- Have faith. Look back at previous times when you have overcome challenges. Think, “This too shall pass.” Consider that people who attend church, pray regularly, or practice other forms of spirituality tend to have less stress.
- Relax! Try deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or listening to music. Take 30 minutes to play a board game and laugh with your kids.
- Take care of your health. Getting enough sleep can make a big difference in your stress level. So can eating healthy foods and getting some exercise.
- Take time for yourself. Take a bath, read a book, or pick up a hobby. When you can, hire a babysitter or trade time with a friend or neighbor, and get out of the house.
- Develop a support network. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Older children can set the table. Your spouse or partner could take over bedtime a few nights a week. Friends might pick up the kids from school to give you a break.
If you find yourself still struggling to manage stress, despite your best efforts, don’t hesitate to reach out for extra support. If you feel your high stress level is impacting your ability to parent effectively, request a family therapy appointment here.
Be Well & Stay Safe,