Today, we’re welcoming back the wonderful Sarah Rainer for Part 2 of the Overwhelmed Mom series. Most people cannot anticipate what the experience of having children is going to entail, and the massive change that occurs in our lives when we become a mom can be very difficult. The stress that we may experience as a result of this can cause our bodies to go into “fight or flight” mode; this reaction is helpful in short-term doses, but when it becomes chronic, it can have detrimental effects on our health. That’s why biblically-based self-care practices (and not just “stress Band-Aids” which don’t address the root cause of the problem) are so important, and Sarah has a wealth of knowledge in this realm which can help all of us to manage the stresses that come with balancing being a mom with everything else in our lives.
Key Points From This Episode:
A recap of the eight biblically-based self-care tips from Part 1.
Sarah shares some of the common factors which cause stress.
What the “fight or flight” response looks like inside our bodies.
The negative implications of chronic stress.
How a mismatch between our expectations and our reality can affect us.
A red flag which signals someone may need professional help.
Intimacy; a possible addition to Sarah’s list of self-care tips?
The importance of understanding and regulating our own emotions.
Practical advice from Sarah about how to be there for our families without becoming overwhelmed.
One of the biggest regrets that Sarah has as a mom.
Examples of “stress Band-Aids” which don’t get to the root of the problem.
The dangers of social media and news sources.
Helpful resources for anyone who is struggling with stress.