5 Simple Steps to Manage Your Parenting Stress

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Parenting often feels like juggling flaming bowling pins while running through quicksand, but you’re not alone! Almost every parent experiences stress related to parenting at some point, whether it’s the frustration of never having enough time, dealing with your kids’ crazy schedules, or keeping up with all their activities and hobbies. Luckily, there are things you can do to help manage your parenting stress and make it easier on yourself and the whole family. Check out these 5 simple steps to manage your parenting stress today!

Step 1: Face The Stress

The first step is knowing that you have a problem. The next is accepting it. Acceptance can be difficult, but it’s important because the more you try to fight your feeling of stress, the more powerful they become and the less control you have over them. It’s natural for parents to feel frustrated with their kids sometimes, or disappointed in themselves for not being able to do something right away. These feelings are normal and help you maintain perspective in your life – but if these feelings continue or get worse, it could lead to anxiety or depression. It’s important to acknowledge the problem. Not just for yourself, but also for your child!

Step 2: Get Help

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If the stress of parenting becomes too much, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask friends and family members if they are willing to watch your kids for a few hours. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, consider using a babysitter or nanny service that can provide an outside set of eyes on your child while also giving you some time away from the day-to-day responsibilities. For mothers with children who need medication, it is important to make sure someone else will administer their dosage when necessary. It’s also important to have one person in charge of remembering any missed doses so your child doesn’t get sick or worse because his medicine was missed.

In short, it is important to get help when needed. Your health and your children are at stake.

Step 3: Do not make your child suffer from your anxiety

Acknowledge what is happening. Acknowledge how you feel about it. It is important to not make your children suffer from your anxiety. To prevent that, take some time for yourself. It may sound selfish, but it is the fact of not doing it that is selfish. 

Step 4: Understand that feelings are not facts.

One of the biggest mistakes parents make is that they think their feelings are real. They’ll say things like I know my son hates me or My husband doesn’t love me anymore. But feelings don’t always line up with the facts. For instance, if a child is refusing to go to bed it may frustrate you. But you have to think and accept that it is surely not about you.

How do you fix your feelings? Identify exactly what you’re feeling and then figure out whether it’s actually true or if your feelings are off base. If you feel like your husband doesn’t love you anymore, try exercising. Write down all of his positive qualities on a piece of paper and then create a list of why he loves you (for example, because you’re a kind woman or an excellent mother). Then, compare lists. How many items did each contain? Is there a difference?

Step 5: Breath. Relax. Smile. Then Act!

This is a practical step to make your release your anxiety. Breathe. It’s natural and necessary, but we often forget to do it. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly. Repeat until you feel calm and relaxed again.

Relax. Sit up straight and put both feet on the floor if possible. Take a deep breath in as you sit up tall and then exhale as you lean back into the chair or sofa, releasing any tension that may be in your body. Notice how much more relaxed you feel now?

Remember that this is your time for yourself. Smile. Consider all the good things you are surrounded with. Now you can act with your clarity regained. 

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