Busy parents must know how to manage parental stress.
While raising children there are going to be many times where the pressures of being a parent feel overwhelming. The demands are many – and no matter which season (back-to-school, holidays, summer fun) there’s always going to be one thing or another that threatens your peace of mind and ability to remain in the ‘happy zone’.
It’s important to not only recognize the signs of stress, but know how to manage stress to prevent burnout and other potential health issues. Keep parental stress from taking you down by keeping your focus on what’s most important and taking regular time outs.
The following are 4 quick tips for managing parental stress.
1) Manage parental stress by seeking help. Sometimes all you need is to talk to someone. Seeking out a professional can make a difference and help you to reduce stress before you get to the breaking point.
2) Manage parental stress by focusing on the positive. As parents we tend to focus on the things that we perceive as being wrong, while ignoring the things that are good. Relieve stress by staying focused on the positive.
3) Manage parental stress by making time for yourself. Putting yourself at the top of your to-do list should remain a priority. You cannot possibly give your best to anyone or anything if you are rundown and stressed-out.
4) Manage parental stress by laughing. Instead of allowing life’s many annoyances to irritate you, laugh it off. One of the best ways to beat stress is to have a sense of humor and learning to go with the flow.
Carin Kilby Clark, Founder of The Mommyhood Mentor®, is dedicated to helping mamas stress-less and enjoy motherhood. Get started with your free video training – 7 Burnout Busters for Busy Moms. Clark is an expert on managing parental stress.