Dealing with Parental Stress

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Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world – especially when you have a vast number of other responsibilities on your shoulders, such as employment and taking care of elderly relatives, so you’re bound to get stressed from time to time. It’s no wonder that one toddler tantrum can be the final straw at the end of a long day. Learning to manage your stress levels when times are tough will allow you to become more tolerant and resilient to the situations unfolding around you and ultimately, allow you to feel in more control. In this guide, we’re going to give you some helpful tips on how to deal with parental stress –

Remember to relax

Although you may feel as though you should keep going for the sake of your family, there is going to reach a point when you’ll burn out. Therefore, don’t underestimate the importance of taking some time out for yourself to unwind. You probably know what gets you into this calm mindset – it could be watching TV, pampering yourself or even taking a bath. In fact, there are health benefits to taking a bath that you may not be aware of. Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms of the home and will help you create your ideal bathroom, complete with heating and extraction where you can chill out at the end of a stressful day.

Ask for help when you need it 

Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, so don’t be afraid to reach out when you need some backup. Trying to be a one-man-band may make you look impressive to those around you, but is it that important when your health and wellbeing is suffering?  Having that pressure taken off your shoulders will in time, help you become a better parent. You’ll have much more patience to listen and do the fun things that may usually be overlooked with the vast array of responsibilities you need to carry out. 

Be less emotionally empathetic

When your child becomes ill or injured, it’s natural to go into panic mode when they’re in pain or not feeling their best. However, ‘affective’ empathy can leave you feeling more stressed and unable to make practical decisions when decisions need to be made. Instead, ‘cognitive’ empathy allows you to make more accurate judgement calls in that given moment and feel in more control of the situation, rather than helpless.   

Connect with other parents

Regardless of your child’s age, there are always other parents you can connect with and potentially form friendships with, which could ease parenting stress during the most challenging moments. You may be worried about your child’s development or habits which are causing you to question what is and isn’t normal. By speaking with other parents, you’ll begin to rationalise your fears and understand that bringing up a child and their development is not plain-sailing, and all of these worries are simply part and parcel of parenting. 


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