Day in and day out, it feels like there is really nothing that you can do to escape from your daily stressors—which is the technical term of what causes you to feel stressed in the first place.
You don’t like the way it makes you feel, you hate its company, and quite frankly it’s similar to quicksand–where the more you try to combat it with its own tension, the more you sink yourself, deep in indescribable discomfort, only to realize that stress ultimately feeds off of the worries and problems you have continuously have.
Stress is identified as a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs your physical or mental equilibrium.
And most often than not, stress starts with the mind and then your body slowly trickles the negative associations that is inherited form it.
And sure, ways to fight off stress could be:
- Exercising or any extraneous activity.
- A form of quiet reading that eases the tension.
- Deep breathing exercises.
There are a number of options to tackle stress but regardless of what alternatives you’re thinking of…there’s a deeper way to really key in your best chance of warding it off.
Parents Hold the Answers to Defeating Stress
You might think this is a little bit off…
What do parents and stress have in a fitness blog?
Parents and stress are usually synonymous and inevitably is an aspect parenting.
Whether it be through the early stages like pregnancy or after birth and learning to adapt to a new child, there are many challenges that make parenting stressful an demanding.
No parent is immune to stress, but one thing that is the silver lining here is that parents out of all other segment of groups acquire resiliency, dedication to find workarounds and not get carried away from all the stress that charges their way.
Parents learn to create what I like to call “hacks” that help them get through rough patches without a hitch, all while doing it with fun.
The following parents were interviewed and selected for their expertise in parenthood and the associated and correlation to health that can help you learn to accept options in defeating this thing called stress.
Learn from the pros, certainly worth a read:
Tricks of the Trade: 11 Parent Bloggers Share their Hacks on How to Zap Away Stress
1. Susan of 5minutesformom.com
My best stress buster is laughter. After a long day of looking after kids and working on my blogging business, I need a laugh.
Once my kids are sleeping upstairs, I turn on a quality comedy on NetFlix and watch while I do stretches and relaxing exercises.
2. Scarlet of familyfocusblog.com
The stress of being a parent is mostly the stress of being overloaded- you know the puppy is whining to go out, you son is telling you about his LEGO house and he wants you to look, your daughter is playing the violin, and your dinner is burning! Those are the moments when I feel the stress.
I first try to avoid stress by keeping our schedule as simple as possible and having a clear plan for the day, but even so, as you can tell from the example above, there are times when the stress bulds unexpectedly. I find prioritizing and deep breathing help me the most in the moment of stress. The burning must stop first (for safety), the puppy must go out second (to prevent a mess), and my son will just have to wait a moment so I can give him my full attention then, after I take a few deep breathes!
3. Louise of momstart.com/
Another thing is a piece of dark chocolate.
4. Kimberly of shescribes.com
Shopping, a lot of chocolate and ice cream also helps. LOL!
5. Lenore of freerangekids.com
It helps me to remember that when I was growing up, all the things I advocate for today we’re just considered normal parenting. Not outrageous, not dangerous. so when I was trying to figure out what age my kids could walk to school or ride their bikes or stay home alone, I just reached back and tried to remember how I was brought up.
It helps put these extremely fearful and overcautious times back into perspective. Free- Range Kids is not about courting danger and it’s not about being particularly brave. It’s about rejecting the idea that our children are in constant danger. Thinking back on my childhood helps me remember that.
6. Lisa of weidknecht.com
Taking a break, taking a long walk, taking an uninterrupted bath, hiring a babysitter, or enjoying a few glasses of wine after the kids were in bed are all ways that I personally found helped me to cope with the stress. Constant prayer always helped, and so did having a good husband to help me team parent.
7. Janel of amomstake.com/
The best way to de-stress from all the on-call hours as a parent is to take some time for yourself. That could mean a girls night out, a date night with your sweetheart, or even just a bubble bath and a good book once the kids are in bed. Schedule in time for yourself, so you stick to it.
8. Beth of rolemommy.com
I have actually tried a lot of things to help with stress over the years but what I find works best is finding things that I love to do so that I can put my mom life on hold for a moment so I can just be me again.
Whether it’s performing on stage, playing a game of tennis or just belting out songs on my iPod while taking a leisurely walk with our dog, whenever I take a deep breath and step away from the stress to do something that I enjoy, I always return with a clear head and a plan of action. Of course, that plan completely flies out the window during red alert stressful situations like hospital visits or the hot water heater breaks and floods the house. During those instances, I call my mom or my plumber.
9. Whit of whithonea.com
In my experience the stress of parenting can seem overwhelming at times, but I have found some quick and easy fixes (even if they are only temporary). Whenever possible I like to change the scenery, go for a walk, go for a run, or head to the kitchen and prep something awesome for dinner, anything with a different view than the source of my stress.
That said, if the situation is stressing out the kids, too (and it does more often than they let on), then I try to get them involved as well. A simple invitation to whatever new activity I have turned to goes a long way in releasing the tensions of the moment, and you can feel it ease the room, even if the only sounds are some jazz in the background and a kid cutting carrots.
10. Jim of busydadblog.com
Combine that with a glass of whiskey at the end of the day, and parenting can be quite satisfying.
11. Tracy of unchartedparent.com
What’s kept me sane is writing. In part, it’s the act itself, because it can be a way of thinking through dilemmas, expressing frustrations, or piecing together complex parts of my world. But it’s also about having something that is mine.
Even when I’m writing about parenting, that’s not something I have to do in order to meet my kids’ needs. I do it for me—because I have chosen this road. I could do something else instead. I have other interests, other professional talents. But I decided and continue deciding to do this. Even when I’m too busy to write, I think about my goals (and any deadlines) and I jot down notes in the various notebooks I keep everywhere. Writing is just for me.
Let’s Leverage Anecdotal Advice to Spearhead and Annihilate Stress
It’s easier said than done. Stress has a tendency to linger and take you down this depressing hole.
As much as it is a difficult task to defeat, you can certainly overcome stress. All of the advice that each parent has given offers you the blueprint to a stress-free life that is showered by love and energy that is re-purposed for you’re own good, rather than wasted on the stinch of stress.
Free your mind and adsorb the fortune of living in a word with far less stress.
Stress will always “be” but dealing with it doesn’t have to be.
Go out there and make your life better, you don’t deserve to be stressed.
Go out there and be happy!