Staying Motivated When Stress Takes Over
According to Wikipedia Motivation is “the activation or energizing of goal-oriented behavior.” Ever since I was a little kid I have always set goals for myself and tried to keep a positive attitude while attempting to reach those goals. You can say that I was extremely motivated.
Now that I am in my thirties and have four very active children I am finding it harder and harder to stay motivated. A typical day flies by and I feel like I did not accomplish anything.
Setting goals for yourself whether they are personal related, family related or if you are a work at home mom like myself, business related can help you stay motivated and feel good about yourself. When I don’t accomplish my goals it causes me to spiral into a depression. This is the last thing I want to put myself and my family through. How do I prevent this?
Sleep deprivation is also taking over my body. I constantly wake up to tend to the needs of my infant and my preschooler refuses to go to bed at a decent hour. If you find yourself in a similar situation how do you stay motivated and reduce the stress in your life?
As busy moms and wives sometimes we put our children and husbands ahead of ourselves. If you are feeling exhausted and stressed out try putting yourself first. Think about your needs for a change. Sounds difficult, doesn’t it?
How much sleep do you get at night? Sixty-five percent of Americans lose sleep due to stress. Twenty-six percent of women report trouble sleeping at least once a week compared to only 16% of men. Nineteen percent of individuals ages 45-64 admit to losing sleep due to stress a few nights per week. Why are we so stressed out?
Most moms worry about family issues or finances. If these two issues are keeping you up at night try finding something else to occupy your mind or these stress relievers might help as well.
- Carve out an hour a day for solitude.
- Begin and end the day with prayer, meditation, reflection.
- Keep your house picked up.
- Don’t over schedule.
- Strive for realistic deadlines.
- Never make a promise you can not keep.
- Allow an extra half an hour for everything you do.
- Create quiet surroundings at home and at work.
- Go to bed at 9pm twice a week.
- Always carry something interesting to read.
- Breathe…deeply and often.
- Move…walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy.
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat only when you are hungry.
- Set aside one day a week for rest and renewal.
- Laugh more often.
- If you don’t love it, live without it.
- Don’t answer the telephone during dinner.
- Stop trying to please everybody.
- Start pleasing yourself.
- Stay away from negative people.
- Don’t be afraid of your passion.
- Set achievable goals.
- Remember, happiness is a living emotion.
- Care for your soul.
- Cherish your dreams.
- Express love every day.
- Search for your authentic self until you find her.
Remember we need to learn how to take care of ourselves before we can care for others. You are your children‘s best role model. If they see that you are stressed out and tired it will reflect on their behavior making matters worse. Take time out for YOU. Even if it is only a half an hour a day; you deserve it. I think I am due for some ME time.