How to De-Stress
Parenting can be very stressful. Remember to take time for yourself and de-stress the best way you can. Some parents listen to music, some journal, and some exercise and stretch.
Quick ways to de-stress:
- Get out in the sunlight. Bring the kids to a playground, park further from the store entrance, or just open the curtains.
- Crank up some music! If you feel like dancing a little, go ahead.
- Connect with a grown-up. Make a quick phone call or send a message.
- Make timefor Know what makes you happy and relaxed. Take time for personal interests outside of your family and come back with a refreshed spirit.
When the demands of caring for a child become very stressful, you can get burned out.
Common physical signs of stress:
- Low energy.
- Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, or nausea.
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles.
- Trouble sleeping.
Taking care of your own physical and mental health helps you give your child the best care you can.
How to maintain good physical and mental health:
- Get enough sleep. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
- Exercise daily. Take short walks, go for a run, or take the stairs.
- Eat healthy food and drink plenty of water (8 cups a day).
- Practice relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, yoga, or meditation. Even 1 minute of relaxation can make a huge difference.
- Practice good mental habits by developing a positive attitude and gathering support from others.
- Take time for your own interests and activities.
- Communicate with your partner or other helpers about your own needs.
- Maintain a healthy, supportive sexual relationship if you are sexually active.
- Exercise your spirituality, such as prayer or connecting with a faith community.
- Avoid using drugs, limit your alcohol use, and quit smoking. Contact FirstLink at 211 for drug and alcohol treatment centers. Contact NDQuits (1.800.QUIT.NOW) for many free options to help you quit smoking.
Postpartum depression, which is depression after giving birth, happens more often than people realize. Consult your health care provider if you have any concerns.