Adults and kids alike can all struggle with stress from time to time. For adults, the daily tasks at work, taking care of the kids, and seemingly never-ending expenses can all cause some anxiety in our lives. Different problems with school, conflict in their families, and problems with peers are all stressors that overwhelm children.
Keeping the stress levels down, or avoiding it at all, is crucial to achieve all of your day-to-day tasks and stay happy! Here are some tips and ideas to keep in mind to avoid the added stress in your and your child’s life:
1. Don’t Over-Schedule
One of the biggest stressors for adults and kids is being over-scheduled throughout the day. In this society, we’re typically expected to get the kids off to school, work an 8-hour day, take care of things at home after work, and all the other tasks and activities that come up. Also, kids are expected to pay attention and perform in school for seven hours, partake in extracurricular activities, get their homework done, and then go to bed just to do it all over again the next day.
If you set up your respective schedules according to the amount of actual free time you have, this will help with time maintenance. Maintaining your time properly and ensuring that you don’t have too many tasks to handle during any given day should surely cut down on some of the extra stress.
2. Make Time for Exercise/Play
The importance of play for a child goes well beyond the fun-factor of it. Getting exercise and having the time for play will naturally relieve the stress your body builds up throughout the day or week.
Finding time for yourself to do something you genuinely enjoy is a very important aspect of your daily life. This is especially the case during the week when most of the day is spent at work or school. Exercise and play keeps the stress away!
3. Prioritize Your Sleep
Sleep plays a vital role in everything from decreasing stress to boosting mood to improving work/school performance. If you or your child isn’t getting enough sleep, you’re not giving your body the recovery it needs to take care of everything for the following day.
You should already know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, but teaching your kids is a good idea too. Also, creating a beneficial sleeping environment is key; this means turning off the cell phone and television at a decent hour!
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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