More parents are now speaking up: in the past few months, most of us have experienced increased stress despite the quietness of the environment and having more time at home.
Here are some stress buster tips for parents to calm your worried hearts and minds:
1. Greet each day with thanks.
Every single day, try waking up earlier than usual to take note of the things you are grateful for. Keep a journal of both the simple and grand things that make your life beautiful.
What could you be thankful for?
- Your breath, your health, and your life
- Your children – their smiles, cries, laughter, and tantrums
- Your house and its warmth
- Your food and your daily provisions
- Your present – all the time available to you to make a difference in your children’s future
2. Schedule 5-minute quiet observation periods of your children.
When was the last time that you sat quietly with your children with the sole intention of observing them? Do you know that a few minutes of silent observation of your kids can create a lasting impact on your life?
Oftentimes, we are distracted by everything that’s going on in our lives that we fail to see the beauty of those around us.
It is important to include this silent observation task in your daily schedule so that you don’t forget about it. Soon, you will realize how the mere existence of your kids has transformed your life into the most beautiful and most precious one.
3. Care for your body like never before.
If you are given the opportunity to work from home, then take this chance to look at yourself like never before. Now that you are mostly staying at home, try doing the following:
- Prepare fruits, vegetables, and healthy beverages on your desk for snacking while at work.
- In exchange for your commute time, use the early morning hours for exercise, meditation, deep breathing, and self-reflection.
- Instead of heavy makeup that you usually don for office work, you can opt to explore skincare essentials and DIY self-care routines at home.
4. Disconnect and connect.
Limit your social media consumption. It would be best if you can turn on your smartphone’s screen time tracking app so you can be aware of how much you spend on reading random posts that can often sap your energy.
Instead of scrolling on your feed all day, you can choose the following alternatives:
- Subscribe to an ebook app so you can enrich your mind during free time.
- Get on the screen with your children and hop on a video call with their grandparents, playmates, and friends.
- Schedule a virtual night out with your friends to talk about anything including your daily mishaps, your memories together, and your fun discoveries about yourself, your spouse, and even your children.
- Call your friend, your psychologist, your parent, or any of your trusted individuals whenever you feel sad and lonely. Know that it’s okay to feel anxious at times so don’t be afraid or ashamed to talk about it.
Remember, you may not be able to control everything in the world right now, but you can definitely take control of how you deal with the worst situations happening in your life with these stress buster tips. How you deal with these troubling times will have a lasting effect on your children.