Saturday, October 15, 2011

Stress Management: Is it Possible As a Busy Mother?

Stress Management. Is this really possible?! I ask myself this question every day. Especially as I go through my Stress Management course this semester. I know I said that I was going to blog all of my Stress Management diary posts. But some just don't need to go public.:)

Last week I read every word of the chapter that was assigned. By the time I was finished I found myself in a stupor of frustration, yet wonder. Especially as I read about Maslow's theory about Self-Actualization. I believe that he has hit it pretty close on what our potential is for true inner peace. I just don't have a clue how it's possible to find the time to take the time to reach the steps as a crazy mother of three busy boys. I can barely gather my thoughts to blog let alone analyze my inner self and it's thoughts. I NEED TO though! I have said before that I need to get away and write. I really believe that that will be the only way for me to sift through my inner self. And that will take an insane amount of planning and inconvenience for way too many people. So how do I maintain the ounce of sanity I have at the moment?

I've taken more afternoon's off in the last couple of months then I have... ever. Outings just for myself. Mostly to go to the Spa (it really helps to know the owner;).

I've listened to meditation and relaxation programs before I fall asleep. This has been a good experience. I hope to find more and explore this avenue.

I breath more. Seriously.

I've laughed out loud as much as possible.

That's how I've maintained this week.


Molly said...

That is about all you can do when the kids are so little. I'm finding myself again for the first time in about 14 years. When the kids are really little, you just have to take things one day at a time and survive. I think back and realize that for the last many years, I wasn't really true to myself. I was taking care of the kids. That was about all I could do. Now, they are older, they don't need me as much and I'm coming out of a tunnel into the light that is my true personality.

You are doing just right. Taking time for yourself is fine and good. If it recharges Mama, than it's worth it. Don't worry about the things you can't control and focus on the ones you can. It helps a little. Keep up the great work!

Bethany LaShell said...

I think stress and motherhood, especially homeschooling motherhood, are synonymous! Good thoughts, though.

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day :-)

Heidi Hamilton said...

Ah yes - the conundrum of finding time to do the soul/mind searching that would make us better people, but knowing it would take away from time spent with the little people that we have committed to raise & the spouse that we are committed to serving. It's a hard one. Even though I wake up at 5:45, I still don't feel like it's enough time to really get "deep" into my scriptures, journal, etc.

That's awesome you get to go to the spa often though. Seriously!!!

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