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7 Tips to Help Reducing the Stress of Working Parents

If you’re a parent (or even if you’re not) stress is something that has probably been on your mind at one point or another. You likely have a lot of different responsibilities that all require time and energy — not to mention, we live in an increasingly demanding society. This can make it difficult to find the time and energy for ourselves and our loved ones.

As much as you want to avoid stressful situations and people, it’s important to remember that in some ways, it’s good to be a little stressed out. Stress brings with it feelings of motivation and adrenaline that can enhance your performance and help you perform better than you would otherwise.

While there are always going to be sources of stress in your life, there are ways that you can find some relief from them. 

Here are 7 tips to help reduce the strain of working parents:

1. Outsource household chores

If you prefer having your home cleaned instead of doing it yourself, outsource this chore to a cleaning company. Similarly, if you have an important project at work that’s going to take you nearly all day, let someone else do it in exchange for some time to relax and take a break.

2. Ask for help

Whether you’re having trouble at work or need a hand taking care of your kids, ask for help. There are plenty of people out there who will be more than willing to lend a hand. So don’t feel bad about asking!

3. Delegate specific tasks

If you know that something will take a lot of time and energy, try to delegate it to someone else. Let them take on the task and give yourself some time to sit down, relax and do something for yourself, like reading or exercise.

4. Meditate

When you’re stressed out, it’s good practice to take a few deep breaths and focus on your breathing rather than whatever is stressing you out now.

5. Use any leftover time to wind down

Try not to waste your entire weekend on work. Not only will this make you more productive, but it’ll also make you less exhausted at work on Monday.

6. Be creative

When you’re feeling stressed out, it’s good to create something new, be it a song or a drawing. It’s healthy to stay creative, and when you’re stressed out and tired, this attitude can be seriously helpful in putting things in perspective and relieving some of your stress.

7. Take a deep breath

Instead of getting upset or frustrated with the fact that there are people doing stressful things, try to imagine that you’re at the beach with your family and friends. Instead of focusing on what’s bothering you, focus on the nice things in life.

The tips above may not solve all your problems, but it’s a good place to start. If you take the time to practice these simple strategies daily, not only will you find a lot of relief, but you’ll also be taking steps towards a healthier mindset and lifestyle.