The pressures of motherhood, work, and everyday life can really add up, especially as summer winds down—leaving many busy moms wondering how to deal with stress.
The kids are heading back to school, the exhausting daily grind is beginning all over again, and, to add insult to injury, you just found your first gray hair. If you’re anything like the average stressed-out mom, you put the needs of your family before your own, you’re always on the go, you never set any time aside for yourself, and you usually feel burnt out by nighttime.
Want to lessen your stress, but don’t know where to start? By turning your focus inward and giving yourself some much-deserved “me” time with these calming tools, you’ll be on the road to a stress-free life:
Modern Meditation Accessories
You’ve tried guided meditation on YouTube, but ads kept popping up—it’s pretty hard to stay in the moment when you’re constantly distracted! Enter Muse, which works with iPhones, Androids, and tablets, and has been described as “the Fitbit for Meditation.”
The futuristic-looking headset functions like a heart monitor for your brain: by detecting your brainwaves, it determines how much concentration you’re giving to meditation exercises, and gives you audio and visual feedback in real time. It also tracks your progress so you can see how mindful you’re becoming.
Helpful Meditation Apps
You’re always on your phone . . . why not have it work for you? Buddhify has 80 different guided meditation tracks, which range from five to 30 minutes. If you’re stressed-out and on-the-go, all you need is a pair of earbuds and the app.
Convenient Yoga Apps
You don’t have time to go to yoga classes, and you’re intimidated by how put-together the other students seem to be. If you’re wondering how to deal with stress, though, yoga is an incredibly effective practice.
Luckily, you can do it at home. Daily Yoga is the most popular mobile yoga app, and for a reason—it features more than 400 poses, has plans you can follow, and provides relaxing background music for their stress-melting workouts. It also tracks those workouts, letting you know how many calories you burn each session.
Relaxing and calorie-burning? Sounds like a great combo.
Relaxing Scented Candles
Kids driving you nuts? The right scent can elevate any mood. This Golden Cassis Woven Crystal Perfume Candle by Agraria is infused with Galbanum, a stress-reducing aroma that has been used for centuries in herbal medicine; the fact that it also happens to look beautiful is just icing on the cake—because beautiful surroundings can calm even the most stressed-out mom.
Stylish Stress Balls
When you’re stressed, take matters into your hands! A practice dating back to the Ming Dynasty, rotating a pair of Chinese Baoding Stress Balls stimulates acupuncture points, which makes these highly effective relaxation tools. Made of marble, they also look great on your desk. If you want to know how to deal with stress in a stylish way, look no further.