As parents, we often have the daily stresses of raising kids, managing a household, working to support a family while also dealing with whatever life throws at us. We should be able to deal with stress to be able to be present for our kids, to be able to support and guide them as well as being able to make the best decisions for our families. These six simple tips will help you manage your stress better and to be able to handle stress in your life.
- 1. Set realistic goals – when dealing with a challenging situation or being able to make goals for yourself, it is important to set realistic goals for yourself. Part of setting realistic goals is breaking down the steps in order to reach your goals. It is helpful when making progress to your main goal, to set mini easily reachable goals first. Then you will be able measure your progress toward your goal until you finally reach it. This process makes it easier to work on the next goal you will set since you had finally accomplished your first goal.
- Exercise regularly – exercise is important to maintaining good physical health and stimulating blood flow to the brain and body. If you exercise regularly, you can release the stress this way. With exercise, your mind becomes clearer/more focused – and due to your heart circulating more bloodflow, and your mood improves significantly with the endrophins released into your system.
- Eat well – balanced meals – sometimes when you are feeling stressed, you may want to eat less or eat more. It important to eat regular well-balanced meals because you need enough energy to think and move throughout your day without adding more stress to your body because you didn’t eat enough. If you overindulge in unhealthy, this will cause your brain to become more sluggish and you will not be able to think clearly. Constant unhealthy eating will also lead to more health problems i.e. stress. Feeding your body with a well-balanced meal will usually improve your mood and focus.
- Get enough sleep – a good night’s sleep is usually about 8 hours a night for adults. Sleep is sometimes underrated, but when you are feeling stress throughout your day, you need proper rest. Sleep repairs your body’s cells, regenerate, and to give you energy for the next day. A good night’s sleep will basically feel like a brand new day where you feel you can tackle any problems heading your way.
- Do NOT worry about things you can’t control – Some things you can’t control are: what other people say or think about you, natural disasters, traffic, etc. It would be helpful if you can list the things that you can’t control, and then list the things you can control. At this point, it is important to not become resigned or cynical about life, but be more positive and think of the things you are in control of in your life that you can change, prevent, or do something about. The first thing you’d want to change is usually yourself (since this is your sphere of control). Sometimes, when you change, your environment will change too.
- If you are having difficulty coping with stress – another resource for being able to deal with stress is seeking professional advice. You can explore other ways of coping with stress and find ways to deal with your problems with a professional such as a counselor or psychiatrist. If anything suddenly seems overwhelming, you owe it to yourself and your family to seek out a professional who can help you.