While I promise that this blog will not become a blog about my mother and her recent health issues,I also feel that it is important as working mothers (and fathers, since I know that I have some faithful male readers as well!) that we understand when we are stressed and we know what to do about it.
The human body is really quite amazing. Think about it: We get a cut and the body knows how to heal that cut. Our skin scabs and then grows back together. We may have a thin scar, but other than that, oftentimes there is nothing but a memory to make us know we one time had a cut in that spot.
Not only can the body heal itself, but it can send us some wonderful signals that we are overworked, overtired or overstressed (if not all three at the same time!)
Being a working parent certainly provides ample opportunity to put stress on our systems. Just a lack of sleep can cause some serious side effects, so imagine what your body goes through when you are not only sleeping enough but on top of that running around like crazy, avoiding exercise and eating poorly.
Not sure if your hectic schedule is creating some health problems? Take a look at some common warning signs that you are doing too much, and then a few ways that you can get your body back on a healthy track.
-Are you sick a lot? If so your body is telling you to slow down!
-Overly emotional? Another sign that you need some more rest.
-Suffering from headaches, stomachaches and other ailments can be your body’s way of requesting a much needed break
-If you fly off of the handle over little things (you know, even though you don’t want your kids jumping on the bed it sure
isn’t a reason to scream!) you just may need some R&R
-Feeling forgetful? Perhaps you have too much on your mind
So if you are suffering from some or all of these symptoms, what can you do about it?
-Take a day off. I mean, completely off: No house work, no work-work. Lie in bed, read a book, order in food. Don’t think you can? Believe me, the one day that you take off can make the rest of the month go much more smoothly. Sometimes all we need is a six hour stretch alone where all we have to do is sleep, eat and watch silly talk shows!
-Lessen your schedule. Move conferences and meetings around so that you don’t have them right on top of one another.
-Ask the family for help. Families work so much better when everyone is on the same page. If you are trying to do everythingaround the house and everything at work and everything for the children you are going to eventually drop! Instead, ask everyone to chip in. Kids of all ages can do chores! And husbands, deep down, love to help around the house, even if they at first protest.