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Growing up as a first generation immigrant, my parents worked a lot. For years, I only saw my dad for an hour in between jobs or on the weekends. I decided back then that, if I was ever lucky enough to have kids, I’d stay home with them for the first few years. However, I have been earning a working wage since I was 15. Not having a designated schedule and place to be was a concept foreign to me.
I started my blog in the summer of 2015. At the time, it was an outlet for creative ideas, a place to document musings about motherhood, and a way to connect to others. As time progressed, my blog and social media channels grew; along with it came earning potentials. This opportunity was a blessing. We are so fortunate to be able to live in a time when we can stay at home and still be able to earn a little income to contribute to the family.
I quickly realized that blogging while pregnant is different from blogging while actual mothering. Gone are the days when I had ample time to dedicate to content creation. Nowadays, I have a toddler either pulling at my leg or wanting to takeover my laptop. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Being the over achiever that I am, I yearn to excel at blogging and being a mom. But where was the time? It also doesn’t help that social media is inundated with seemingly flawless moms. They make juggling three kids and a growing an internet presence look like it’s a walk in the park. Often times, I get caught up comparing myself to them. Why can I not get my shit together?
So I did what I tend to do when everything starts to feel like a little too much: retreat, ignore, avoid. Well you know what tends to happen next: everything builds up and ends up crashing down.
I scoured the internet for articles on how to manage stress and overwhelm while balancing motherhood and work as a digital creative. Turns out, the reason for my heightened stress could all be due to a deficiency: a mineral one.
When you’re stressed out or overwhelmed, your body secretes fight, freight, or flight hormones. It then causes magnesium depletion which in turn magnifies stress. With the typical Western diet, most people are deficient in magnesium. Prolonged periods of stress and overwhelm without proper magnesium supplementation will cause your body to go into a deficit. If this is not corrected, it can linger causing more stress and other health problems.
So stress and a magnesium deficiency tends to go hand in hand. Often dubbed “nature’s valium”, magnesium plays a key roll in stimulating GABA receptors in the brain.When GABA is low, it makes it virtually impossible to relax, heightening the feelings of overwhelm. One easy way to remedy this is to supplement with magnesium. We are big fans of Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm in this household. It’s a fruity, effervescent drink that promotes healthy magnesium levels and balances calcium intake. I mix it with warm water before bedtime to help unwind and encourage a goodnight sleep. I definitely notice the difference in restlessness during nights I forget to take it. They have a new watermelon flavor that I am just OBSESSED with right now. It’s delicious warm and cold. They only have it for a limited time so be sure to check online to see where you can find it.
For most of us, being overwhelmed and stressed out is a reality. However, I realized that with a little conscious monitoring, it can be something we can control. We have the ultimate choice in where we want to focus energies. What do you do to help manage stress overwhelm?