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Category:  Health
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Stress Busters for Busy Moms (Dads, too!)

By Colleen Langenfeld
 
 
*No time for me!*
*Kids!*
*Such a messy house!*
*I need a raise!*

What do all of these things have in common?

They can all be sources of stress for today's busy mom. It doesn't matter where she lives...whether she's rich or poor...what her circumstances might be. She still has to deal with these everyday stresses.

She needs Stress Busters!

Stress Busters are a fun way to look at managing your busy lifestyle. Instead of letting everyday hassles get you down, have you yelling at your kids, or give you another stress-induced headache, Stress Busters are a way to get on top of your frustrations and, once and for all, make things better.

Now, don't get me wrong. Stress Busters cannot solve all your problems!

But wouldn't it be nice to have a schedule that runs smoothly? How would you feel if you regularly accomplished your daily tasks instead of always feeling like a moving target?

Stress Busters are simple and here's the (shhhh) secret ingredient.

Tools.

That's right, tools.

Let's think about this for a minute. Would you try to drive down the freeway without a car? Would you do your office work without a computer? So what makes you think that you can just wish for everyone in your household to magically keep your home clean and it will work? Hey, if it does work, please email me and tell me YOUR secret!

For most of us mere mortals, however, tools are vital to the success of our daily lives. That's where Stress Busters come in. For example...

Tired of it being five o'clock p.m. each day and you have no idea what's for dinner? Do you long for an occasional home-cooked meal? Are you spending too much on take-out meals each month?

Well, using a Stress Busters strategy, you can change all that. You can do an online search for meal planning ideas, jotting down your favorite suggestions. What? Don't have time to do this? You do realize, don't you, that you are LOSING time each and every day you don't have a plan for dinner?

Listen, you can do some upfront self-education, spend some time researching tools (like recipes, once-a-month cooking strategies, co-op cooking, meal planning software and the like), spend a few minutes over the next few weeks trying out tools and ideas to find what works best for your family and tame this dinnertime beast forever.

Stress Busters. Pretty cool, huh?

Let's tackle another one. Career stresses. Perhaps you genuinely DO need a raise. Or maybe you'd love to change careers, but are convinced you could never pull it off. Maybe you need more flextime due to family needs, but you don't know how to approach your boss.

Using the Stress Busters' philosophy, you now know what to do. You will not spend one more minute wishing, whining or frustrated. You will get to work. What types of tools will you need to solve career stresses? Sometimes information is all you need. Do another online search for, say, flextime, and see what other people have done to help themselves. If you want to change jobs, there's a ton of information online. You can also go to the library or a local community college and ask about career change information. Find an online forum of folks in the industry you are interested in and politely ask them a few questions. Generally speaking, people love to help!

Of course, you could do career testing, additional education courses, or a long-term career-development plan. These are all Stress Buster ideas. And by now you've probably figured out that Stress Busters go by another name, too.

Action.

That's not really a secret either, but it's amazing how many people 'know' they should take action, but don't.

And so nothing changes for them. And the stress keeps mounting up.

The choice is yours, busy mom. You can continue to be plagued by your daily stresses or you can rise up and take control. Taking control will cost you much less time, effort, and hair-pulling in the long run.

Don't believe me? Take a little action every day and see for yourself.

Colleen Langenfeld has been parenting for over 24 years and helps other busy moms at http://www.paintedgold.com. Get a no-cost Busy Moms Stress Busters Kit at http://www.paintedgold.com/Kits/stress-busters.html


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