Stress Awareness Month: How to cope as a stressed-out Mum

April is Stress Awareness Month and most Mums would agree that while it’s wonderful, being a parent is also the most stressful job in the world.

 

But help is at hand as I’ve gathered some excellent blogs, tips and resources to help you relax, feel happier, and make life a bit easier. Grab a cuppa, turn the phone off, and chill out while you read through these fantastic nuggets of advice you can use in your own life.

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What is stress and what’s it doing to your body?

Acute versus chronic? What actually happenes when your body is under stress? Clinical Psychologist Sarah Blackshaw explains all: https://www.clinpsychsarah.com/blog/lets-talk-about-stress-part-one-acute-and-chronic-stress

How and why does stress make you gain weight? http://www.thefitmumformula.com/blog/stress-and-weight-gain/

Lee Glynn, Stress Management Trainer, explains how stress impacts your body and mind and gives some tips on how to manage stress: https://www.behealthynow.co.uk/healthy-living/how-to-manage-stress-effectively/

Annoying friends and family members always relying on you to fix everything? Who can relate to this?!: http://www.chickenruby.com/2019/02/what-does-stress-me-out.html

Did you know many physical illnesses can be traced back to stress? NLP, or neurolinguistic programming, is a way of untangling all those mental knots. Here’s what’s going on in your body and brain, how they can trigger inflammation, and what to do about it: http://www.nlperform.com/stress-inflammation-you

Comfort eating when you’re stressed? Here’s how to stop: http://www.thefitmumformula.com/blog/reasons-for-comfort-eating/

 

Tips for dealing with stress

Motherhood is wonderful but oh so stressful, but here’s one Mum’s tips on how to chillax when you’re a parent: https://justmuddlingthroughlife.co.uk/2019/02/08/10-tips-help-ease-stress-children-being-mum/

How to be happy every day? It all starts with designing your perfect day: http://www.thefitmumformula.com/blog/have-your-designed-your-perfect-day/

Too much on your mind? Not feeling that you’re getting much from life? Write it down. What is a gratitude journal and how it can make you happier: https://www.darktea.co.uk/blog/writing-a-gratitude-journal

Sometimes all it takes is 5 minutes to make the world feel right again: https://annesphotos.uk/photographers-5-minute-calm-excercise/

 

Natural remedies

I’m an aromatherapist myself, so can definitely vouch for these fab tips on how to use aromatherapy to ease stress: https://www.theecological.co.uk/2018/11/beating-winter-blues-benefits-of-casual.html

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One of the best supplements for stress is magnesium; there’s a reason you put Epsom salts in your bath!: http://www.thefitmumformula.com/blog/do-natural-sleep-aids-work/

Fresh air. Yes Granny was right, you do need it: https://kidsofthewild.co.uk/2016/08/28/oxygen-time-relaxation-parental-mental-health/

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for many emotional and psychological issues; here’s one Mum’s exerperiences: https://www.mummyandthechunks.com/2019/02/cognitive-behavioural-therapy-cbt-my.html

 

Exercise and stress, the natural, free medication:

It’s not all about abs; here’s how exercise benefits your mental wellbeing: http://opposablethumbsblog.com/2016/10/mental-health-benefits-of-exercise-worldmentalhealthday/

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When exercise is just another stressor, time to take a rest day?: http://www.thefitmumformula.com/blog/stress-and-exercise-rest-day/

Stressed but want to exercise? You still can, but here’s how to do it safely: https://thatsquatbot.com/2018/05/25/fitness-cortisol-exercise-stressed/

Crying and shouting at everyone because you’ve got PMS? Here’s how exercise could help make that time of the month more manageable: http://www.thefitmumformula.com/blog/exercise-help-pms-symptoms/

 

If you’re feeling stressed and need to offload or get advice from other Mums join the BritMums Facebook Group here where you’ll find a supportive community of Mums just like you.

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About Pollyanna Hale

Pollyanna Hale helps Mums lose weight, get fit, and have more energy and
body confidence with online coaching and programmes, books and a free
Facebook community group. A Mum of two young girls, Polly understands
how hard it is for us Mums to make ourselves a priority when all our
energy and willpower gets drained before we’ve even done the school run!
Everything she teaches is designed to be compatible with crazy busy
Mum-life, because you matter too, Mum.

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