I took some time over the weekend and watched the incredible series, “The Truth About Cancer, A Global Quest”. You can find more information on it at their Facebook page if you like. The information is very empowering and amazing.
One of the key takeaways I got was that stress plays an incredible role – not only in our daily health and wellness – but with BIG issues like cancer.
Stress that is not handled and controlled will take a physical, as well as a mental, toll on your body and affect relationships. This is serious stuff. I have been aware of this information for my basic wellness, but it really struck me while watching some of the material about cancer and its prevention. I need to step up my game on how I handle my to-do list, my emotional health, and my relationships.
So how should you do it? I could come up with a huge list, but let’s start simple. In the life of a busy mom, there are certainly key components to our day – so here are a few to start with:
Write It Out, Schedule It Out
It is best to write down everything that seems to be overwhelming. You will find a things-to-do list much easier to manage than having errands all crumpled up in your head. Writing down the tasks, and putting a specific schedule and time to do them, helps anyone manage activities one chunk at a time. Crossing out an activity that has already been accomplished is very rewarding and could actually help you feel more relaxed when doing the other tasks at hand. I love crossing things off – LOVE IT! Precisely why I created the Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner – I want to check off that box.
One At a Time Works
Focus and put all your attention specifically on one task at one time. It does not help to feel panicky about the other undone or to-do tasks. Thinking about them only adds unnecessary stress and could even hamper in doing the task you are attempting to accomplish at present. I am not a very good multi-tasker – but in certain situations like listening to a podcast while cooking or driving, yeah I can do that!
Relax and Take It Slow
At least, try not to expend too much energy on activities that are currently not priorities. This is in order for your energy to be not easily expended on the tasks that are not that important, at least for now. I like to arrange my tasks in order of importance – this is critical for me to not get sidetracked with things that are not top priorities for the day.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
You need not do everything all at once, and you need not do everything on your own. Ask for help, get help, or pay for help. When there is a feeling of being overwhelmed that is cropping up, if you can budget it, hire someone to mow the lawn or get a sitter for your children. The feeling of being pressed to finish something on time will somehow be eliminated if tasks are delegated. It takes a load off unnecessary worry and anxiety. Moreover, it is easier checking up on how things are, than worrying yourself sick doing everything on your own, all at once.
Celebrate (Even the Mundane)
Acknowledging your accomplishments, no matter how big or small, is an effort that is necessary before getting on to the next tasks and activities. If completing a certain number of tasks allows you time for a break and a cup of tea – take it! Enjoy and celebrate. It reduces stress and could even make you happier in doing the next task.
Relax. Take some of the pressure off yourself and take a deep breath. Your health depends on it. You will find yourself healthier, happier, and a lot more productive.