Maintaining a healthy diet—for you and your little ones—is an important step to keeping stress in check. All it takes is a little pre-planning at meal times, YouBeauty Nutrition Advisor Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., says.
"If you know you're heading into a crazy week, find a day where you have the most time to yourself and cook for the entire week," she says. "Make a batch of brown rice that you can simply throw black beans and broccoli in, cut up veggies for your kid's lunches and put them in baggies, [or] make homemade hummus to dip the veggies in."
Lower your kids’ stress too
Also remember that it's a frenetic time for your kids too, so organizing some fun activities will go miles in reducing stress for everyone. Sure, it's time to get homework and bus-routes on the brain, but your little brainiacs also have to feel calm and collected to make it all work.
"Go out for ice cream, head for the beach or an amusement park, [or] kick around a soccer ball," Psychology Advisor Art Markman, Ph.D. suggests. If you work on your communication with your children now, he says, it will pay dividends later when they're busy with school-year activities.
Remember that perfection doesn’t exist
Trying to do it all with a perfect smile on your face and every hair in place can backfire in a big way. A new study found that "supermoms" have a higher rate of depression than women who realize that they won't be able to seamlessly handle everything.
As Dr. Lynne Knobloch-Fedders (Director of Research at Northwestern University's Family Planning Institute) puts it: "Women need to remember that 'perfection is the enemy of the good'—that is, trying to do everything all the time 'perfectly' isn't realistic, and just adds unnecessary pressure on top of the stress that is already there. Acknowledge and celebrate your limitations rather than trying to be perfect!"
Amen to that. Super Moms everywhere: Wear your many hats proudly, no matter how many things still loom on that never-ending checklist.
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