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Posted on: April 16, 2018

[ARCHIVED] April is Child Abuse & Neglect Month - Managing Stress

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Managing Stress

Everyone has stress, whether it's a bad day or work, car trouble, or simply too many things to do.  However, too much stress can make it hard to parent effectively.  After a while, your children may show signs of being stressed out too!   

What You Might Be Seeing

Some signs that you are stressed include the following:
• Feeling angry or irritable a lot of the time
• Feeling hopeless
• Having trouble making decisions
• Crying easily
• Worrying all the time
• Arguing with friends or your partner
• Overeating or not eating enough
• Being unable to sleep or wanting to sleep all the time
A build-up of stress also can contribute to health
problems, including allergies, a sore neck or back,
headaches, upset stomach, and high blood pressure.

What You Can Do

It is important to learn how to manage your stress—for
your own sake and for your children. The following
suggestions may help:

• Identify what’s making you stressed. Everyone’s
stressors are different. Yours might be related to
money, work, your surroundings (traffic, crime), your
partner, your children’s behavior, or health issues.
• 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.

• Have faith. Look back at previous times when you
have overcome challenges. Think “This too shall
pass.” Consider that people who attend church, pray
regularly, or practice other forms of spirituality tend
to have less stress.
• Relax! Try deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or
listening to music. Take 30 minutes to play a board
game and laugh with your kids.
• Take care of your health. Getting enough sleep
can make a big difference in your stress level. So can
eating healthy foods and getting some exercise.
• 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!

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