Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Parents Prioritizing Stress Management are Happier

By mitigating the impact of stress, parents find healthier ways of coping with life’s challenges. In turn, the family dynamics improve. They are more likely to connect and engage with their loved ones. Communication is more clear. Decisions are more thoughtful and come from a focused perspective. Positive results are very noticeable.

First, let’s take a look at the consequences of ignoring the signs of stress. In next week’s blog, we will look at practical ways for managing stress as a parent. There are dire negative effects when parents don’t take care of themselves. It’s been said before that “stress is a silent killer.” Research shows that it truly is “not so silent.” The body is intelligent. It gives off clues when it’s time to rest. Physically, a person may start feeling sick. That headache, itchy throat, or first signs of sniffles mean that there’s a need for rest.

Stress has also been linked to poor memory. Heightened stress can also affect your decision-making skills. It can cloud your judgment. Potentially, feelings of anxiety or depression can also increase. You may become more reactive and more irritable as well. Stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol flood your mind and body. In the short term, these can boost your energy and motivation. But being on edge at all times isn’t sustainable. This will cause your body to shut down your immune system.

Investing in your well-being will help your family thrive too. You will be able to take care of your health. Over time, you strengthen your physical and mental health. Essentially, you are setting a great example for your children. 

Be on the lookout for next week’s blog to learn more about practical strategies. When you manage your stress, you manage your life.

About the author: Joy Acaso is our own Parenting Coach at Nightwatch Childcare Center. She has over 17 years of experience in the mental health field. She is available to answer your questions and provide resources that can help your family thrive.

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