Becoming a parent is one of the greatest feeling in the world. The feeling shortly after seeing your child arrive is something that sticks with you forever but if you have been here a while you will know it’s not always perfect and you don’t always get those moments after the birth and that is okay too because whether you get to be with your baby straight away, hours later or even days then that time you spend together is incredible.
So, we’ve established that having a baby is pretty darn special and that it will change your life for the better. It does come with a catch, however! The following weeks, months, and years are pretty hard work! Any parent will tell you that it’s a pretty stressful tenure from here on in. It’s a rewarding job, but one that requires you to knuckle down and focus your energy on nothing but them for the indefinite future.
As humans, we cope with stress differently. Many are able to take difficult and tough situations and roll with the punches. Many others can’t quite handle the pressure as well. If you struggle with the parenting job, then it’s not something you should worry about immediately because pretty much every new parent has somewhat of a baptism of fire. If the worries and the strains continue, however, that’s when you need to stand up and be proactive. Fortunately, there are a bunch of ways you can combat the stress of parenting – it’s just a case of picking a few things that suit you and sticking with them. There will be hundreds of options out there, but, for now, here are a few ideas for you to choose from:
Talk To Someone About It
Just speaking to somebody you know about your situation could make a big difference. When you’re suffering through something in your head, it can make the situation ten times worse. Simply letting your problems out for someone else to hear can make you feel so much better. It’s a strange thing, but it’s one that works. If you talk with your friends, you’ll have their unconditional support. If you speak with a mental health professional; you’ll have their wisdom and advice to learn from.
Make Your Life A Little Simpler
You may have a lot going on in your life that you don’t need to do. When you get into a routine of doing things, it’s pretty hard to break from it, so it’s understandable if you’re struggling to change things around a little – a slight tweak could make all the difference, however. Remove a few unnecessary things from your life so that your situation is a lot smoother – even if it makes things a little more boring! Your head is more important.
See Your Doctor
There will always be a trained professional available for you to talk to. If you have any issues that need addressing, then you can always book an appointment and get to the bottom of whatever’s causing you grief. Even if you feel as though it’s something pretty small, a doctor will be able to give you more info. They might be able to prescribe you with certain medications if they feel you’re in need of extra help. Fortunately, these days, we’re able to head onto an online pharmacy or an online database and get that kind of thing handled pretty easily. Even if there’s nothing extremely significant going on, the feeling of heading to a doctor will give you that peace of mind you’ve been craving at least.
Teach Them Chores
If you have a child (or children) that are at a competent enough age to be useful, then you might want to start getting them productive. Parents that do absolutely everything around the house tend to be the ones with the most stress on their shoulders – go figure. If you teach them to work around the house, not only are you taking a load off your own shoulders, but you’re educating them on how to behave in the future. They’ll be more and more competent as the years go by.
More ways to help combat the stress of parenting ;
There are few things better than exercising when you need to relieve stress. Exercise is recommended in every instance, but when you’re a parent, you have an awful lot on your plate; working out would do an awful lot of good for you mentally and physically. Your domestic issues will not vanish right then and there, but your mind will be a lot clearer, and you’ll be able to approach problems with a better frame of mind.
Get Enough Rest
This part isn’t easy – especially when you have very young kids – but you’ll want to get as much rest as possible! When you have little-to-no relaxation and rehabilitation time, you’re cranking throughout most of the day. Crankiness will do you no good when you have lots to get through and a child to take care of. Sleeping at night may be pretty difficult when you have lots running through your mind. Perhaps a night-time routine would allow you to get more in.
Meet With Other Parents
There will be others out there that are going through what you are. Heck, most of the parents you bump into in the supermarket are in your shoes. Getting in touch with others could do you a world of good. You could discuss things and vent when you need to share things. You could attend certain childcare clubs or simply chat over social media.
Work With A Babysitter
Finally, you could hire a babysitter – if you have the money to pay for one, of course. Sometimes you just need a rest and some time away from the stress. Professional childminders will take them off your hands for a little while – you’ll be able to recuperate accordingly.
Until the next post.
‘Ways You Can Combat The Stress Of Parenting’ is a collaborative post.