Honestly, as a working mom I'm so busy there's usually not a whole lot of time to even realize I'm stressed. There are those moments, however, when my constant state of elevated stress hits me square in the face and I'm headed for either a glass of wine or a pretty big meltdown. Luckily, my partner has learned to spot the signs of distress early, because the things a working mom means when she says she's "a little stressed" are no damn joke. If you hear those three little words, it's time to jump into action, my friends.
Having said that, I do think being a stay-at-home mom and a working mom are difficult in different ways. As a working mom, my brain works overtime nearly all the time in an attempt to keep up with the multiple hats I wear on a daily basis. It means that I'm constantly convinced at least one of those hats are going to fall off my head. When that happens, my stress level elevates and it's time to break out the M&Ms. So, with that in mind and because prevention is easier than crisis management, here's what a working mom really means when she says she's "stressed." Keep the chocolate close, you guys.