If you’re feeling overwhelmed, worn out, or frustrated from the daily stress of being a busy parent, check in with these easy stress relief tips.
Stress is a part of our lives. It’s unavoidable, no matter whether you are a working parent or not. That just adds another source of stress to what may sometimes seem an unbearable load.
Here are a few quick tips on how to deal with situations that commonly stress us all.
1. Organize yourself – Sit down with a notepad and pen, and list all your commitments. Write them into a spreadsheet if necessary. The sheet isn’t big enough? Maybe your load of commitments is. Prioritize the important and essential things in your life, and decide how much of you there is to spread around. And don’t forget to save some for yourself!
2. Avoid putting pressure on yourself — Don’t have unreasonable expectations for your life or career. When setting goals, take into account that the best plans can often go awry. Don’t count yourself out as a failure if you’re behind schedule. Remain dedicated to your plans, while remembering that all things take time, and may require adjusting of the outcome or approach.
3. Remove yourself from confrontations – Kids or co-workers, the principle is the same. When your stress is at the point where you cannot be coherent, or deal with the other person, no matter how big or small in a reasonable manner, then you need a break to cool off. Explain that to your child, regardless of how young they are. Toddlers will be reassured that you still love them, and older children will gain an appreciation of the stresses of parenting, if you simply say that Mom is tired, and needs to think about this and come back to it when she’s calmer. Deal with co-workers the same way. Just say that while there are a lot of valid points to the discussion, you need time to organize your thoughts and ask for the opportunity to re-visit the subject at a later time.
4. Breathe. Life can get pretty crazy sometimes. Take a minute when you can to rest your mind. Whether it’s meditating, enjoying a moment in the shower, or hiding in the closet, just take a moment to breath and find stillness.
5. Look at the big picture. It’s easy to get caught up in the little details of your days and miss out on the overall picture. What’s going to matter tomorrow, or next week?
6. Be content. Keeping a gratitude journal has really helped my stress levels. Just knowing you’ll have to write things down each day can help you step back, look for the good, and find peace.