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My name is Suzanne Conant and we are a military family and have lived around the world!  I work from home and my husband is a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the U.S Army and this summer of 2010 will have 23 years of active duty service.  We have two teenage boys and we homeschool.  In September of 2008 I found our team and I truly can’t put into words how wonderful it is to actually make an income while still being at home everyday with my kids! One of my favorite things about our team is that our everyday mission is to help others have the same freedom we do!  There is hope out there for you with whatever you’re trying to accomplish and we are here to help you reach your goals!  I'm looking forward to talking to you soon.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

How to Manage Stress as Home Working Moms

We all have stress from daily living. It's a fact of life and there is no escaping it. It's how we manage it that's important and is what molds us into the people that we are. The idea is managing stress before it dominates you and makes you a mean person by the time you are 20 years of age. We can experience harmful repercussions from stress unless we have effective ways of coping.

Deciding to work from home can be a stressful experience, if you let it. However, there are certain things you can do to combat jangled nerves more effectively.

Below are a few tips that may help

* Don't quit your brick and mortar job before securing your home job. Make for sure you can at least match your income. I see a lot of this...folks thinking they can make a killing overnight and suddenly quit their "real" job, as some people describe an "outside of the home" job. Realistically, it doesn't happen that way. There is always the option of getting your home business off the ground and work outside the home at the same time.

* All too often high anxiety is a foreseen result from stress. Anxiety can double for home working moms. They not only have to get the required work done, but they also have to make for sure their family is properly taken care of as well. Not to mention household chores. Sipping on some chamomile tea along with some anti-anxiety, natural herbs can be a big help, apposed to the general prescription medications. There are a lot of natural herbs out there. Maybe consider giving them a try. Adding to that, running your day by the clock works great for eliminating anxiety as well. Make a priority list and stick to it!

* Take breaks often from your home job. This doesn't mean just in the evenings. Make a habit of taking regular breaks during your busy work day. Maybe start reading a good book (I usually will take a break to read my latest business book); watch your favorite television program; or simply take a short, brisk walk. Also meal breaks away from your desk is encouraged.

* If you have children at home, do something special with them. Go for ice cream or go to the park. Plan certain days for activities with your kids. Laugh and play with them. Big stress reliever.

* Get daily exercise. This is so important for Moms working at home and really worked well for me. If you sit at your desk all day, the need for activity doubles. Exercise makes you feel better both physically and mentally.

* Breathe. It's simple. It's a proven fact that deep breathing relaxes the mind and emotions. As you sit and do your work, breathe. It doesn't take much energy and you will find yourself feeling better.

If you find these stress management tips helpful, try to use them daily even if you don't feel stressed on a given day.

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