Stress Tips for Parents

When you're a parent, taking care of yourself can be difficult. But it is by taking care of yourself that you can take care of others. If you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, check out these tips from the experts that will help you get over it.

Focus on the essentials
If you're feeling overwhelmed, start with your basic needs and those of your child: regular sleep, healthy food, and some exercise. Then you can add additional goals. Start with the imperatives, then add secondary goals.
 
 
Take short breaks
To help your child, it is important to take care of yourself as well. Take short breaks throughout the day, even if it's just to stretch, breathe, or drink water, to manage your stress and regain control.
Ask for help
It is okay to ask your community or support network for help, whether it is your child's teacher, a religious community, another parent, or of a family member. Remember, when you ask for help, you are also setting an example for your child.
 
 
Treat yourself
When you are having a rough day, imagine that you have a friend, partner, or relative by your side who is supporting and helping you. Talk to yourself as if this person is talking to you. Remember that self-compassion is something that has to be worked on.
Maintain your relationships
When trying to balance private and professional life, it can sometimes be difficult to stay in touch with friends and family. Try to schedule regular dates with people who support you. These conversations can help structure your days and put you in a good mood while waiting for them. Even a little 5 minute chat can help you stay in touch.
 
 
Celebrate the small victories
Tell yourself that you are a good parent who does what you can. Celebrate every little success. Make a list of what you did well each day and come back to it as soon as you feel frustration rising.
Accept the uncertainty
When uncertainty takes over, you can quickly feel uncomfortable or exhausted. Try to come to terms with your situation and make decisions based on the information you now have. When planning ahead, avoid focusing on the worst-case scenarios. Take a rational approach to help you overcome this uncertainty.
 
 
Show empathy
The current situation is difficult for everyone, including children. For a child, it's normal to be anxious, which can lead to hyperactivity. If your child's emotions or behavior are getting out of hand, take a deep breath. Calmly discuss the problem with your child. You can recognize how he feels and accept your own emotions as well. When things are going well, praise him and reinforce the positive behavior.

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