Being a parent does not have to be a stressful exercise. Here are a few tips for stress management as a parent, which will help you and your kids cope.
Being a parent is hard work. It doesn’t matter if you’re married, single, stay at home or working – we’ve all had our blood pressure rise and our nails clawed into the steering wheel, hoping we’ll make it through the day.
The thing is, when you’re stressed, your kids pick up on it and it stresses them out too. You may find that by being stressed, you start to drop the ball at work or in your relationships. In light of this, we have 10 stress management tips that can help you stay the cool, calm and collected super-parent that you need to be:
1. Limit The Coffee And The Wine
You’re probably shaking your head already because how do you get through the day without your caffeine kick right? Stick to a cup in the morning and a glass of red in the evening. More than that and you’re actually messing with your sleeping patterns and that is probably contributing towards the stress.
2. Plan Ahead
No one wants to pack school lunches on a Monday night, but if you do you’ll have a far less stressful Tuesday morning. Write down what you need to pack and be a bit more organised. Filling the car with petrol the night before means you get off the highway a bit earlier and miss the traffic jam from the later accident. A bit of forward thinking keeps the blood pressure down.
3. Don’t Hit The Snooze Button
Get out of bed when you plan to get out of bed. Rather be 15 minutes early than 15 minutes late. Once you’re up, you are awake and ready to challenge the day, so get going as soon as you can.
4. Schedule The Worst Tasks First
Whether it is your morning admin or a screeching bath time in the evenings – get the bad stuff out the way so you always end on a good note.
5. Go To Bed Early Enough
You need eight hours of sleep a night to be the best parent you can be the next day. If you plan to go to bed at 9pm – force yourself to do so, even if you lie there and read a book.
6. Have Sing A Longs In The Car
Singing is a great natural anti-depressant. Get the kids involved and everyone will be much happier when they reach their destination.
7. Exercise Regularly
There are more than enough scientific studies to back this one up. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins which actually elevate your mood. Stress will be a distant memory after a solid workout.
8. Switch Your Phone Off
For at least 30 minutes a day you can go without your phone. You’ll be surprised how much more relaxing that bath is when you aren’t worried about the beep on the sink counter.
9. Spend Time With Your Kids
Be present. For starters, committing 15 or 20 minutes to the ones you love is going to lower your stress levels but they’re also going to appreciate it and love their time with mom. Quality time is essential for everyone.
When all else fails – take deep breaths. No matter what you are going through, remember that this too shall pass.