April is Stress Awareness Month.

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty aware of my stress! I have a toddler who has just begun to discover she can topple furniture on herself and play with the stove dials, I’ve got a 40 hour a week job, I try to be active, eat healthy, and like to cook my own meals, and  I want to have time for my family and friends. I also like to sleep. I am very aware of my stress.

Stressed_ S.L.E.E.P.!!!

We all have many stressors in our lives. Our bodies are programmed with a fight-or-flight response, which, when our ancestors were faced with a sabertooth tiger, was a great response, since it kept us alive. Nowadays, people who are under stress, and especially chronic stress, feel a lot of its ill effects, ranging from worry and anxiety to weakened immune systems and heart problems.

Americans are super stressed – we must be if we have a whole month devoted to it! So, how do we alleviate this stress? A quick Google search will land you countless articles about stress reduction and tips and tricks. As a mom, I’ve realized that we all need to S.L.E.E.P. No, not sleep (although that helps, too!)-


S- Set aside time for YOU!

The second I became a mom, and I looked in my baby’s eyes, my self-sacrifice dial shot up to 100 and it isn’t going back down. Sure, I’ve always given of myself to others, but not in the way I do with my baby. New moms, especially, listen to me: YOU NEED TIME FOR YOU! The first time I left her to go for a walk, I felt like I was neglecting her. Yes, my husband was watching her, but it wasn’t me. Guess what? She survived. And I felt a million times better. It is so important for moms (And dads. And everyone) to have times reserved for activities they enjoy, whether it’s going for a walk, meditating, coloring in an adult coloring book, or going out for Girls’ Night.

L-Let it go!

Your toddler had a meltdown at Target for everyone to see? You didn’t get around to cleaning the house today because your daughter decided to empty the drawers of clothes? Guess what? It doesn’t matter! Except for the major life, death or dismemberment issues, most things that seem like a big deal at the time really aren’t. When faced with a situation that you’re stressing about, ask yourself: will it matter in 5 hours? 5 months? 5 years? The answer is probably not. And, if the answer is yes, ask yourself: do I have control to change the situation? If so, great- focus your energy there. If not, the worry will not help. In terms of the daily adventures in Mommyland, I’ve learned that I’m not going to get it all done, and that’s okay. I will take extra snuggles with my daughter over one more load of laundry any day.


Physical activity has a number of benefits ranging from boosting energy to disease prevention and stress relief. It is important that before you begin any exercise regimen you consult with your doctor. Some moms I know do Mom and Baby Yoga or Stroller Strides. When my daughter was born in the winter, I bundled her up and did laps upon laps of mall walking. When the weather got better, we went for walks outside and enjoyed the fresh air as an added bonus. At 6 weeks post-partum, I was psyched to be able to get back to the gym. Now, at work, I make sure to go for walks on my lunch hour to help me get in my daily steps.

E- Eat! and Eat Well!

I’ve heard from so many new moms about how they have no time to eat between diaper changes, feedings, laundry, and more. Guess what? You’re no good to anyone if you’re no good to yourself, and that involves making sure you eat and drink enough. You are expending a lot of energy taking care of your baby.  Consider that a nursing mother needs to consume an additional 300-500 calories a day and her breastmilk is 80% water. This means food is super important, and not just any food- good quality food. Try to eat a well-balanced diet, with healthy fats, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Certain foods are known to help with emotional regulation and stress relief. See food as fuel and don’t get sucked in to any pressure to get back to your pre-pregnancy body. You had a baby! That is frickin’ amazing! Be proud of that body!

P-Plan your week ahead!

I cannot stress how important this is, especially for you working moms. During the week, I start thinking about the next week’s meals. I look at the fliers on Friday, plot my grocery list, and have a loose idea of what meals we will have when. One of my friends has made each night of the week a different ethnicity to help her planning. My husband and I talk on Sunday about what the week’s nights will look like. Who’s going out which night? When are we going to the gym? I find that having this predictability helps reduce, if not eliminate, the “uhoh- it’s 6:00 pm and I have no idea what’s for dinner” chaos and helps us make healthy, homemade dinners a reality. It also helps makes setting side time for ourselves-a reality for both my husband (dads need time, too!) and me.

What are some of your stress relievers? How do you make sure that you S.L.E.E.P.?

Lindsay Goldberg is a working mom who then comes home and works there, too. She loves finding quick, healthy recipes to make for her family and lives for her Sunday morning escape to the gym. She has given up on trying to find balance, and is, instead focused on surviving and being Good Enough. Likes- books, family dance parties, morning snuggles, and drinking coffee when it's still hot. Dislikes- recipes with more than 10 ingredients or 10 steps, winter, and deadlines