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Parental Stress: A Guide to Managing Overwhelm

Parental Stress: A Guide to Managing Overwhelm

We all get those moments, days, and sometimes weeks, where we just feel completely overwhelmed with our “TODOs”. We might feel like we are spinning or sometimes that we can’t move, yet those things that we need to complete are like a song on repeat in our heads.

I tend to go into freeze mode, where I know how much I need to do and instead of completing the most important task for the next hour, I add some others that I might have forgotten about from last week. Adding to the stress, to the guilt that I might be feeling and later on letting this turn into shame. I feel ashamed for not being able to finish my TODOs.

One thing that helps me in these moments is to write down what I am most worried about, or most overwhelmed about and just placing it a little further away from me. I need to create space to breathe. I need perspective.

And then, I can break down the tasks into doable lists and give them specific time stamps. I create a SMART list, specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-based goals for my list of things to do.

I also trash some of the “not important” ones and do a little audit for myself - what are the most important TODOs and sprinkle in some fun activities in between those trips to the bank, for example.

It is important to remind ourselves that we are also just grown-up children - we want to have FUN. Just like we make boring tasks fun for our kids, try and do the same for you - combine the trip to the bank with a quick stop at your favorite perfume shop or smell a few flowers on the way there.

You can do this - I know you can.


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