Having kids is one of life’s most rewarding and joy filled experiences. Having said that, parenting is also a LOT of work. What’s more, the work is unrelenting. It’s not like a job, where you can go on vacation for a week or two and come back feeling rejuvenated. When you have kids, they come with you on vacation. So, you don’t really get a break. You get stressed and burnout! We've all been there. We all need a lil' help. Here are some tips for stressed out parents.
Tips for Stressed Out Parents to Help Avoid Burnout:
So, just what can you do to avoid this? Read on to find out.
Get Some Sleep
One of the most important things that you can do is try to get some sleep. In the early days, this may seems impossible. It seems that way, because it is that way. But, a few months into parenthood, you will probably find yourself settling into a routine, and this routine should include regular sleep.
This is easier said than done, but there are a few things you can do to stack the odds in your favor. Try sleeping when your little one sleeps, even if it means taking some daytime naps once in a while. If you aren’t into napping, try taking turns with your spouse so that one of you is responsible for getting up to tend to your kid(s) each night, while the other gets a full night of rest.
Carve Out Some Time For Yourself
Try to carve out a little time for yourself each day, or at least a few times per week. This might mean an hour to go shopping, hit the gym, or just to go out and grab a cup of coffee in peace. While this might not seem like a big deal, having a little bit of down time each day when your “off duty” can really make a big difference in the long run.
Pursue Other Interests
There are some activities that you can pursue together as a family. If you like hiking, you can get an off road stroller and enjoy a bit of the great outdoors. Then again, you might have other interests that are really meant just for you.
If you have always enjoyed yoga or golf, you’re not exactly going to take young children along with you. While it’s natural for these sorts of hobbies to fall by the wayside in early parenthood, it’s a really good idea to bring get them back into your life before too much time passes. Diversions like this are great to have in your life since they are a regular source of enjoyment.
Cut Yourself A Little Slack
No one is perfect, and the sooner that you are able to accept this as a parent, the better. A lot of parents read up on what they need to do to help ensure that their little one develops and grows well. While that’s a positive, it’s easy to get carried away, and this can become a major source of stress.
You don’t need to spend every waking moment reading or talking with your child in order to make sure they have enough stimulation. Sometimes, it’s fine to set them up to play with an activity table, and relax a bit yourself while you passively keep an eye on them.
As difficult as parenthood can seem at times, it’s good to try and keep perspective. All in all, it’s a wonderful experience. If you can find your rhythm, and maintain some balance in your life, you’ll stand a much better chance of keeping stress at bay, which will make it much easier to enjoy the ride.
Author Bio: Ryan Howard runs SmartParentAdvice, a site that provides parenting advice for moms and dads. Ryan writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase for babies and toddlers.