Did you know that 96% of moms say they are far more stressed than moms twenty years ago??? Okay, if that didn’t surprise the heck out of you, how about this next one: Almost two thirds of moms say moms twenty years ago were happy than we are today.
Where do you weigh in on that one? Do you think moms really are so much more unhappy than June Clever and our moms? Why?
Those are just some of the fascinating findings I’ll be discussing coming up on Tuesday, April 24 on the Today show. Parenting magazine just released a survey of close to 2000 moms. We’ll be talking about that survey, but meanwhile, here are a few questions I came up with to see just how well you’re taking care of yourself. (Here’s a hint: if 96 % of moms think they’re more stressed than moms two decades ago, then maybe—just maybe–it’s because we’re not taking care of us. Ya think?)
Here’s your own personal Reality Check … how well are you taking care of you??)
So just how balanced is your life these days? How often are you taking time out for yourself? Here’s your personal REALITY CHECK to check just how well you’re really (I mean REALLY) taking time for yourself. If the questions look familiar, they’re from my book, 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know
* Are you noticing any of these stress symptoms regularly: rapid breathing. A pounding heart. Sleeplessness. Irritability?
* Do you just can’t seem to find enough hours in the day? Do you find yourself always behind or always running to keep up?
* Are you complaining that you never have enough time for yourself—or any time for yourself – and then feeling guilty if you do take the time?
* Do you feel the need to apologize to your child –take at a want ad – guilt so profound if you miss a soccer game or two, the PTA meeting, or the mother-daughter tea?
* Have you lost who you are? Is your identity so wrapped up in the role of “mother” that you forgot other aspects of self: you know, wife, lover, friend, daughter, niece,
* How’s your love life going? Is it hard to recall the last time (and the time before that) you and your significant other had a quiet, intimate time together – and that would mean without the kids?)
* Do you spend enough time with your girlfriends?
* Exercise, health, medical check-up exams: Are you taking care of you?
Join me Tuesday for more discussion about mothering and just how we think we’re doing