Tips for Helping Parents De-Stress

All Ages

You know that when kids eat right and are more active, they sleep better, get sick less often, behave better and even get better grades. But what about you? Your family is counting on your energy and guidance to keep them going strong.

Busy moms and dads need stress relief from their hectic schedules. So please, do what it takes to keep yourself happy, healthy and Strong4Life with these helpful tips. 

Take care of your body

When you aren’t taking care of your body, you don’t feel good, and everyday tasks can seem like they are too much to handle.

You need healthy foods to have the energy to keep up with your kids! Follow the same rules you teach your kids: Don’t skip meals, eat veggies and fruits, and drink lots of water. You don’t need to skip that morning coffee, but make sure you aren’t sipping caffeine all day. Too much caffeine can make it hard to sleep and can make you feel anxious.

Get active

Be active when you can. Walking your baby in the stroller, playing tag with your preschooler and dancing to music with your older child are all easy ways for you to get active. This will help you de-stress, and your kids will appreciate the extra quality time.

 

Make sleep a priority

It’s tempting to stay up late to watch your favorite TV show, do laundry or catch up with your spouse. But parents should make sleep a priority; adults need seven to nine hours of sleep per day. If we don’t get enough sleep, it can affect our memory, judgment and mood.

Tip: Take the TV and cell phones out of the bedroom. They compete with sleep time, and the light from the screen will make it harder for you to fall asleep.

 

Practice deep breathing

When your life is going a mile a minute and you are feeling stressed, take a deep breath. In fact, take several. Deep breathing draws in more oxygen, helping to relax your body and mind.

Take a deep breath in through your nose to the count of three, and breathe slowly out through your mouth (purse your lips like you are blowing bubbles) to the count of three. This simple trick will help relieve stress on the spot and keep you calm through your busy day.

You can do this while waiting in the carpool lane, while taking a walk or before reacting to your child’s tantrum over the fact that tonight’s dinner isn’t ice cream.

Spend your "me" time wisely

Your kids don’t care if their party decorations are store-bought or handmade, if their shoes match their outfit or if your house is 100 percent clean all the time. Put your energy toward what counts—quality time with your kids—and reserve any extra energy and time for taking care of yourself.

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