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    Default Stress Management

    Hi 😊

    So I'm a mum to 3 littles ... 2 boys (4 & 3) and a girl (6 months), and lately I've been getting pretty stressed during the week mainly during the peak hour times i.e.) getting out the door in the morning or the dinner/bath/bed routine. I'm wondering what other people do to manage stress levels during these times because I find myself getting so uptight and tense in an effort to get things done! My husband is working away Mon - Fri at the moment so I'm flying solo during the week which is why I find it so crazy but yeah just wanting some tips on how to remain calm haha. I find if I worry too much about keeping my house perfect it makes it so much worse .... Any advice?! ☺️
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    I'm following along as I'm in the same boat. My older two (3 & 5 year old) are constantly at each other's throats during these times & my stress levels go through the roof.

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    When you feel stressed can you identify what feelings are beneath that? (Eg anger fear etc)

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    My approach?...a glass of wine after the dinner/bath/PJs routine

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    I have a glass of sherry or port after the kids go to bed. If its an awful day then I eat something calorie laden.

    But whilst I'm in the bedlam I count in my head and prioritize what needs to be done.

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    I got totally overwhelmed when my youngest was around 6mths to a year, especially the getting kids off to school. I've not figured out yet how to stay calm! Yesterday I found myself panicking about the backlog of housework still needing to be done and it was 5pm and we had no dinner organised. There just isn't enough hours in the day to get everything done. Simple maths! I finished off the job I was working on and house is still a mess this morning. In my house I have to accept there will be lots of chaos, I have to let some things slide. For me when I'm overwhelmed I get snappy and then things are worse as it impacts on my relationship with kids and makes me less efficient.
    Sorry not sure I have advice. It is very hard to coordinate 3 kids and a house by yourself. If you aren't getting a break it'll make it all feel harder too. I don't like my kids watching too much tv - oldest watched none until 18mths. Youngest was watching shows from 4 months! I need it I couldn't cope if she didn't watch peppa pig!!

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    I've only got two boys (2yo and 4mo) and I frequently feel like this! DH is away this week (FIFO) for the first time since DS2 was born, and I still haven't figured out how to juggle all the things that need to be done and also keep everyone smiling and happy at the same time.

    Some other mums seem to have it all figured out and working so smoothly. BUT one of those mums recenty admitted to me that their house is a mess and they feel like they're barely coping. It made me realise that probably all of us are just muddling through, doing as much as we reasonably can. Some people are just better at outwardly looking cool, calm and collected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanuthead View Post
    I'm following along as I'm in the same boat. My older two (3 & 5 year old) are constantly at each other's throats during these times & my stress levels go through the roof.
    Yes! It's a lot worse when you add fighting into the mix isn't it...already hectic enough without that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaGal View Post
    When you feel stressed can you identify what feelings are beneath that? (Eg anger fear etc)
    I feel like it's more the other way around, the stress of my to do list to get the kids either in the car or into bed causes me to get angry or anxious... If I have my hubs around to help then I don't really feel stressed.


 

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