It is important to learn how to manage your stress—for your own sake and for your children. The following suggestions may help:
- Accept what you cannot change – Ask yourself, “Can I do anything about it?” If the answer is “no,” try to focus on something else. If there is something you can do (look for a new job, for example), break it into smaller steps so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.
- Take time for yourself – Take a bath, read a book, or pick up a hobby. When you can, hire a babysitter (or trade time with a friend or neighbor) and get out for a few hours.
- Develop a support network – Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Older children can set the table. Your spouse or partner could take over bedtime a few nights a week. Friends might pick up the kids from school to give you a break.
Remember: Learning to manage your stress will improve your happiness and show your children that they can handle stress too!