Parents and stress…oh my this is such a topic.
Long hours…little recognition for all that parenting entails
No one can really tell you what it will be like…being responsible for a child
And when some one does try…their words may fall on our deaf ears
What it will be like if you decide to have more than one
I always say in my experience when it comes to children 2 was more than double 1
It is an exponential experience
Simply, stress is part of life and parenting
As parents, trying to manage stress is up to us
It is when we manage our stress that we teach our children how to manage theirs
So here are some of my personal suggestions.
- Breathe…try to concentrate on breathing when things are particularly stressful at a given moment. This practice always helps me gain some composure and control.
- Sleep…get enough of it…replenish yourself regularly…most of us do not allow ourselves to sleep enough…we consider it a luxury when it is a necessity…come on… we all know this…don’t we?
- Exercise…walk…park your car farther away from the store…run when you could walk…I’m always surprised at the opportunities I miss to exercise even a little during each day.
- Eat…when I watch what I eat I feel better…treat yourself once a day to something special…a piece of chocolate or a cup of tea. Take the time to savor whatever it is…eat it mindfully and really enjoy that moment.
Stress will follow us around unless we do battle with it.
I do battle with it every day.
It never gives up and I try not to either.