Many parents have stress problems. You don’t need to worry much about your stress. If you worry, that will increase your stress. There are simple ways of stress management tips for parents. You should try to manage stress, and make your mind calm and peaceful. That way, you can lead a happy life and enjoy healthy parenting. Let’s talk about stress management in parents. This post is based on the video of Dr Maithily’s parenting tips and advice. In this post, you will learn simple stress management tips for parents and relaxation exercises that have proven useful.
Stress Management Tips For Parents
In the present world, stress is a common problem many people are facing. The real problem is many of us are not identifying or ignoring mental health problems that can be cured with simple methods. Sometimes, this ignorance causes major health problems in the future. Due to stress, anxiety and other such mental health problems, we feel physical health problems like headaches, body pain, stomach pain etc. We consult a physician for such problems and the Dr gives medicines that are not actually required. These unwanted medicines again create problems for our health. So, if you have stress, anxiety, depression, anger or any such issues, please do not ignore them. Consult a Dr and seek his advice and treatment for the same. If needed, consult a mental health expert who can identify your real problem and give you proper treatment. Follow proper advice for stress management for parents. Never ignore or never feel ashamed to discuss your mental health problems.
In the present world, many parents have stress handling the busy work schedule and parenting together. Workplace stress, problems in managing the family, taking care of aged parents, taking care of children and their education and many other matters make parents stressed. Parenting is stressful indeed. Learning to manage the stress of parents will give you the patience, energy and perspective to become a better parent. Also, that will help you better health and ability to function well. Here are a few ways that you can adapt to manage your stress.
Stress Management Tips For Parents – Dr Maithily
Parents are very stressful whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working parent, a single parent or a married parent, a mother or father, a parent of one child or a parent of several children, remaining cool, calm and full of energy can help get you through the day. Taking a moment to consider stress management tools with work for you and putting them into practice will help you to provide the stress management approach you are looking for and the stress relief you deserve.
How do we get so tense?
When we are worried, anxious, or hurried our body begins to feel tense. Actually, this is a natural reaction. Our body is preparing for a flight or fight and given the signal to prepare to respond to a threat. If a real physical danger is present, the body will be able to protect itself by attack or retreat. When the emergency is over and all-clear signals are given our body will relax and return to its normal state. Chronic tension affects each of us differently. Depending on the person it can cause sleep disturbances, increased or decreased appetite, headaches, stomach aches, poor concentration or irritability. Some diseases can be caused by or made by chronic tension. Also, our immune system can be weakened. Thus we will be more towards the holes and other infections. Let’s discuss some simple strategies to reduce tension and stress.
3 Proven Techniques For Stress Management
- Progressive relaxation
- Deep breathing
- Pleasant images
1. Progressive Relaxation
Start with your feet and lower legs. Tighten those muscles as hard as you can. Feel the tension. Then gradually release the tension. Let your feet and lower leg muscles relax just a little bit at a time. Repeat this with your upper leg and hip muscles. Again experience first tension and then gradual relaxation as you slowly release all the tensions.
Next tense the muscles in your hands and lower arms. Make a fist. Tighten them as tight as you can, then gradually let them relax. With each muscle group, the relaxation feels good. As you relax one group at a time your whole being will begin to feel relaxed, calm and peaceful.
Repeat the tension and then gradual relaxation with your upper arms and even with your shoulders. Remember to tense and hold before relaxing.
Now tighten your stomach muscles, hold the tension and then gradually release.
Then move to your chest muscles. Take a deep breath, hold it while tensing your chest muscles, and slowly let out your breath while gradually letting go of the tension in your Chest muscles.
As you have now progressively relaxed most of your major muscle groups, you will feel a tingling sensation. You will find that your breathing has become lower and deeper. You are now relaxed.
Try to practice this technique on a daily basis. When you have followed the above for about 10 to 15 sessions try it without tensing the muscles. See if you can relax one muscle group at a time while breathing slowly and deeply.
2. Deep Breathing
When we are tense our breathing is often shallow and rapid. Most of us do not breathe properly, tense or not. Improper breathing drops us of oxygen which purifies our body as well as helps our body in producing energy. Fortunately learning to breathe correctly is not difficult.
Find a comfortable place to lie down. Place your hands on your abdomen just below your ribs. Begin breathing slowly and deeply. If you are breathing correctly you will feel the expansion in the abdominal area before your rib cage expands. Spend 5 to 10 minutes several times a day practising your deep breathing. You will notice that as you become more proficient your breathing will improve during your normal activities also.
3. Take a mental vacation
When we think about things that are upsetting, our body becomes tense. This is because the lower centres of our brain which regulate body functions do not distinguish between the real ones and the imagined images. If you think about being in an uncomfortable situation your body will begin to respond as if you are in that situation. Since you have probably had lots of experiences thinking about things that cause tension, you have all the skills necessary to do just the opposite. Imagine something that makes you feel good.
To prepare for your mental vacation, relax your muscles and take a few deep breaths. Then close your eyes and imagine you are at someplace you enjoy. It could be a beach or a mountain or enjoying your favourite activity anything but whatever you like. Try to experience this imaginable fully, completely, see the sights, hear the sounds, feel the air, smell the smells, and tune it to the sense of wellbeing.
At first, you should allow 10 to 15 minutes for this exercise. As you become more adept you will find that you can feel like you have been on an extended vacation or have just returned from a good time in only a few moments.
Some other ways to feel relaxed
- Listening to music
- Enjoying a hobby
- Worship and prayer
Listening to music is very relaxing. Reading can be rewarding. Enjoying a hobby can make life more fun. Research shows that exercising several times a week can reduce the tension and stress in all of us. Research also has found that regular attendance at a place of worship and daily prayer results in lower blood pressure and better-coping skills.
Credits: Dr Maithily
Stress Management Tips for Parents | Dr Maithily’s Parenting Tips and Advice
In this video, you will learn simple stress management tips and relaxation exercises that have proven useful to all adults.
Hope you could find a few simple stress management tips for parents. If you have stress or any such mental health problems, don’t ignore them because those problems will affect your parenting and life. Your stress, anxiety, and anger will lead you to other problems that will affect your children and family life. That will affect the parent-child relationship in the family.
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