It requires tremendous amount of patience, effort, as well as time. But most of the times in this juggling of tasks at workplace, home and child care, we parents tend to fall prey to Stress. Stress of handling child’s behavior tantrums, stress of completing office targets or stress of household chores and too many social commitments etc. There are many stress in lives of parents.
Health professionals have shared that anxiety and stress have inherently negative effects on the body and mind.
Even though many parents are living with this stress but we don’t have much idea how to handle this stress.
Stress management tips to help you in coping with streess.
- Relax and enjoy
When we get stressed, we tend to create negative associations with everything. Even activities that used to relax us can sometimes make us even more stressful, which is an inevitable by-product of negative thinking. So make that extra effort to allow yourself to calm down and enjoy the day. Keep yourself away from stressors in this me time.
- Take a deep breath and wait
When we are feeling stressed, our bodies tense up, we start focusing on the negative feelings and we frequently forget to breathe properly. Whenever such situation occurs, stop whatever you are doing and take a few deep breathes for five to ten minutes. Post this you will be able to think more clearly and things may not seem so stressful in the end.
- Do what pleases your
Each of us is different, which means that we react differently to the same stimulants. For instance, coffee is usually detrimental to stress but it may actually be helpful for some people. Try to identify simple things that make you feel a bit better or more relaxed, and simply do them.
- Eat well
When we are not taking the nutrients necessary for the well-being of our bodies, it lowers down our energy levels. And with these low levels of energy our strength to combat stress and anxiety is reduced further. So maintain a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables and you will notice a difference immediately.
- Identify the positives and focus on them
No matter how bad things get, remember that there is also a positive side to everything. Even though you may be going through some stressful times, you are blessed with a wonderful family too. So just remember that bad times will pass, and focus on your strengths and positive things and everything will be fine.
- Do something for yourself
When you become a parent, most of your time goes in tending to your child’s needs. While that is quite valid, but you should also find some time that is only yours and no one else’s. Use this exclusive time for your entertainment and rejuvenation.
- Participate in activities with your child
This is one of the best techniques to reduce stress. Becoming a parent provides you ample opportunities to feel young again as you can always enjoy childhood fun with your child. Personally in my view that each parent should identify at least one activity that you and your child both can enjoy, so that everyone can have fun in the process. And you will see how your stress is reduced.
- Never avoid stressful feelings
This last tip is perhaps the most important one of all. While it is fine to calm down, think about the positives in the stressful situation, but never completely avoid those negative feelings by burying them inside. Stress is like an enemy and the best way to get rid of enemies is to understand them and then tackle them.