There are times when moms find themselves overwhelmed, overworked, overtired, and plain "over it." It's understandable — taking care of small humans is no easy task. It's relentless, challenging, boring, thrilling, rewarding, and unrewarding, all at the same time. Sometimes these opposing feelings and forces mix together to create the perfect emotional storm. Before lashing out at your children and those around you, consider some of the little things you can do every day to keep your mom anger under control in the moment and beyond.
It's no secret that moms are under an incredible amount of pressure. Between toting kids to activities, taking conference calls after work hours, and trying to squeeze in some you time, you certainly can see how parents occasionally have patience that's as thin as a thread. The numbers back this up too. According to a 2011 survey conducted by Katrina Alcorn, author of Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink, 88 percent of the560 respondents (all from households where all parents work) said they suffered from at least one health related stress problem since becoming a parent. Additionally, 59 percent said they had anxiety issues and 43 percent reported struggles with depression.
Beyond making time for some serious self and mental health care, it's important to have tools you can use every day to help with mini crises, meltdowns, and the chaos of life. Here are seven easy-to-implement tools that are super effective at calming fired up mom jets.