Motherhood has got to be one of the most rewarding aspects of life. But it’s also the most stressful. Becoming a mother brings about many changes that can be difficult to adapt to and may result in anxiety and stress.

The responsibilities of being a mother come with a workload that can put a lot of strain on a woman’s body and mind. As we struggle to perform, as we should, frustrations arise that result in stress and increase the risk of falling into a depression.

As a parent, there are a few ways to endure the strenuous nature of parental work and enjoy the endless rewards that are associated with being a mother.

Understand the underlying reason: If one of your children throws a tantrum over a toy his brother has, think what the real reason for his complaint is.

Children usually respond to situations without evaluating why they are reacting that way. To minimize stress when dealing with your kids’ tantrums, talk to them to identify the true cause of their frustrations.

Bring out your inner child: Children can act as wonderful stress relievers just as much as they can add to our anxiety. Playing with your kids will not only give you a chance to exercise (a powerful anti-stressor), it will give you a chance to laugh and have fun while spending some quality time with your kids.

If you can see the world through your children’s eyes for a few moments a day, this will brighten your perception of things and buffer stress when it prevails.

Seize the moment: Most parents of college kids will tell you that it seems like yesterday that their children learned to ride a bike or said their first word.

This is because as a parent, you learn to remember the milestones in your children’s lives, and these become even more important when your sons and daughters leave the nest.

If you find yourself frustrated because your son just isn’t grasping potty training, think about how you will remember this moment in the future, and how when it’s gone, these precious moments will be the things that you remember.

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