Signs Of Parental Burnout And Tips To Combat Parental Exhaustion
Here’s few tips how you can combat parental exhaustion: ♥️
- Protected self-care time
Set time aside for your needs. Make time for yourself whether it is going for a short walk, having a bath, visiting a friend or having your own space, even if it is just for a few minutes a day. Ensure to protect this time and make it a priority.
- Regular exercise
The benefits of exercise are important for both physical and mental health. Exercise releases good hormones and prevents depression.
- Avoid comparing yourself to other parents
If you want to be happy, stop comparing yourself. Theodore Roosevelt once quoted ‘’Comparison is the thief of joy’’. It is very hard to compare ourselves to others as everyone is different and it only adds to pressure, stress, feelings of inadequacy and most importantly takes away the great work that you do as a parent.
- Do what works for you
No one is perfect. If you notice you are putting added pressure on yourself to be ‘’the perfect parent’’ try to let this go. Do what works for you and try not to engage in worry about what others think.
Connect with your breath as a way of regulating emotions and connecting to the present moment. The breath provides a place of calm, clarity and focus which in turn helps us to respond effectively to stress as opposed to reacting to stressful situations.
- Be kind to yourself
Be compassionate towards yourself. Rather than criticise yourself, show compassion and recognise that you are fallible. Too much criticism can often lead to low-self esteem, irritability and eventually burnout.
- Date nights or time with friends
Time out for connection with others is important. Parenting can be isolating therefore making time to see your friends. It is also important to look after your relationship and have ‘date nights’. This will help increase communication, teamwork and most importantly keep the spark in the relationship! Arrange a babysitter and stay present when you are away from your children and connecting with friends.