Whether you work outside the home or your home life is your work, a somewhat mystical objective that many moms long for is work-life balance. Is it real? Is it possible? Can I raise kids, run a home, grow in my work, marriage, homemaking and faith and still…I dunno, be alive?
I recently came across a podcast called Your Life Rocks with Jenny Stemmerman, and her passion is about just that: finding balance. She is a working mom and a coach and she gets the struggle. It was an honor to be a guest on her podcast, and she and I jumped into this topic that is eating away at so many moms: STRESS.
You can check out the episode here. In it we talked about three strategies that help you manage stress and work toward work-life balance, outlined below:
1. Create a healthy perspective about stress
Stress is not a bad thing; it was designed by God for our good. Once we can see stress in our lives from a neutral place, we can be better equipped to deal with it in a healthy way.
2. Know you can’t always control stress but you can control your stress response
Let’s talk about stress resiliency. As you begin to build up this up for yourself, here are the things to think about:
Physical: Taking care of your body with good nutrition, staying hydrated, exercise, and getting the right about of sleep for yourself.
Emotional/Mental: Setting boundaries, minimizing toxic self-thinking, working on better relationships, limit screen time.
Spiritual: See below
3. Practice spiritual rest
God created us to do amazing things, but he also called us to slow down and rest. The Bible calls us to this over and over and God has set examples through nature and through his own actions. It’s about celebration and showing gratitude. So choose your Sabbath. Pray about it and see how God would have you implement this into your life.
I hope you enjoy it! Again, you can check out the episode here: Busy Moms Dealing with Stress.
And don’t forget, I have a free 5-day course on stress management called StressLESS that will walk you through this process. Sign up below: