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Ways to Reduce Stress Levels in Working Moms

Posted Sep 06 2012 4:28pm

Working mothers are among the most exhausted people in the world. They have plenty of things to juggle — work deadlines, budgets, family responsibilities, and household chores — which create a massive amount of stress that ends up hurting their health. If you’re one of those working moms who pride yourself for being an excellent multitasker, you’re probably not aware with the kinds of risk your putting on your health.

Experts agree that too much stress triggers increased blood pressure, heart rate and inflammation in the body, all of which can result to heart problems.

So, how do you cope?

Your diet is as important as your health. Owing to the fact that you do a number of things, the more you need to consume nutritious food, which means plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and other fatty fish help decrease cholesterol , while whole grains may lower blood pressure and decrease cardiac risk. Additionally, fresh produce offers heart-healthy antioxidants, potassium, folate, and fiber.

Rest and quality sleep are also what you need the most to help you get rejuvenated. A study published in the European Heart Journal reveals that people who get less than six hours of sleep a night are almost 50 percent more likely to have a heart attack. As a working mom, it would be helpful to delegate some household tasks to your partner to give you additional time out.

If weekdays doesn’t give you a lot of time to slow down, make it a habit to recover on weekends. Try not to make your weekend schedules as cramp as the first five days of the week.

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