Don’t Feel Guilty If You Can’t Do It All! Five Ways To Manage Your Stress

Raising a family is both rewarding and challenging. Juggling work, the house, and your family can be a major source of stress for parents. Today, I want to share five things you can do to help manage stress levels as a parent.

Reduce stress in your life by setting priorities, taking unnecessary things off of your to do list, and finding time to do things as a family that you all enjoy. Think of activities to help you feel relaxed and healthy, and then try to do at least one activity a day to reduce stress.

If you are feeling alone, reach out to a friend who you can speak honestly with. Chances are, whatever is stressing you out, might not be as uncommon as you think it is. There are a lot of stressful issues that parents face but rarely talk about. Even if your friend can’t relate to what you are going through, it always feels good to talk out tough feelings!

The activities that work best for each person will be different, but they can include meditation, yoga, exercise, reading, or even just binge-watching Netflix. Everyone manages stress in their own way, and it may be necessary for you to try a few activities to see what works best for you.

Most parents feel guilt over something they think they do wrong as a parent. A hectic work schedule, chronic illness, or the occasional yelling incident may be the source of parental guilt. Try not to be too harsh on yourself when you feel like you aren’t being a great parent. Try to focus on the parts of parenthood you are handling well instead of the things you think you are failing at.

It is okay not to be super mom or dad every day. Knowing and accepting that what you do and do not have time for in your life will help you make healthier choices that can lead to a less stressful life.

Being a parent can be hard, but it can be a little easier if you work to reduce your stress levels!

I’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite stress relieving activity? What steps have you taken to reduce stress in your life?

21 responses to “Don’t Feel Guilty If You Can’t Do It All! Five Ways To Manage Your Stress”

  1. This is so important for everyone to remember. You can’t do it all, no matter who you are. You cannot do it. And that’s okay.

    1. Yes, it is okay not to be able to do everything!

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    The Super Mom Life

    My stress levels have been off the charts lately. I’m always looking for tips to minimize it. Thank you!

  3. I reduce my stress by attempting to reserve judgement on things that may affect me and letting go of things that will not matter in the long run.

    1. Those are great tips!

  4. I do have to remind myself this every day. Yes, I do feel guilty if I miss doing something and it’s affecting me a lot sometimes.

  5. Yes we can’t do it all and neither should we have to. I have to take some form of exercise daily to keep my stress levels in check else I can feel like a maniac!

    1. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress!

  6. Movie-watching and listening to reggae help me a lot when it comes to keeping my stress down!

  7. Great post. It’s super important to check in with yourself when you feel overwhelmed and do whatever you need to do to bring the energy down and ground yourself.

  8. I agree, it’s ok not to do as many as we possibly can. Great tips! Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Parenting can be overwhelming at times, and taking time for yourself to decompress is so important. These are some excellent tips and ideas to help parents feel more balanced!

  10. It’s ok. We have ups and downs. Write down the things you need to do. Ask for help if needed.

  11. These are such useful tips for anyone struggling with stress of mismanagement. I agree setting priorities, taking unnecessary things off of your to do list, and finding time to do things that you enjoy can definitely reduce stress from your life

  12. So important! Useful tips you shared!

  13. Parenting is a very stressful job, and yes I said it is a job coz it needs to work. Having a conversation with other parents helps to release the stress, although not every time parents seek opinions… just having someone listening helps.

    1. Having someone to listen is definitely a huge help!

  14. Great advice for new mothers. We have to remember that we cannot do everything on our own. Don’t stress ourselves out.

  15. It is indeed important to understand that sometimes we really lack the time in order to finish one task. In addition, it is very important to treat ourselves, do something or indulge ourselves to a short “me-time” in order to reward ourselves for working hard, relieve stress, and get the energy you need for your next task.

  16. Such amazing advice that even the most seasoned mamas need to read!

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