Life is so fast-paced nowadays it’s hard not to feel stressed. Too often, parents put themselves at the bottom of their list of priorities. Here are just a few things you can do to help look after yourself.
Get a good night’s sleep
This is easier said than done when you’ve got kids who’re teething or getting up to the usual toddler antics. As parents we often feel the evenings are our time and we want to stay up late. However, it’s important to remember getting enough sleep is incredibly important for your health, and quite often going to bed earlier at least some nights of the week can be more beneficial as you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed and ready to take on the challenges of the day.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Accepting help isn’t a sign that you can’t cope. It’s the perfect opportunity to get some ‘you time’, as well as ‘couple time’ with your partner, which is something equally important. There’s no doubt your children are your priority, but looking after yourself is key to maintaining emotional balance.
Nurture a good network of friends and family around you for support. When you do feel overwhelmed and drained, it’s good to talk to someone you trust, especially if it’s a working parent experiencing the same struggles.
Learn to laugh about it
Few would argue that it’s a serious responsibility being a parent, but everyone has a funny or embarrassing moment they’d rather forget. Whether it’s breastfeeding for the first time in public, dealing with a toddler meltdown or realising you’ve been walking through town with sick down your shoulders, parenthood can be stressful. If you don’t laugh about it, what’s the alternative?
It’s also worth remembering that laughter releases endorphins, which helps you feel less stressed and more able to cope with the day ahead. So don’t worry how embarrassing the situation is – we’ve all been there.
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