Moms spend their entire lives cleaning the house, cooking in the kitchen and getting kids ready for school. To a large extent, this is true. And don’t make the mistake of thinking that only stay-at-home moms do these things. Even those who have full time jobs still manage to squeeze in all these chores whenever they have a free hour or two.
Being a mother is a demanding career, whether you have a day job or you’re spending full time at home. It’s no wonder stress levels are always up for moms. Often, their stress levels are higher than those of daddies.
Even if you desire to become a supermom who can whip everything up in a matter of seconds, it’s imperative to remember that you’re only human. You can only do so much within your limitations. Recognizing that you need help and getting all the help you need could keep your sanity intact.
Why Extra Hands?
As mentioned earlier, stress levels are often very high among mothers, especially those with Type A personalities who try to be the best in everything. If you get help from your spouse or children in doing the household chores inside the house, your stress levels will tone down a bit. This is very important since high stress levels can contribute to various health problems including hypertension and heart disease.
Low Back Pain
Doing all those back-breaking chores can be detrimental to your lower back. If you experience chronic pain in the lower back, it’s a must to take regular breaks while working inside the house. Take over-the-counter medications to relieve pain.
It’s common for moms to get all tired by the end of the day. Mild exhaustion is normal and shouldn’t be any cause for concern. But if you try to do everything everyday, this can take a toll on your physical health eventually. You might experience chronic fatigue which would make it hard for you to do the things that you need to do.
A recent study showed that moms trying to become supermoms are prone to depression. Getting help around the house will not only make you less tired but also reduce the risk of depression. It’s always more fun to do things with someone else. Other than that, this also takes those piles of chores off your back. You’re less likely to feel like a failure if the things that you do are within your capabilities.
How To Get Help?
Divide Household Chores
If you have children, start teaching them to do some household chores. Enlist your spouse to partake in these. He might be unwilling to lend an extra hand at first because work is also very tiring for him but if you talk to him about how all these work are taking a toll on your health, he would probably oblige.
Ask A Friend
If you have a certain skill that you can trade, exchange this for some extra help from your friends who can do some yard or housecleaning for you.