If I had a pound for every time someone told me how tiring parenting is, or how much hard work it must be to juggle working with raising a family, I’d be quids in. The truth is, everything has it’s challenges, but that doesn’t mean it is an impossible task – and parenting is no different. It really does not always have to be a stressful job.
There are ways to take care of your children and working without getting stressed out. Here is a list of techniques you can use to help manage the daily grind:
Spread the load
Share the responsibilities of being a parent with your spouse or partner – it takes two to tango, after all, and playing superwoman won’t help.
If you and your spouse work together then parenting will not be as stressful. Your stress levels and anxiety will decrease when you share the responsibilities in taking care of the children and the household. You’ll also get some much-needed time to rest, and think outside of the mummy box, so you’ll be a much nicer person to be around.
Try not to do everything all at once!
Yes, we’ve all heard how great multitasking is, and how women (especially mothers) have a natural ability to multitask. I often wonder, however, if it isn’t a group of cheeky men who have conjured up the idea to get out of doing their fair share!
Many times we get overwhelmed with the many different tasks that we have to do. If this happens to you, stop what you’re doing and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off the problem. Take a walk, read a book, or watch some television to get their mind off of these tasks for a short wile, so you can refocus and take a constructive look at things.
If you’re one who puts off for tomorrow what you can do today then you are actually making things harder on yourself without even realising it. Things have a tendency to build up if you keep putting them off, so don’t give into temptation.
If you have to help your child with a school project, try to get started on the first available day instead of waiting until the end of the week, or a day before it’s due in.
Learn to pace yourself
Don’t do too much because you will get burned out. A person can only do so much in any one day – mums included Stay organised and don’t do everything all at once.
Take a day out to relax
Taking the day off to go to the spa or go window shopping will help you to relax. Let your babysitter or spouse take care of the kids for part of the day. If money is tights and you’re a lone parent, don’t feel guilty about asking a friend or relative to watch over your child once a month so you can recharge your batteries.
Being a parent does not have to be stressful. Finding ways to cope with the many activities in your life will help you to enjoy taking care of the family. If you have trouble doing this, then seek the services of a professional.