Stress is an expected part of life as a parent. Parenting comes with a high level of stress and it’s not always possible to be calm and stress-free around your children. As parental stress builds up, it can start to affect how you interact with your child and how they feel. Learning to relieve parental stress can give you the patience, energy and perspective to be the parent you want to be.
Here are some expert tips on managing parental stress:
- Seek opportunities for fun.
Choose activates to do with your child that make you happy. Maybe visiting a park or reading a book.
- Remember to relax and recharge.
Take time for yourself everyday whether it’s yoga, meditation, reading a book, playing sports or watching TV. Do your best to incorporate this time into your day.
- Ask for backup when you need it.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your family or friends for help. Trying to be “super mom” or “super dad” is a recipe for stress. You will make better decisions, be a better listener and enjoy interacting more with your children if you allow others to help.
- Connect with other parents.
This helps normalize any feelings of stress. Talking with other families whose kids are similar in age to yours helps you to see that everyone has similar stressors and you’re not alone.
- Keep your life well balanced.
Avoid over-scheduling yourself every day and on the weekends. This includes extracurricular activities your kids might be in or even stretching yourself too thin by volunteering your time to other people or places. It is OK to say no!
The best reason of all to manage your stress is a simple one: it allows you to feel the joy of parenting. In addition, your children watch you and if you become good at managing parental stress, they are more likely to follow your lead!
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