Tips for Reducing Stress

Tips for reducing stress, ideas for single mothers on managing anxiety and coping with stress.

Single mothers especially the new ones are bound to face a lot of stress in life. They have to think of household budget, the children's needs, pressure at the workplace or unemployment for some and worries about the uncertain future.

Stress affects health. Some of the early symptoms of stress are recurring shoulder pains and aches and pains at the back of your head. Other indicators that you are stressed out are having trouble sleeping, changes in eating patterns, increased addiction to alcohol or cigarettes, fatigue, lethargic and exhaustion even with sufficient sleep and feeling very emotional.

If it is not curbed at the early stage, it will turn to chronic stress. This will lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, depression, early aging or obesity.

Tips for reducing stress.

Identify your problem.

Identify the real problem and face it. Is lack of money or resources your main concern? Or is it because you feel angry, bitter and rejected? Or is loneliness driving you crazy. Once you can identify the problem, it is easier to look for a solution. And there are always several options available and a solution.

Watch your food intake.

This is one of the most important tips for reducing stress. Eat healthy and watch your diet. If you find that you are eating a lot more due to pressure, you might be turning into an emotional eater where you get comfort from food. If this happens you will put on weight especially at your waistline.

Take regular exercise.

There are many health benefits of exercise like helping to reduce stress, keep you fit and lose weight. Take regular exercise like walking, running or swimming no matter how busy you are.

Manage and control your emotions.

There are situations and events that you can't avoid. And you will have to deal with your ex husband or other people who will drain your energy and make you feel stressful. You don't have any control over them. But you do have control over how you respond. The next time you get uptight about something out of your control, take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that you can't change people or some things.

Laugh more often.

There are quite a number of reports stating that laughter is one of the effective ways on managing anxiety and coping with stress. Even if you are under great pressure, you must find ways to laugh and feel good. There are funny movies and comedies that you can watch. Or you can hang around people who are witty, jovial and have lots of jokes to share.

Think of your children.

If you have children, remember that they are affected by the way you feel, react and behave. Your children need your strength and encouragement and you can only give them if you do have it. So show that you care and love them and you will get the same in return.

Don't isolate yourself.

You might be busy during the weekdays. Take time off during the weekend. Go out with your children to parks, for picnics or to meet your parents. And once in a while leave them with your parents or someone whom you trust and go out and get a life.

Take time for deep relaxation.

Here is another one of the important tips for reducing stress. Relax your body and mind. Before you sleep, lie down straight and breathe deeply several times. Inhale deeply from your nose, hold it for a few seconds and let go slowly through your mouth. As you breathe in and out, let go of all your tension, worries and fears. When you feel relaxed, visualize your dream or goal and affirm to yourself that you will choose and allow yourself to feel joy, happiness and attract all the good things and people into your life.

Related Resources

The Single Mom's Survival Guide

Busy Moms - The Heart and Soul of a Home

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