Stress makes you 3 times more likely to experience heart problems, back problems, infections, injuries, and mental health problems AND makes you 5 times more likely to experience certain forms of cancer. That is a major problem.
Stress can affect us deeply and it can affect every aspect of our lives. I’m as guilty as the next mom of letting stress get the best of me from time to time.
Stephanie Marston is one of the foremost work/life stress experts and she’s created an online program called 30 Days to Sanity to help you learn to manage the stress that you have in your life and find some balance. The program is talks a lot about work/life balance so it’s best for either working moms or work at home moms, but the tips can be used by anyone who needs to do more than just get through the day.
30 Days to Sanity? Really?
I’m sure every parent has had those moments where you swear you are losing your mind. Whether you are a working mom, a work at home mom, or a stay at home mom, parenting is challenging. It comes at you from every direction sometimes and if you aren’t on top of your game, it can overwhelm you.
I’ve found that the key to being a great parent is making sure I’m meeting my own needs. I can’t really be there for my kids if I’m stressed or overworked. I used to think it was shellfish of me to take time to myself but I’ve realized, as I’ve become an older and hopefully wiser mom that taking care of my own needs is essential. It’s good for my kids to have a happy, stress-free mom.
Small changes can really have huge results. Stephanie Marston gives you some wonderful mental tools that you can use on a daily bases to keep your stress level down and be the parent and the woman that you should be.
Start Working on your Dreams
One thing that really stood out to me in the program was the way Stephanie Marston encourages you to make SMART goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound. I’m a big goal setter (just not a great goal-completer) so I’m always looking for ways to make my goals a little more reachable. I loved the concrete tips that Stephanie Marston gave to really help you work towards dreams and goals that you’ve been putting off.
Ease of Use
One of the things I really loved about the 30 Days to Sanity course was that it is really easy to navigate and you can break it up into short increments if you have 10 minutes to spare (because really, who has hours of extra time?). You can even download the audio files so you can listen to them in your car or while you’re going for a run (since that’s on my to-do list at the moment).
If you feel like you’re losing it (and don’t worry, we all feel that way at one time or another) then it may be time to slow down and learn some new methods for dealing with the stress in your life. Some of the sections in 30 Days to Sanity are a bit dry but the information is fantastic. If you can even implement 1 of Stephanie Marston’s tips at a time, I think you’ll see a huge difference in your life. I’m working on one step at a time right there along with you!
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the 30 Days to Sanity Campaign and received access to the webinar and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.