Stress is inevitable in the life of a mum.
From the moment we wake in the morning we are in Go mode – either physically or mentally.
As mums we are always juggling and there is always so much to be done. Eventually this busy lifestyle has a detrimental effect on our adrenal glands and they become depleted which can cause fatigue, sleep problems, anxiety, digestive, immune and hormonal problems and can take a long time to recover from.
I see adrenal fatigue all the time, both in my clinical practice as a naturopath and in my business circles – women who are doing too much, too fast and eventually they crash.
Let me get personal here – I am an ambitious, go go go type person myself.
I am a mum to 2 beautiful and crazy kids.
I am a naturopath, working in my clinic for 2 very busy days every week.
I run a second business Energetic Mama, where I run ecourses, sell my ebook, write regular blog posts (that is what you are reading now!) as well as articles for other blogs and magazines, send weekly newsletters, run free webinars (get on my mailing list to find out about these), run numerous social media accounts …….. I think you get the idea that there is a lot of work involved in running an online business.
Do I get stressed – Hell YES!!!
Do I get overwhelmed – Definately!!
Do I get tired and exhausted at times? Sure
But I don’t allow myself to get to the stage of burn out?
It is not simply because I am lucky that I don’t get burnt out! It is because I look after myself and take my own advice (most of the time)!
That advice is simple (not easy but simple!)
I am not about to overwhelm you with a heap of advice that makes you feel more stressed than you were before reading this!
If I was to pick one thing that we should all be doing to manage our stress levels more effectively it would be to make some time for down time everyday!
We simply need to Balance all that Go time with some Slow Time EVERYDAY!
We need to spend some time (20-30 minutes a day) slowing down physically AND mentally and tune into ourselves.
The best form of slow time is different for everyone. I work from home and sit in an office all day either seeing clients or working on the computer so I like to move during my slow time – walking on the beach and yoga are 2 of my favourite ‘Slow time’ activities. During these activities I practice mindfulness, which is simply focusing on the present moment.
If slow time and mindfulness are new to you, start with just a couple of minutes a day and work up to longer periods of time. If you have young kids you might need to find ways you can slow down with your kids around, which is totally possible. Kids are actually great reminers to bring us back into the present moment. There are countless activities you can do with your kids to slow down and be mindful, Try colouring in with them, building lego, exploring the back garden, laying in the sun and watch the clouds.
I am all about taking action, nothing is going to change for you by reading this if you don’t take some action, se here is what I encourage you to do
- Choose a time that you can slow down, you might need to wake up earlier or turn the T.V. off in the evening to make the time.
- Schedule it in and make it a priority.
- During this time, simply tune into your body and focus on your breath or on your senses – really take notice of what you can see, hear, smell, taste and feel.
This practice not only prevents you from burning out but also helps you to feel more connected to yourself and others in your daily life.
Let me know how you plan to make time to slow down in the comments below 🙂