Have fun instead
If you are feeling beyond overwhelmed about all the dishes or housework you need to do and are just dreading it, put it off. Seriously. Go play a game or color with your kids, have fun with them. This will lower your stress level and make your kids happy. So by the time you do those dishes, you’ll be calmed down and your kids will be too. Another way is to listen to music while working around the house. Always works for me.
Doing something outside of work and outside your normal everyday activities can be very relaxing which researchers have found to reduce stress and depression. I sew and take photos in my spare time and I’ll tell ya, it helps me a lot. I do it for fun, so remember, don’t take it too seriously to the point of getting overpowered. That kind of defeats the purpose. While some hobbies may be beneficial to you and your health, others may not be. Like, binge watching multiple seasons of Shameless in one day. Yeah, don’t do that. So not healthy.
This one I believe is essential. When feeling stressed out or depressed. feeling alone is the worst possible feeling ever. Talk to someone about your frustrations. A friend, family member or your significant other. Your family has a significant affect on your mental health, and communication is key to happy and healthy relationships. Let them help you and give you advice and just comfort you in your worst times. It helps if you let it, I promise.
I’m not saying cut every bad food from your diet. You don’t have to get crazy and eat kale and plain oats everyday, but maybe instead of eating a bag of potato chips, try something better for you, like plain low-fat yogurt with fresh berries and honey. There’s a reason why they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day… Eating a healthy breakfast gives you the nutrients and energy that your body needs to wake up and start your day, but when you’re a parent, I believe that every meal is just as important. You need to be energized to be a mom basically. Eat things that are rich in protein, these types of food will give you energy.
Take That Nap
This one is my personal favorite. Hehe. When your kids go down for a nap, if they nap that is, you should too. 20 or 30 minutes is all you need to feel energized… Unless you are a sleep deprived vampire like myself then you might need a little longer. Taking naps is extremely beneficial toy your health. Naps increase the functionality of your brain, reduces stress levels, rejuvenates your mind, controls your blood pressure and even helps with weight loss. To get the best results, napping between 1pm and 4pm is most ideal. Don’t over do it with the length of your nap. It can have the opposite effect and make you sluggish and not want to go to sleep at night which is not good when trying to manage your stress and depression.
Make Time For You
Take a fun creative class such as ceramics, or painting, I mean if you are into this kind of thing.
Lunch alone or with a friend. It’s always nice to have adult conversations every once in a while.
Spa day. Go all out. I need one of these… Sigh.
For me, this has to be the most important thing when trying to manage your stress and depression. Your family is your number one support system. Having a set regular schedule for time with your family everyday is important. Talk with them. Find out how school is going for your kids and how work is going for your significant other, and tell them how your day went. Play games or go out somewhere together. Happy and healthy relationships with them is essential in every home and good for your mental health. You want your kids to know that there is always time in your crazy busy lives for family time.
All of these things have helped me tremendously trough my stress and depression. I hope it helps you too.