Being a parent is one of the most stressful jobs you’ll ever take on. It’s not that it’s not rewarding, too. The issue is there is so much going on in a parent’s daily life. They have to provide for the family, they have to keep the home clean and in good repair, they have to taxi the children to their extracurriculars, and by the end of the day, they have to unwind so they can get up tomorrow and do it all again. Understandably, sometimes it all gets overwhelming.
No parent should have to experience lasting stress or anxiety. To help keep that stress at bay, here are some tips to help get you through your day to day.
1. Try CBD Oil
CBD oil products are derived from pure hemp extracts. While many people associate CBD oil as being a new age gimmick, research shows there is some research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse that shows CBD does reduce stress.
Research is showing CBD may have many benefits to a person’s overall sense of well-being. If you’re prone to stress on a regular basis, CBD oil may be your answer.
2. Make Time to Laugh
It may sound ridiculous to make time to laugh, but you do have the ability to switch gears. If watching Everybody Loves Raymond is your answer, there’s nothing wrong with taking 30 minutes out of your day for a light chuckle.
Laughing isn’t just about making you happy. The act of laughing actually relieves your whole body of tension brought on by stress. However, the effects won’t last for long, which is why it’s important to do it often.
3. Know When You’re Becoming Irritable
If you feel like snapping at your children because they ask small questions, then that’s your cue that the stress is getting to you. It’s time to take a time-out. Meditation is a good escape that can help calm you and improve your mood.
If you need to shut your door for five minutes and lay on the bed and stare at the ceiling, don’t feel guilty for having that need. It’s better for you to take a break and come back in a better mood than to try to carry on while letting the tension continue to build.
You know exercise has a whole host of benefits. You can’t deny that exercising is good for your physical health, but it’s also good for your mental health. That’s because exercise releases endorphins and serotonin that boost your mood.
If you’re having a bad day, it may be time for a workout or a brisk walk. If you want to make it fun, invite the children to workout or walk with you. A walk can double as valuable family time as you explore your surroundings and learn about their day.
5. Take a Night Off
Whether you’re married to the love of your life or you’re going at it as a single parent, you deserve a night out. If you’re married, it can not only relieve the stress from the demands of parenting, but it can reignite the romance in your relationship. If you’re a single parent, getting out with friends and having fun is a way to make you feel human again.
Don’t feel guilty for getting out of the house. If you leave the children with grandma or a babysitter, it’s a break for them as well. Don’t think you’re the only one who benefits from a brief getaway now and then.
Parenting was never meant to be easy. It’s as much of a learning experience for the adults as it is for the children. However, it’s important that you take care of you as well as the kids. If you aren’t taking care of you, you’re setting yourself up for failure as a parent, and that’s definitely not what you want. Don’t let stress take hold. Find time for that laugh.