Being a parent can be a highly stressful job. So much goes into being a parent that it can be easy to lose sight of one’s own health. If you’re a brand new parent then you’re most likely focused on timely feedings and diaper changes. If you’re a veteran parent then you’re probably worried about your child’s safety among a hundred different other things. Don’t stress, there are 7 proven tactics that can help you reduce parenting stress.
1. Meditating to Reduce Parenting Stress
I know it may seem like an impossible task as a parent but taking a moment to meditate can do wonders for helping you to calm the body down. By taking 1-10 minutes out of the day to just sit and breath, you can greatly reduce your parenting stress and only does taking a moment to breath help reduce the stress, you can also use this time to put things in perspective. That 1-10 minutes of time to just ‘be’ can calm the nerves and make the stresses of being a parent easier to handle.
2. Support System
Having a strong support system or a network of people that you can lean on is very important. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or a support group just having someone to help you with the many challenges as well as be there for you can make all the difference. Studies show that by simply having a support system, you can reduce parenting stress and actually cope with life stressors better.
3. Laugh About It
Laughter is the best medicine. It has so many health benefits and among those benefits is the power to reduce stress. Not only will it brighten your day but it will brighten your child’s day as well. Laughter has been proven in many studies to be a great way to release stress and help a person’s healing process. Find a funny movie, read a funny book, or if your child is old enough, play a fun game. This will help you to reduce stress with the added bonus of making memories. If your child is too young to play a game then find something that typically makes you laugh and spend roughly five minutes doing that. This will help to relieve any tension you may be feeling and put you in the right mood to deal with the rest of your day.
4. You’re Not Alone
You don’t have to be perfect to be a good parent. Thinking that way will only add to your stress and not help you reduce parenting stress. Applaud yourself for what you have accomplished and know that you are not alone. Parenting is a learning process that takes time. What’s important to remember is that every parent gets stressed about one thing or another. What matters is that you are doing the best that you can.
5. Know Your Priorities
Know what is really important. Your child’s health and happiness should always be what is important in your life (along with your own health and happiness). Being present in their life should be one of your top priorities. It’s easy to get caught up in your career while trying to provide a wonderful life for your child or children but don’t forget to prioritize. Your child first and work second. Make it a point to spend 30 minutes with your child playing with them or talking to them.
6. Talk About It
The simple act of talking to someone can go a long way in reducing parenting stress. Getting the stress off of your chest by simply sharing your stressors is a great way to reduce parenting stress. If you don’t want to talk about it, you can write it all out on a piece of paper. Simply getting it out is a huge relief.
7. Make Lists
The power of list making is amazing. Lists can help you organize your thoughts which can help you de-stress. By writing everything down you can get the bigger picture and work towards a solution for what is causing your stress. Is it bills? If so, make a list of bills that are due. Finances can be a stress especially once you introduce your bundle of joy into this world or if your needing to purchase new sporting equipment for your child. Have you lost sight of your goals? Then make a list of your goals. This will help to keep you motivated. Feeling really stressed out? Make a list of what you are grateful for and this will help keep things in perspective, your love for your children. Regardless of what list you’re making, when you are done you will feel more in control and less stressed.
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs out there and it can be easy to get overwhelmed and stressed. It’s okay to feel this way. Every parent feels run down and stressed out at some point but by using these 7 tips you can greatly reduce parenting stress and even learn to cope with the stresses better.