18 Apr How Can Working Parents Manage Stress?
Your child’s wellbeing is probably the single most important thing to you. The how, when and where of planning your child’s day is can be a stressful task (it’s the side effect of parenthood!). Add to this the planning of the how, when, and where of your own work schedule and you have yourself a pretty stressful day!
This said, it is not impossible to manage this stress. While you may not be able to eliminate it completely, you can definitely reduce the stress levels with some careful planning and time management.
Here are some tips to help reduce stress so you can be a happier parent and a more productive professional!
Before you say, “I don’t need any help – I can manage it all on my own;” remember that Superman and Wonder Women are fictitious characters. It is okay to ask for help in taking care of your child. Just ensure that the person you appoint is trustworthy and responsible.
Have a Daily Plan
Create a daily plan that outlines both yours and your child’s important activities for the day. Knowing beforehand when and where you need to be available for your child and when you need to be at work can help you plan ahead for childcare and avoid any last-minute stress for everyone involved – you, the child, and your colleagues.
Schedule Regular Me Time
We agree that being a parent is a fulltime and lifelong responsibility, but you should not forget that, along with being a parent, you are also an individual with personal needs. If you ignore your own needs for too long, it can lead to unhappiness and stress. Set aside at least 2-3 hours every week for yourself to do the things that you like; pursue your own hobbies, or simply take some much needed rest. This will help you keep up productivity levels at work, make you a more contented individual and a happier parent.
Start Your Day Early
Easier said than done. To eliminate morning chaos, get an early start to your day. Try to get up at least an hour before your children do and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with your partner. This will not only help you connect with your partner without interference, but will also give you time to prepare mentally and physically for a busy day ahead.
Try not to be in two places at once – one place physically and another mentally – it will only lead to unnecessary stress. You’re not Superman or Wonder Woman, remember? If you’re at work, then concentrate on work. If you’re with your child, then give him/her your undivided attention. By doing this, you will be more productive at work and be a more involved parent for your child.
Whilst all these points will surely help you to combat stress, if you feel uncomfortable leaving your child in someone else’s care, then you can always explore the work from home option. If you would like to give it a try, get in touch with us and we will assist you in finding and exploring relevant opportunities.