While raising children is one of life’s most rewarding experiences, it can also be stressful and it will be important to reduce stress while parenting. Since parents are on call 24 hours a day, which can cause stress levels to build. This anxiety can lead to difficulty sleeping, headaches or a lowered immune system because let’s be honest as parents we tend to put the kids before our own needs. But there are a few things you can do to help you reduce stress in parenting!
Watch What You Eat
Not only is a balanced diet good for you physically, it also helps you to manage stress. Eating right keeps your energy levels up throughout the day, and helps you to fall asleep at night. I’ve been meal planning for the last 13 years and it’s made a huge difference not only from a budgetary perspective but also ensuring that the meals are well-rounded.
When planning out your meals is complex carbohydrates, such as those found in whole grain pasta and bread. These carbs may increase your brain’s level of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that helps to keep you calm and in a good mood. Omega-3 fatty acid is another dietary addition that can help you to stay on top of any situation. Commonly found in fish, seeds, and nuts, omega-3s help to regulate the stress hormones in your body.
Get Plenty of Exercise
During a workout, your body releases endorphins, which brighten your mood and make you feel accomplished. In addition, the positive stress of an intense workout helps to prepare the brain for negative stress down the road. Consider starting an exercise routine, whether it’s walks around the block or even a gym membership. Not only will it help you to feel positive, it may also give you the energy you need to keep up with the kids.
I started running 2-4 times a week and not only am I maintaining my physical health and fitness, it also gives me some time to think without distraction. I also played soccer for a time to see other adults and get out of the house. Find the thing that you don’t hate to get your body moving!
Set Aside Some Time
One of the things I always find odd is the feeling of guilt for taking some time to yourself. As parents we manage the life’s of little humans. You deserve to watch a movie uninterrupted or get some time for a spa day. Devoting a little time and energy to taking care of yourself will help you to maintain a positive attitude but also handle some of the stressful situations with a little bit more calm. And when the children are old enough, having them explore other activities such as clubs or a sport, can give you more time to tend to your own needs, as well as heighten your children’s interest in hobbies and activities.
Look for Help
At times when stress levels start to get high, it’s important to remember that you can ask for help. If you hire a babysitter or even give the kids a little time at their grandparents, this frees up some time so that you can take care of whatever you may need to get done. If you need to vent about the things that have you stressed, try calling a friend or even inviting them over to help you unwind.
When parenting gets stressful, it’s important to relax and stay in control of the situation. Your kids learn by watching you. So, responding to stressful situations with a positive attitude is more than a little important. By ensuring that your stress levels are under control, you can focus less on feeling anxious and more on the time you and your family spend together.
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