Every parent feels stressed from time to time. Here are some helpful tips to ease the stress in your life. Choose 1 or 2 to work on first. It takes some effort and time to establish a new habit. But remember... You are worth it!
- Maintain a healthy diet. Limit caffeine and sugar.
- Exercise. Twenty-thirty minutes of aerobic exercise can alleviate most stress. If it is difficult to find time alone, take the kids for a walk together.
- Get enough sleep and rest. You’ll have more energy in the long run!
- Consider waking up 15 minutes earlier in the morning to avoid rushing.
- Organize, organize, organize! Utilize a desk calendar, day planner, or to-do lists to manage your time.
- Don’t procrastinate.
- Be concerned only with things that you can control. “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”
- Learn to say “no” to those projects you don’t want to do or really don’t have time for.
- Try to make some time for yourself every day. Do something that you enjoy- even if it is just listening to a favorite song or reading a magazine article.
- Think and talk positively.
- Be nice to unfriendly people. A smile is a great pick-me-up.
- Keep a journal. Keeping a journal is a good way to get things off your chest and work through issues.
- Talk to someone that you trust. Just knowing that you are not alone helps.
- Play! Play is not only fun, but energizing and rejuvenating!
- Look for and appreciate the positive things in your life.
- Consider professional counseling. A therapist will listen, and help you find appropriate ways of handling stress and problems you may be experiencing.
Coping Tips for Frustrated Parents
- Put your hands in your pockets or behind your back. (This will prevent you from using them to threaten or hit the child.)
- Take a deep breath. (Count to ten. Imagine that with every deep breath, you are releasing anger.)
- Give everybody a time out, including yourself. (This will give everyone a few minutes to cool off.)
- Talk to someone that you trust.
- Write it out. (Write down everything that comes to mind, even ugly thoughts. Then, tear it up and throw it away with your frustrations!)
- Get safely physical. (Do some jumping jacks or turn on some music and dance. Have everyone join in!)
- Call the Parenting Assistance Line. (Someone will be there to listen and offer resources to help you through this difficult time.)