Being a parent is equal parts stressful and rewarding. The daily grind at home can pressure even the most resilient of us – what’s with the constant call for “mum, this and that.” It’s hard yes, but we won’t have it any other way.
With that said, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to ease up for a little bit. It’ll be worse if we experience burnout anyway. Who’ll make the breakfast and tuck the children to sleep, right? We can’t just feed them raisins and watch Star Wars throughout the night anyway.
Anyway, here are some proven tricks you can do every day to maintain physical and mental health while dealing with parental duties. Tried and tested by yours truly.
Tips to ease parenting stress
Drink plenty of water throughout the day
Trust me on this, drink a lot of water while working around the house, playing with the kids, and doing other household chores. I got so busy taking care of my toddler once that I even forgot to drink water. The result? I fainted. I also notice that I get cranky and tired easily when I forget to rehydrate myself during the day.
Avoid sugary foods
When you’re hungry and tired, it’s much more convenient to eat unhealthy snacks, but it’s still important to maintain a healthy diet regardless of your hectic schedule because nutritious foods will give you more energy to work more and feel better throughout the day.
Do quick exercise daily
It doesn’t have to be a hardcore circuit at the gym. Even if you are exhausted, get at least 30 minutes of ‘real’ exercise. Go outside for a walk and a breather. Exercise can help reduce fatigue, calm your mind and reset your mood.
Reach out for support
Don’t hesitate to reach out to others for support. Arrange for a babysitting, ask a trusted friend or a family member to cover for you and look after the little ones.
Play with your little ones
When life gets busy and stressful, you tend to forget to spend time and play with your kids – and that’s the irony of it. Spend some quality time with your little ones. Even simple activities like dancing, singing, blowing bubbles and drawing can help alleviate stress. It can also help you feel more relaxed while creating new memories together.
Give time for yourself
Try spending some time to rejuvenate and meditate or simply listen to music to stay connected to yourself. Most parents wake up before the family to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. You may choose to hang out with friends, do something creative, or better yet, visit event cinema in Campbelltown to watch a movie you like.
Minimise time doing chores
Chores can get in the way of your free time and prevent you from spending enough time with your kids. Find ways of minimising time spent doing chores by embracing hacks and shortcuts. Invest in tech and equipment to make housework easier such as a dishwasher or robot hoover. Shop online when you’re too busy to venture into town – this could include shopping for food or even ordering prescription medicine to your door through sites like Simple Online Pharmacy. If your kids are a little older, don’t be afraid to also ask for their help with chores (many hands make light work!).
Laughter reduces stress by relaxing your muscles and increasing endorphins to your brain. When you’re overly stressed, take a minute to play with your little ones or spend time with your partner. They’re sure to make you laugh and it’s good for you and your family.
Try writing down the things for which you are thankful for. It can help provide a positive perspective and bring you a positive outlook in life.
*Disclaimer this is a collaborative post*