Here Are 5 Healthy Habits to Help Ease and Manage Stress for Parents!

It’s no secret that being parents can be stressful, Moms and Dads, and that’s okay! You’re juggling a lot of responsibilities at work and at home, so it’s natural to feel tense at anxious at times. Stress even takes a toll on your mental and physical health especially when you’re trying your hardest to look after your kids and prioritize other aspects of your life as best as you can and still end up exhausted. The good news is that parental stress can be managed and there are simple but effective ways to help you do so. Check out these five tips for easing stress!

Here Are 5 Healthy Habits to Help Ease and Manage Stress for Parents!

Incorporate Your Hobbies in Your Daily Routine

Whether that’s yoga, pilates, watching TV, or just lounging while indulging in a pint of ice cream, make time for yourself and the the things that you enjoy doing. The kids will always be your number one priority, but don’t forget to reward yourself as well because you need and deserve it, too. If you are able to do so, even if it’s just for ten minutes, take hold of that time to do things that make you happy. This is an effective way to relax, decompress, and reset your mind and body. Read our article on self-love for moms for more ideas on how you can focus on yourself while taking care of a little one.

Go on a Social Media Detox

Without realizing it, we are already spending four hours or more on social media. Sometimes the posts we read can even trigger feelings of anxiety and insecurity, so staying away from social media applications for a period of time is actually a healthy choice. You get to decide for how long you want the detox to last. It could be as short as one hour or as long as one whole day, depending on what works best for you. You can also choose to go on hiatus from just one app. If it helps, you can delete that app and just download it again after your social media break.

Clear Your Space

Did you know that cluttered spaces can also cause you stress? Set some time in your day to tidy up your work space, organize your bedroom and living room, and clear out items piling in your car. You can also store the kids’ toys away while you’re at it. A clean space will do wonders for your mood! To deal with stress, it helps to focus on things you can control just like cleaning up.

Talk to Your Partner and Fellow Parents

It helps to know that you’re not alone in your parenting journey, and that there are others who deal with similar feelings of stress. Talking to other parents, among your group of friends or from a community, helps you understand that stressors are normal. You can also share and ask for tips on dealing with stress. You and your partner are also a team. It would be great to talk openly about your feelings, so you can figure out how to support one another in the most effective ways. For example, if one of you has an important meeting coming up, maybe the other can take the night shift for the baby.

Try and Separate Work Life from Home Life

If you’re working from home, try to set clear boundaries between your work hours and your personal time. Try not to extend work beyond your regular working hours. Turn off your computer and step away from your work area, so you can devote the rest of your day to spending time with your family. If you can afford a more flexible work schedule, you can set family time or parenting duties in between. If you’re coming from the office, try not to bring work stress home. Find ways to calm yourself first, like listening to music or talking to a colleague.

Parenting can be demanding, but it is also ten times more rewarding especially when you see the smiles on your kids’ faces. We hope these tips will help ease some of your stress, Moms and Dads. If you need more tips, check out our article on how to stay calm when you get frustrated with your kids and other parenting features.

 

Sources:

Cleveland Clinic. Ready to Snap? Tips for Stressed Out Parents. 10 February 2021.

Jannelli, Vincent. How to Cope with Parenting Stress and Anxiety. 23 November 2020.

American Psychological Association. Managing Stress for a Healthy Family. 18 October 2019.

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