How to Keep Your Sanity When Raising a Child

There is nothing a mother loves more than her child, except perhaps watching that beautiful angel sleep after a long, crazy day of disorderly conduct. They say it’s even crazier when you have more than one child, but sometimes it’s easier because they have someone else to argue with besides you! If you are at your wit’s end trying to manage all the household duties while keeping your child out of mischief, and perhaps even pulling a full-time job in your ‘spare time,’ take a little advice from mothers around the world. Here is some of what they do to maintain some semblance of sanity.

Prioritize

Listen, the fact is that some things are just more important than others. If it isn’t a safety or health issue, it can wait in line until after lunch or dinner. And if you are too tired, it can wait until morning. A few toys around the house aren’t going to end the world as we know it, so unless they are in the middle of a walkway, tomorrow is soon enough!

A Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Sometimes you are just too tired and frustrated to even cry. Many moms say that having a great belly laugh is good for the soul. Check out funny quips on Examined Existence to put that smile back on your face. Did you know that laughter is even restorative? There have been many scientific studies on how laughter led to cures doctors couldn’t understand. If you can’t fix it, a good laugh might help you forget your troubles, if only for a time.

Take a Break – You Deserve It

Sometimes mom and dad take turns having an evening off. Dad relieves mom so that she can get some ‘me time,’ and mom lets ’s dad have his night out with the guys. However, single-parent households don’t have that luxury. Do you have a friend or family member you could trade babysitting days with? If not, make sure you do nothing whatsoever when the kids are down for a nap or in bed for the night. Yes, you are tempted to catch up on all those little tasks that somehow got set aside, but your health and sanity are much more important. Take a break for goodness sake!

Structure Is the Key to Sanity

While child psychologists will tell you that structure is of vital importance in a child’s life, it is equally important in yours. Regularly scheduled meals, bath times, bedtimes, play times and other ways you structure and organize your lives make a real difference. Not only will kids feel safe and secure within set boundaries, so too will you know what to expect and when. You can schedule your day more effectively around those times you know you will be busy ‘working’ with the kids. Believe it or not, a structured environment is typically a safe and peaceful environment.

Don’t go overboard with structure, though. You aren’t a drill sergeant in the army. Stick close enough to your schedule for comfort, don’t worry about the little things, get a good dose of laughter each day, and by all means, take time out for you. Beyond deserving it, you need it. Your kids will appreciate the calmer, funnier mom, so give it a try. It can’t hurt!

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Virtual Doctor Visits at Home: Saving Money and Time with Amwell

 

That time of year is here – the weather turns colder, and it seems the kids get sicker. The Winter to Spring seems to be the biggest ‘sick’ season in our schools and home. A few years ago it was literally every other week I turned around and one of my kids (or myself) was sick. With working a full-time job and doing all this parenting on my own, I don’t have time to run myself or my kids to the doctor every time we start to not feel well.

But I’m a worrier just like any other Mom – is that cough just part of a regular cold, or could it be something worse? Is the sore throat from coughing, or do they have strep? So many questions, and not enough time to spend hours at the doctor’s office waiting to get answers (she definitely does NOT like the Doctor’s office) not to mention money!

That is why I love Amwell. Amwell has Doctors, therapists, and specialist that you can reach in minutes from your computer, tablet or phone.

So there are soo many reasons to love (and use) Amwell.

  • There’s no wait – once you fill out your information and login, you are placed in a queue to see a Doctor based on your symptoms. The longest I’ve ever sat is 5 minutes – FIVE minutes! That’s it. It makes me longer to get signed in at the front desk of our family doctor!
  • No appointment needed – have you ever had a kid get sick in the middle of the night and you knew they needed to be seen by a Doctor? So you try to appease their fever/ etc all night and wait to call the Doctor in the morning only to find out their first appointment isn’t until the end of the day, or even worse, they can’t fit you in at all? No worries with Amwell. Call and BAM! you’re in!
  • No Need to Use those PTO Days – Having to take off of work to go wait hours in the waiting room at the doctor’s office has always super irritated me, especially for something like diagnosing a rash, or answering questions about why my eyes were red and itchy,or why my son’s wart wouldn’t go away. Instead of taking a day off,I’m able to get online with Doctor’s via Amwell and get answers when it’s convenient for me – even if it’s right before bedtime, or first thing in the morning!

Don’t just take my word for it – use this special code: MOM38 to receive 25% an urgent care visit with Amwell.

 

Compensation was provided by Amwell via Momtrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends. 

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The Power of (Self) Love

The whole world seems to be suffering with an emotional epidemic of low self-esteem, low self-worth and low-confidence.  Admittedly, there are plenty of people out there that have genuinely high self-esteem but you must have run into an equal amount of people who mask their true insecurity with overconfidence to the point they can come across as arrogant.

 

In today’s fast paced and hyper-stimulated world we all need to put our mental health first and one of the best ways to do that is to learn to love ourselves.

 

Most of us live in a society, today, where there’s so much social pressure to keep up with the latest trends – whether that’s the latest iPhones, designer denim jackets, or automobiles that many we often look to external solutions to solve internal challenges and live our lives thinking if we just get a flatter stomach, an increase in salary, a promotion at work, or a particular purchase… then, we’ll feel better; but rather that looking at this from an outside-in perspective, we need to start loving ourselves from the inside out, as this is a foundation to solid mental health, success and happiness.

 

This article offers three suggestions on how to do just that:

 

  1. STOP TRYING TO FILL THE VOID

We’re all guilty of distracting ourselves from time to time, but this level of distraction can become psychologically unhealthy such as when it turns into addictive tendencies.  It’s very easy to chase after things, or people, in order to fill the void within – but the best way to fill that void is to simply accept it exists, honour the feelings you have around this, and look for nourishing ways to flesh out your own life rather than being dependent on a relationship or particularly aspect of your life (e.g. work or business) in order to prop you up emotionally.

 

  1. STOP DOING THAT WHICH HURTS YOU

Think of the metaphor of having back pain; there’s normally a trigger that causes this pain  – there are things that aggravate this physical pain and there are also things that soothe this physical pain; which is similar to emotional pain.  Just like how your daily activities cause your back pain, such as sitting at a desk all day without stretching or picking up heavy items without bending your knees – there are daily activities you engage in on an emotional level that cause you emotional pain.  Avoid these activities and stop doing that which hurts you.

 

  1. GET RID OF NEGATIVE PEOPLE

We all have toxic people in our lives, it’s just a natural part of life, but there is scientific research that now proves energy rubs off – if you’re around negative people that have low self-esteem and don’t believe in themselves, how can you possibly expect them to believe in you.  You’ve got to get around positive, nourishing and encouraging people that have the capacity to support you.

 

In summary, it’s time to start treating yourself better and looking at nourishing yourself from self-love on the inside, rather than external items that are often distractions or compensatory in their nature… be this food, people, or things.  When you start embracing the power of self love your whole life will feel wonderful.

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4 Ways To Decrease Wedding Planning Stress

Your wedding is one of the best days of your life. It’s a time for celebrating love and sharing your bond with friends and family. Unfortunately, the wedding day also causes a lot of stress. There’s a great deal to attend to and it becomes an overwhelming process if you’re not careful.

Try hard not to get caught up in wanting every detail to be perfect. Go with the flow and give yourself a break once in a while. Remember why you’re getting married and focus on all of the positive aspects of your big day. See four ways to decrease wedding planning stress.

Plan Ahead

Even if you’re the type to slack, this is one event where you want to be on top of your game. Plan ahead and follow a strict timeline for completing tasks. Even though it may feel stressful at the time, it’s going to help you design a beautiful wedding and feel calmer overall. Attend bridal shows and exhibitions early on in the planning stages. Get a feel for what you may like to wear and what type of cake and flowers you want. Start planning right after the engagement to minimize any mishaps or mistakes.

DIY what you can

Save money by completing some tasks yourself. DIY your makeup or design your own wedding invitations. It’s easy to do online and requires no design skills. Tell your story in a fresh and unique way. Adobe Spark wedding invitation templates provide you with all the tools you need to convey your joy to friends and family. There’s no learning curve and no stress. All you have to do is personalize it and make one design choice at a time. Your guests will be touched be the thoughtfulness that goes behind making your own invites.

Take Care of Yourself

The most important task to add to your to-do list is to take care of yourself. Enlist in a yoga class, meditate or hang out with your friends. Spend time relaxing and preparing for your big day. You need to avoid getting sick or being overtired on your wedding day. Get proper rest and focus on attending to your mind and body throughout the planning process. It’ll be easy to start worrying about what everyone else is doing and thinking, but it’ll only hurt you in the end. Focus on you and managing your stress.

Designate A Point Person on your Wedding Day

It’s important to have someone who you trust at your side the day of the wedding. Pick a close friend or family member to be in charge of ensuring a smooth ride. Delegate responsibilities to them like making sure the venue is ready to go on time and helping guests move from one area to the next. It’ll take a lot of pressure off of you on your wedding day.

Conclusion

Your special day doesn’t have to be taxing. Stay positive and focus on what really matters. These are four ways to decrease wedding planning stress.

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How to Boost Your Income When You are Self-Employed

Being self-employed has so many benefits; it allows you to take ownership of your schedule, select the projects that you want to work on, and spend time in your own space. For some people, having so much control is an absolute delight. However, many people struggle to handle so much freedom, especially when there is no one else to answer to, it can be tempting to put off work and give in to distractions. It is also incredibly easy to get stuck in a rut, instead of looking out for exciting and lucrative opportunities. If you want to secure success, it is vital that you avoid falling into these traps. Below are four tips that will help you to do this.

Invest in the right equipment

The first step is to improve the quality of your work. This is a great opportunity for you to raise your prices and boost your income. Before you make any important decisions, it is vital that you do your research. Otherwise, you could run the risk of wasting money on unnecessary purchases. Luckily, you can find out everything you need to know at the click of a button. For instance, if you run your own home based T-shirt Business, you should visit heatpressguide.com. It is a brilliant way for you to find equipment that will help you to take your business to the next level.

Boost your profile online

Another important step is to go online to boost the profile of your business. It is a cost-effective way for you to spread the word about your entrepreneurial endeavors. It is surprisingly easy to set up an impressive website and high-quality social media profiles. Once you have established a loyal online following, you should also consider starting a virtual store and direct all of your online traffic in this direction.

Make the most of your time

When you are self-employed, it can be difficult to stay motivated. Instead of relying on someone else to dictate your workload, you are required to take matters into your own hands. It could be preventing you from optimizing your earning potential. If you want to avoid this, you need to make sure that you are working to the best of your abilities and bringing in as much money as possible. You can do this by creating your office space, planning your workload in advance, and delegate your less important tasks.

Invest in your skillset

Finally, you need to invest in your skill set and find a course that will help you to understand better the industry that you are in. If you are struggling to choose the correct path, why not write a list of all your strengths and weaknesses? Then, you can identify any areas where you need to make improvements. Perhaps you need help with managing your finances. Maybe you would like to produce your own online content, but don’t know how. Whatever the case, now is the time to make a change for the better. Taking these steps will be a huge help in boosting your income and guiding you towards a brighter future.

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