How to deal with stress and anxiety (One Mama’s To-Do List)

by Mama Soul

Mom stress is an entirely new level of stress. We work to manage it on a daily basis, more than anyone sees on the surface. It certainly fluctuates, so if you feel your stress levels creeping up and the familiar wave of “overwhelm” begins to rise, we’ve put together this basic template to help focus, regroup, and organize your day. 

The to-do list template

  1. Make a list (mental or on paper) of what is actually important to you 
  2. Prioritize your day around that list. What are you able to let go of?  (Mopping the floors. This answer is always mopping the floors.)
  3. Ask yourself, what work must get done today? What can you do another day? 
  4. Decide what is the one thing you can do today that will make you happy. Remember, your happiness is more important than your to-do list.
  5. Decide what you will not do today. If you need a moment to wish you could do it, take it, and then let it all go.


Our “daily to-do list” example:

Remember what’s important to you
  1. My mental health
  2. That my kids feel loved and secure
  3. That my partner feels supported and respected
What must get done in the house/with the family
  1. Wrap birthday presents
  2. Laundry
  3. Cut-out work for Kindergarten classes
  4. Dinner – salmon, oven fries and broccoli
Work to-do list
  1. Email Charlotte and Lauren
  2. Finish reconciling accounts in Quickbooks
  3. Post in FaceBook Group
  4. Apply to Amber Grant
What will I do to make me happy
  1. Exercise in the AM
  2. Find a moment to slow down, take some deep breaths and watch the kids play. Look at their joy.
What I want done today, but I won’t I do
  1. Organize hand-me down clothes bucket
  2. Grocery shopping (tomorrow, or order dinner)
  3. Put Halloween/Fall decorations away in the crawl space
  4. Mop the floors
  5. 2020 Holiday Cards