. Don't forget just how much you've accomplished. Whether you're dealing with babies or children, motherhood is a 24/7 job, and it's important to take a moment to celebrate all that you do.
Here are some tips on how to embrace all of your hard work: write down a list of your accomplishments to see just how amazing you are, reflect on your progress before you go to bed at night (things you've learned and overcome thus far), and celebrate those small wins.
Moms are straight-up bad*sses. By giving yourself credit, celebrating your progress, and taking care of yourself, you can find the strength and motivation you need to keep going and be the amazing mom that you are!
9. Ask for Help
If you have family members or another support system that you can trust with your children, don't hesitate to reach out for assistance. Your family and/or other support system love you and your kids, and they want you to rest and take care of yourself, too. It's not weakness to reach out for help - this shows strength and self awareness. They say it takes a village for a reason!
10. Try Therapy
Therapy is beneficial for everyone, but parents who've experienced the benefits of therapy are even able to pass life-changing tools down to their children. If you are experiencing postpartum depression, need to brain dump without feeling like a burden, are tired all of the time, or just feel that you need a break from being an overwhelmed mom, therapy can improve all of these things. Many people may argue that therapy is too costly or time consuming, but there are free options for therapy out there, take a few moments to check it out here! While we recommend in-person therapy, therapy over the computer (Zoom/Skype) is also extremely beneficial.
You've Got This Mama!
In the meantime, just remember that it's okay to feel like an overwhelmed mom. We're all doing our best and deserve a little grace and understanding for ourselves. So go ahead and give yourself a little hug and know that you're not alone in this journey of motherhood. You got this!