4 Effective Ways To Cope With Parenting Stress
How to relax when you can't.
20 July 2017
To say that parenting is hard is a gross understatement. Being responsible for another person's well-being is a daunting task, but it doesn't have to take over your life.
Here are four effective ways that you can cope with the stress that comes with parenting.
1. Take care of yourself.
It might seem counterintuitive, but you need to take care of yourself first. You know how on planes they insist you put your oxygen mask on first, before your child's? Yeah, that applies to life too.
Make time for yourself to workout, sleep well and eat right. It may seem impossible at first, but once you find your rhythm, you will feel more energetic than ever and ready to tackle the challenges parenting brings.
2. Say NO.
Give yourself the permission to say no without going on a guilt trip. Being at every bake sale, taking charge of every carpool and helping out with the production of every school play does not make you the best parent in the world.
Prioritise and keep it simple to retain your and your child's sanity.
3. Build a support system.
Sometimes, there is nothing better than ranting about the problems you face as a parent to other parents who are facing similar issues. Not only will you feel lighter post your rant, hearing about the problems other parents go through will make you feel like you are not alone.
Talking to other parents might also give you new ways to deal with your current problems. A good support system goes a long way!
4. Seek professional help.
If you are at your wit's end with overwhelming parenting stress, it might be a good idea to seek professional help for both you and your child. A psychologist will be able to provide strategies to help you cope with life’s challenges. He/she will also be able to improve your child’s functioning and decrease problem behaviors that may increase parenting stress.