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How to Cope with Stress as a Parent

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No matter what they say, there is not a parent in the world who does not feel stress from time to time. In the modern world most parents are balancing their family life with work, as well as all the other complications that come with adulthood, such as looking after your health, managing your finances, and squeezing in some sort of social life. In all of that, it can be hard to find time to relax, rest, and practice self-care. This inevitably leads to mental and physical health issues and can lead to a loss of patience and energy, both of which are essential when trying to parent. 

If you are a parent and are struggling to cope with stress, this article will provide some advice to help.

Leave work at the door

If you want to reduce stress, you need to compartmentalize. It is sometimes easier said than done, but work worries should not affect your mood when you are with your children. If you feel that you are stressed when you leave work, try some breathing exercises on your way home to relieve tension. If talking helps you to destress, call a friend or family member to vent your worries. Alternatively, when you get home take a shower, listen to music, and change into comfy clothes before settling down with the family and getting a big hug from your kids. 

Plan to spend ‘fun’ time with your kids

If you are feeling stressed, but still want to spend quality time with your children, plan some activities that you will enjoy as much as they will. If you like to read, choose a new book, and settle down for story time. If you enjoy art, set up some paint at the kitchen table. If you enjoy being in nature, head out for a walk in the countryside on a scavenger hunt. When you are doing something that you enjoy, you will find it much easier to relax with your children and forget your stress. 

Look after your physical health

Stress can impact health, so be sure to look after yourself when you are feeling run down. This includes eating a nutritious and balanced diet (with a few treats thrown in for good measure), staying hydrated, and getting plenty of sleep. When you are feeling particularly anxious and struggling to unwind, you might consider taking CBD supplements from, which are natural stress-relievers.

Be social with other parents

Feeling lonely can impact your mental health, but it can be difficult to maintain social relationships as a busy parent. Consider making friends who have children of a similar age to yours as you may find you have a lot in common. You could even plan play dates so the children can play while you get some grown-up conversation and time to vent over a coffee. 

Ask for help

It is only natural to get overwhelmed sometimes, and there is no shame in reaching out for help or letting the kids stay with a family member. Trying to do it all will only lead to exhaustion and stress, which is not fair on you or your children. Ask a family member, friend, or your partner for help when you are feeling the strain. By taking a weight off your shoulders from time to time you will avoid becoming angry or sad in front of your children. Use the time to do what makes you feel good and get some rest, so you are refreshed and energized when the children come back.

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