5 Easy Ways to Cut Stress as a Parent

Thursday - May 22, 2014

Parenting is an enriching, rewarding experience, but at times it can be stressful for even the most patient parents.

 

Parenting is tough, especially when you’re trying to manage a full time job and/or a hectic schedule. Responsibilities compound easily, and all the demands of parenting can sometimes manifest as a significant load of stress.

For most parents, the rewards of being a parent far outweigh the negativity of this stress. But even if you try to bury it, stress can have a profoundly negative effect on your health. Ease the stress of parenting, and you’ll feel healthier, more upbeat, and more positive—even under stressful conditions.

Try using these 5 strategies to keep your parenting stress in check:

1.       Understand that negative emotions are normal. If you ever feel irritated or frustrated with your child, accept it as a normal feeling. Getting down on yourself or being mad that you’re upset will only complicate the situation. Acknowledge your frustration, find a way to cope with it, and move on.

2.       Make time for yourself. Your life revolves around your child, understandably, but you have to make sure to make some time for yourself. Treat yourself to a night out alone, doing what you love.

3.       Talk. Sometimes the easiest way to deal with your stress is to share your experience with your peers. Who better to understand the stresses of parenting than other parents in a similar situation?

4.       Evaluate where your stress is coming from. Is your child the one stressing you out? Or is it an environmental factor? See what you can do to manage the other stressors in your life.

5.       Seek help. If you become overwhelmed by the stress of parenting, seek a support group or a therapist. A little bit of help can go a long way.

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