With the holiday season here, it is easy to get so busy that you forget to focus on taking care of your own health. The result is a mom who is burned out and too tired to enjoy the holidays. These tips will help you focus on your health during the holidays so you can enjoy making memories with your family.
Quality time with our kids is so important, both for building strong relationships that will last into adulthood and to help our children’s development. As a mom of six who works full time from home, I know how hard it can be to find a way to carve out space in your day for quality time with your kids. Stress Health, our sponsor for this post, has some amazing tips that can help you find the time to be fully present for your kids, even when your schedule is packed.
The school year is started and you are, more or less, on a routine. You’ve got schedules for everything, to-do lists that are color coded, and backpacks all hung in a row after school. You may be breathing a bit easier and feeling like you’ve got this back-to-school thing under control. Burnout is a very real thing though and it always hits me just after I feel like I am on top of everything. After almost 16 years as a mom, I’ve learned some tricks to help avoid burnout and recover if you need to.
Stress is a part of life, but sometimes it can be overwhelming and be detrimental to our health. As adults, we’ve all likely experienced more stress than we’ve been comfortable with. Stress is hard enough to deal with as an adult, but kids can be heavily affected by stressful experiences, especially when they experience Adverse Childhood Experiences that force them to cope with a toxic level of stress. New studies have found that children who experience Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are more susceptible to a myriad of health conditions later on. The Center for Youth Wellness is working hard to help families counteract the effect of ACEs and has some amazing resources to help us deal with stress, whether in our childhood or the lives of our own children.
Gun violence is happening around the country at an alarming rate. Every day, hundreds of people are killed or injured as a result of gun violence. As a mom of 6, school shootings are my biggest fear. In 2010, my worst fear came to life as we experienced a school shooting. The aftermath of that left me convinced that we are not doing enough to protect our children.