Moms, this has probably been some of the most difficult months for you. If your kids have been doing distance learning, or have been stuck inside the house for months, I see you and I hear you.
This year, I have allowed myself to have my little breakdowns, but I vowed that I would not let the stress of the world get to me, and therefore get to my kids. That positivity has made a huge difference in our daily lives, and I have received many compliments and even questions on how I’ve been going with blogging and momming during this time. We’ve even continued to travel and make the most out of our weekends locally here in California.
I was recently interviewed and asked what my three tips were for reducing stress and anxiety as a mom. First of all, I think stress and anxiety just come with the job, but I have a few great tips that help me get my head right and give myself a restart.
3 Simple Ways to Hit the Restart Button as a Mom
My title says that “even moms need timeouts” and it has never been more true than this year, for me. A timeout isn’t always a bad thing or used for punishments. I like to use timeouts for myself to hit the restart button and collect my thoughts. Hitting the restart button is good for everyone involved and can easily be done.
Step 1 – De-Stress your Home
Have you found that when your home aesthetic is off that you feel like you’re in a rut? Are you in a stress rut because your home is a mess? Or is your home a mess because you’re in a stress rut? Consider simplifying by using smart home products (robotic vacuums, smart appliances, etc). I’ve done a lot of smart home product upgrades this year and it has made life so much easier on me. As a work-from-home-mom, part of my “job” includes keeping the house tidy(ish) and things running around here. The second I got a robotic vacuum, my life changed. I literally just hit the start button on the app and it’s an instant stress relief.
Clutter is also a huge stressor in my house. If you struggle with the same problem, try to declutter as much as possible and organize what you end up keeping with pretty bins and sticky labels. Also, consider going paperless with as much as possible to reduce paper clutter around the house. Another option would be to hire outside help like a housekeeper or an organizing service like the Neat Method. You may have also seen the Marie Kondo show or the Home Edit show on Netflix. Both are super inspiring and might just light a fire within you to declutter like crazy.
Step 2 – Probiotics
Probiotics and gut health play an important factor in stress management, as well as the immune system, which I have been learning more about this year. Find yourself a good probiotic, and stick to taking them routinely. I have been loving Probulin probiotics for myself and my daughters for a few reasons, and since 70% of the immune system lives in your gut, they’re more important than ever this year.
Probiotics are a live bacteria that are really good for your digestive system. I know we typically think of bacteria as bad and harmful for our bodies, but just think of probiotics as the “good bacteria.” They are very helpful for our gut which helps strengthen our immune system and aid in stress management.
Probulin is different from other brands for a few reasons. Most probiotic brands just ship their products to you in a box, unprotected from the elements. Probulin ships their products in a cold pack, ensuring those good bacteria stay alive during transit. They also use something called their MAKTrek 3-D Probiotic Delivery System which is unique to them and helps protect, feed, and hydrate the probiotic. Meaning, they feed the probiotics with prebiotics, all within the same “seaweed submarine” capsule which helps keep the probiotics safe against stomach acid. This delivery system scientifically guarantees a greater number of surviving bacteria to your gut!
Couple taking probiotics with mild to moderate daily exercise, increase water intake, and healthier eating and your body will thank you.
Step 3 – Carve Out More “Me Time”
Everybody talks about “me time” like it has to be expensive or away from the home. Consider purchasing a back massager to use at home (I found one on Amazon), some fun nail polishes and manicure tools, and some great face products. And don’t be afraid to do something completely mindless like play a video game on your kid’s Nintendo Switch (ask me how I know), or browse Pinterest for hours after everyone goes to bed.
Me time looks different to everyone, so do what makes you happy.
Speaking of “me time,” let’s take a second to enter this great giveaway sponsored by Probulin. I’ll be giving away a box of their Total Care Probiotics (for mom) and a box of their My Little Bugs Probiotic for Kids (for your little one). These two products include pre, pro, and postbiotics for optimum digestive care!
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