Stress awareness month occurs every year in April. Motherhood stress is a very real burden for most of us. However, we need to do our best to keep mama healthy!
I personally know that I am in dire need of some self-care this week. In the last two weeks both of my girls have gotten sick with an illness that brought with it high fevers, clinginess, restlessness, and general misery for mama and child alike. We also have been inundated with massive storm systems in our area. Needless to say, we have been stuck inside the house to the point I have felt like climbing the walls.
Keeping two tiny people happy and the house in a reasonably safe and livable state can create a HUGE amount of mama stress. For one thing, there is the noise level that occurs with a small home and small children at play (or expressing upset). Then there are the endless messes that occur to keep these little people occupied.
I don’t mind the messes so much, but sometimes it creates safety issues. Tripping and slipping are very real potential outcomes.
Like yesterday, my obituary very nearly read “slipped in secretly spilled bubble solution and hit her head on a stepstool”. My heart is still a bit racy remembering that moment of uncertainty as to whether I would be able regain my footing before braining myself with no other adult home to assist me in the worst-case scenario.
Not much time elapsed before my younger daughter somehow poured most of the bath water on the floor- only to have my older daughter run in and slip, barely missing her head on the cast iron tub.
Mothers as a whole have a huge amount of responsibility on their shoulders. We keep other people ALIVE every.single.day. People who are hell-bent on finding the most dangerous possible things to do and diving in, we have to referee that mess! That right there is STRESS. Women stress about so many things because they have to.
We are the ones who remember that the older child only eats triangle sandwiches with no crusts while the younger one only eats crust. We remember a gallon of milk needs to be bought if anyone is going to enjoy their nectar of the gods in the morning (coffee is comfort in a mug for me!) and that the well-check appointments need to be made and that the power bill is due on Tuesday.
Stress is definitely one of many women’s health issues that needs attention, so I thought I would take a moment in honor of stress awareness month to urge you to practice some self-love and offer some women’s health tips related to stress.
I love quotes, they inspire and encourage me along my path. I found these self-love quotes particularly lovely:
“Self-love is the source of all our other loves.”
– Pierre Corneille –
“It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.”
– Voltaire –
“We can climb mountains with self-love.”
– Samira Wiley –
And these mom health quotes are a great reminder of how important it is to prioritize ourselves and make mama healthy too:
“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.”
– Joyce Meyer –
“Your body hears everything your mind says.”
– Naomi Judd –
“The groundwork of all happiness is health.”
– Leigh Hunt –
Stress awareness is so important. Did you know that stress can take a toll on all of your body systems?
Motherhood stress could be impacting not just your mood but also your respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, reproductive, and nervous systems.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, some ways to combat the effects of stress are:
- Limiting caffeine and alcohol
- Time for yourself
Mama stress is such a real thing y’all. We have to take the time to take care of ourselves and prevent stress from harming our bodies.
Stress awareness month would be a great time to look at ways to implement routines that promote more time for you to devote to self-love, self-care, and mama health in general.
When we take care of ourselves we are better able to be the mothers and women we aspire to be.
Sweet mama, please tell me what you do to keep your stress levels down in the comments! I am always searching for new ideas to implement in my own life and to share with my loyal readers.
If you are looking for some inspiration to get your groove back, reduce your stress, and make self-care a priority please go grab your FREE copy of my 30-page printable self-care workbook for mamas just like you here!
As always, thanks for reading!
Until next time,