*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Hyland’s. I will receive a couple items for my children, but I will not be monetarily compensated for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.
The thing about having kids is you’re bombarded with all sorts of parenting stress. It’s no joke. Every age and stage adds new challenges for parents. I keep telling myself it’s going to get better, maybe even easier. But, it doesn’t.
That’s not to say I don’t love my children. I do, really! I just had no idea how much stress a tiny human being could cause, even when you know you’re doing things right.
Before your baby is born, you worry about putting together her nursery. You might even spend a lot of time considering your birthing options. When your baby arrives, you have round the clock feedings, diaper changes, a zillion naps, and doctor appointments. If you’re lucky, you don’t have a baby with colic. I wasn’t lucky with either baby… in fact, just the opposite. I was blessed with two high-need/spirited/challenging/powerful (whatever adjective you like to add) babies.
If you have older kids in school, tack on the stress of organizing schedules, packing lunches, homework help, and more. Even being a stay at home mom, I don’t have enough time in the day. It’s overwhelming and I find myself forgetting A LOT. And, I definitely experience the parenting stresses of knowing I’m doing what’s right for one kid at the expense of the other. Plus, neglecting my husband and myself.
The stress is quadrupled when you have two kids. I know, that doesn’t seem like logical math, but that’s the truth. I’m constantly worried about the sacrifice I force on one kid when I’m taking care of the other’s needs.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed and overworked. And then, you find yourself stressed and on the verge of a meltdown. At least, that’s what I do. But, there are so many ways to reduce some of it.
6 ways to handle parenting stress
- Sleep. Have you ever realized how much worse your mood is when you’re tired? Not getting enough sleep opens you up to all sorts of problems, and stress is a big one. Get your 8 hours (or more) of sleep. Give yourself a bedtime if you need to.
- Plan ahead. Instead of rushing around in the morning to select clothes, make lunches, and try to find time to eat, make the time to get a head start the night before. Choose your clothes, make lunches, and set out breakfast items tonight before you go to bed.
- Listen to music. Listening to uplifting, spunky music can do wonders for you. Bonus points for singing and/or dancing. I mean, how can you not forget your worries and smile if you’re busy singing and dancing like no one is watching.
- Take a break. When life starts to feel like too much, I love to lay down somewhere comfortable and turn on calming meditation music. 15 minutes with the sole purpose of clearing my mind is always a huge help. Bonus points if you actually learn how to meditate.
- Eat and drink. Skipping meals isn’t good for anyone. Eating isn’t just nourishment for your tummy, it helps fuel your brain. Make sure you’re eating 3 meals a day and snack if you’re feeling sluggish. Your brain will thank you and work so much better if you’re not hungry.
- Do something for YOU. This is sort of like suggesting taking a break, except I’m telling you to find a hobby. Do something regularly that makes you happy.
Do yourself a favor and check out my tips for beating the school morning rush. Those tips will help you with #2 – planning ahead. Additionally, I have some extra tips to help mommy take some time for herself, which you may wish to check out here.
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