You are a mom.
Most of the time you can… Get the kids ready for school, walk the dog, go to the store, clean the house, take the kids to soccer practice, cheer the loudest at their soccer games, feed the cat, wash the car, do the laundry, make dinner, bathe the kids, read books, tuck into bed, quality time with the husband… All without blinking an eye.
Sometimes, however, all of that productivity, combined with not much time for yourself, can lead to high levels of stress. No matter how hot a mom is, she won’t stay hot for long if her stress levels are consistently elevated. According to depressionperception.com, stress can weaken the immune system and can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes, weight gain, alcoholism, drug addiction and suicide.
What can you do to alleviate some of the daily stress? Luckily, you live in Denver. Look out your window! With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, you have a lot more to smile about than someone in, say, Minnesota. (No offense to any Minnesotans that may come across this article.) Here are some more ways that Denver moms can reduce stress:
- Join a mom’s group! It may seem like you are just adding to your list of things to do, but joining a mom’s group is a great way to reduce your stress. You’ll get the opportunity to meet other moms who are similar to you, enjoy children and husband-free MNO’s (Mom’s Night Out) and experience at least weekly playdates. MOMS Club International is a great organization designed specifically for stay-at-home moms. There are local chapters to join based on where you live. If you are a working mother, there are plenty of other groups that may be more suitable for you, like Mod Moms, which is another popular Denver group. Another option is an email-based group, like 80220 Moms. Whatever your choice, joining a mom’s group is a great way to meet other families in your area and reduce your stress level.
- Get a massage! This may seem obvious, but too many moms don’t take time out for themselves for even a one-hour massage. To experience a great, stress-relieving massage, visit Amanda Weeks at Natural Balance Integrative Health in Stapleton.
- Take an art class with your friends! Craving a night out with the ladies but tired of the same old sushi-and-wine evening? Take an art class! Denver offers several businesses designed to create an evening getaway, while teaching a skill at the same time. Learn how to paint the picture of the evening at Canvas and Cocktails! If pottery painting and glass fusing sound more fun, check out Ceramics in the City. Or, for just about any type of sewing class you can imagine, don’t miss Fancy Tiger’s craft classes! The possibilities are endless. It feels so great to bring something home that you created during your girl’s night out!
- Call your personal concierge! Yes, you read that right – your personal concierge. Have errands that need taken care of but no time to do them? Need a ride to the airport? Dog needs a walk? Office needs organized? Have to work late and the kids need a ride home from school? These and more can be taken care of by Julie Axelson, owner of Pro Services. To reach Julie, call (303) 619-9242, or email her at [email protected] Get a 10% discount on your first service with Julie by mentioning this article!
- Eat good food. Simply changing your diet can decrease stress immensely. Cut out the fried and processed food and try a healthy alternative – like Denver’s Watercourse Foods, which features organic, vegetarian options that taste great and won’t break the bank. You can fill your kitchen with wonderful, locally grown produce by visiting your local farmers market as well. You’ll feel better and look better before you know it.
- Exercise. Just do it.
Remember, you can always reduce your stress simply by going outside in our beautiful Denver weather and enjoying a few moments to yourself.