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5 Tips For Stressed-Out Parents

You’ve just dropped Timothy off at rehearsal, packed Kayla’s soccer bag for her weekend tournament, and are just about done with the last load of bright whites. 

Finally, time to relax with a—oh wait, dinner is in thirty minutes. Back to the grind.

5 Tips for Stressed-Out Parents

Whether you’re a brand-new parent or a long-time mom, parenting can feel like a never-ending night shift. But with a few small changes, you can finally find time to breathe throughout the day—sometimes literally.  

#1 Set Aside “Me Time”

When you’re a parent, the last thing you want is to feel selfish. But you’re only human—and even moms can get lost in their daydreams of luxury island getaways and robot maids.  

Structured alone time can actually make you a better caregiver. Call up a babysitter and go on a much-needed date night with your significant other. Or spend thirty minutes on that DIY project you were oh-so-excited-about last month. These breaks will help you refuel so that you can put your best foot forward as a parent.

#2 Use Natural Relaxation Aids

That nightly glass of pinot noir is mighty tempting, but daily drinking might not be the healthiest de-stressor. Consider trying a different relaxation method:

  • Teas – Is there anything cozier than a hot cuppa? Whether chamomile, rooibos, or green, tea has a lovely calming effect—plus, it’ll keep you nice and warm on a cold day.
  • Breathing & meditation – Daily meditation and Headspace breathing exercises can decrease anxiety in stressful situations. 
  • CBD – This up-and-coming natural supplement is on everyone’s mind right now—and for good reason. These CBD soft gels can promote relaxation without inducing the kind of “high” accompanied by THC.

#3 Ask for Help

Speaking of “me time,” you can’t always get away with an impromptu break when so many people are relying on you. You might need to enlist a little help—from your friends, or licensed professionals. Despite the pressure to fly solo, know that you can always reach out for assistance in the childcare department:

  • Partner up – If you are married or co-raising a child, then splitting responsibilities is a must. Talk to your partner about sharing duties equally. 
  • Babysitters – It can be nerve-wracking to leave your child alone with an unfamiliar face, but many nannying services provide quality care to free up your time.
  • Support groups – Unsure if your child is ready for solid food or PG movies? Join or create a community parent support group to share tips and tricks—like the ones in this article!

#4 Exercise

You’re exhausted and sleep-deprived and can’t find your son’s left shoe to save your life. How dare we suggest that you go for a run right now?! 

Okay, we understand your frustration, but regular workouts can greatly improve your overall health and help you manage stress.

Here are some excellent ways to get those legs moving and that blood pumping:

  • Find a friend – Whether it’s with your partner or your besties, group exercise amplifies both the physical and mental benefits of working out.
  • Take it easy – Not all workouts have to be the Boston Marathon or Tour de France. If you’re feeling physically drained, consider a workout that focuses on the mind-body connection.
  • Maximize your time – In a hurry? A quick workout can be just as beneficial as an hour-long session. Take ten minutes to sweat it out in a high-intensity bout of exercise.

#5 Switch Up the Routine

Nothing amplifies stress like a rut you can’t pull yourself out of. If both you and your kids are getting bored with the usual family games, a new activity can boost morale and take some of the pressure off you. Here are some ideas to shake it up:

  • Takeout night – Create a theme or build a (no-mess) fort to amp up the excitement and fun of an otherwise average takeout meal.
  • Nature time – Try a safe outdoor activity—a quick bike ride, a nature walk through the crunching leaves, or a snowball fight when the season’s right—to enjoy the fresh air.
  • Family cooking – Kids are surprisingly great sous chefs. Try a few child-friendly recipes to lighten the load and teach some life skills while you’re at it.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

As a parent, you’re tackling one of the hardest jobs in the world. But to be a good parent to your kids, you need to take care of yourself first. Thankfully, these tips can help you find even five minutes of well-deserved relaxation.

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