Handle Parental Stress in the New Year

30 Dec

Being a parent is a stressful job, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It’s sometimes hard to understand your child and difficult to get upset when your child does something wrong. Other forces, such as budget and your job can affect your stress levels as well. Since we’re all setting resolutions right now, let’s go over some great ways to handle parental stress in the New Year.

Handle parental stress with help from Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad.

Often, this stress can accumulate and you can end up taking it out on your child. Never yell or attack your child, especially if they didn’t do anything wrong. Instead, handle stress through these methods.

Get Adequate Rest

It’s okay to sleep in! Sleep helps our brains handle stress much better. Meanwhile, poor sleep can disrupt our judgement. We realize that it is hard for some people to get a good’s night rest, or they feel like they have no time. Power napping throughout the day may be a good substitute; Just Plane Dad does this daily during his lunch hour. It’s no coincidence that he’s the more “laid back” parent. Or practice good sleep hygiene before bed.

Stay Healthy

Eating right and exercising well can help you manage and relieve stress. We do realize how hard it is to stay healthy on a busy schedule however it can be done. If needed, a quick workout at home or a short walk can count as exercise. Cook healthy meals for you and your family, and this can help you as well. In a sedentary world filled with bad eating habits, you’ve got to keep healthy. Having a healthy body and mind will help you handle parental stress much better. Don’t you feel at ease when you’ve finished excercising?

Find the Source of Your Stress

Eliminating your stress source is a good idea. For some, it’s easy. Some parents may be worried about a duty they have to perform, such as taking their child to the doctor. If that’s the case, schedule an appointment right away. The sooner you get it done, the better. For others, it’s worries that you can’t control, such as always being concerned about your child’s wellbeing (guilty as charged). If that’s the case, talk to someone about your worries, whether a friend, family member or professional. And really try to understand that nothing can change through worry alone.

Get Some Alone Time

Sometimes, a good stress reliever can be some time away. I know, easier said than done and this one may take some assistance from a family member. For some, this means a nice hot bath. For others, this may be a night out with the girls. Some ME is okay, even as a parent. It’s healthy and necessary. It helps you develop yourself as a person more and handle parental stress. Some parents act like they don’t deserve alone time. This is not the case at all. As a parent, you should strive for time to unwind and time to enjoy yourself.

Seek Help!

If you just can’t seem to handle your stress, you may want to turn to a counselor or a therapist. For the busy parent, there are some options. Online therapy works with your schedule and allows you to talk to a therapist wherever you may be. A counselor can teach you coping strategies and help you handle the root cause of your stress. Asking for help is not shameful; making no effort to improve your problems is. Talk to a therapist today if you feel you can benefit from their guidance.

Guest post: Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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