Parenting should be a joyous time. Of course, there are going to be events that cause stress, like your little one’s first bee sting or your first trip the emergency room when you can’t get his temperature down. However, if you are walking around in a big bubble of stress every single day then you are missing out on the rewarding side of the process. Regardless if you are on your first or fifth child, it never hurts to have ideas for stress relievers.
1. Meditate – If you are stressed you have probably already had people tell you to meditate, but maybe you just don’t see the value in it. Not to mention, you certainly do not have time to sit around for an hour with your eyes closed. Well, you don’t need an hour. Take five minutes to clear your mind and focus on your breathing, and you will be amazed at how good you feel.
2. Go for a Walk – Any type of exercise causes your body to produce endorphins. These hormones are natural pain relievers that reduce stress and make you feel happy. Walking is recommended because it is the one activity you can easily do with your little one. You don’t even have to walk far to reap benefits either. Plus, the fresh air will help your little one sleep better.
3. Massage Chair – Remember those days when you had the extra time and money go spend the day at a spa, when you needed pampering? Well, those days are long gone, but you can still reap the same relaxing benefits with a massage chair. This is an investment you will get plenty of use out of. You can find many great selections from online stores like SoothingCompany.com.
4. Evening Prep – One of the reasons parents are often stressed all day is because they start their day this way. Plan ahead and take care of everything you can the night before. This includes picking out your clothes for work, packing lunches, and washing dishes, so you don’t wake up to a dirty kitchen you have to clean before you can even make breakfast.
5. Get Up Early – Try to get up 15 minutes before everyone else. Do some yoga stretches, read a few pages of a good book, or enjoy your coffee on the patio watching the sun rise. Just focus on you for a few minutes before the household wakes up.
6. Get Ahead – If you can stock up on household staples, stamps, dog food, etc., then you won’t be in a panic if everyone in the house is sick for four days, and you can’t get to the store. Make a point to buy one extra thing a week, and put it in your emergency stash.
7. Learn to Say “No!” – It is easy to fall into the trap of trying to please everyone. Friends want to meet for coffee, your sister needs you to feed the cat while she’s on vacation, and the PTA constantly has meetings and needs baked goods you are expected to prepare. You being the pleasing person you are wants to make everyone happy. Stop it! You are a busy parent. You need to make yourself happy. If you have time left over to accommodate others, then great. If you try to make everyone happy you will literally drive yourself insane.