Minimize Stress as a Working Parent
Working any job can lead to little to no time for working parents to de-stress. When you do have time you end up prioritizing the little one’s needs before your own. We’re here to reassure you that parents need time to relax too! Check out these tips to help you do just that.
Parents need time to relax! Try these helpful hits:
Maximize your time
As a parent you know there are plenty of times when you’re waiting around for your child to get done with something, such as finishing up sports practice. Get prepared ahead of time and keep simple hobbies you enjoy in your car or bag so you don’t feel like you wasted those precious minutes. For example, stash a book you’ve been wanting to read or even a coloring book in your car. Don’t spend this time flipping through your phone which can lead to more stress.
Lean on a friend
Don’t overlook the help of other people. Lean on a friend, neighbor or family member to get you some alone time. For example, trade off 1 night every week with the parent of your child’s friend to watch the kids for a couple of hours. Swap turns so each parent gets a dedicated night to chill.
Don’t underestimate the power of a brief walking session! Try it for as little as 10-15 minutes at a time that is most convenient for you. Go in the morning or even during your lunch break. It’s an easy way to get a little exercise and alone time. Bonus points if you’re able to walk outside!
Make a conscious effort to stop your mind from stressing about things you can’t control or things you have to do later. Take a step back and focus on the moment when you catch yourself doing this. Being aware will help you accomplish your tasks.
Join an online mom or parent community
Connect with a local parent/mom Facebook group to get advice on everything from things to do in your community with kids to general parenting advice. It can be hard to find these types of connections in your everyday life when you’re constantly on-the-go, so It’s great to have an online community to turn to!
Lastly but most important, don’t be too hard on yourself!
It’s okay to forget things or to be late sometimes. It’s okay to not be perfect. We know you have a seemingly growing to-do list but you’re trying your best, and that’s what counts! Just remember, parents need time to relax!
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