Good Childcare Gives Peace of Mind

The parenting experience is precious and overwhelming.

In fact, according to Pew Research Center, about 41% say being a parent is tiring and 29% say it is stressful all or most of the time. But you already know that don’t you?

Three practical mental health tips

  • Ration your exposure to negative thoughts and negative media. This helps to not add things to your worry list.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of sharing the “real story” of your parenting struggles with others. Knowing you are not alone lifts some of the weight.
  • Play with your children. This is a proven way to relieve stress. It sounds simple, but play can get lost in the business of life and the use of our phones. Whether it’s playing a game, building Legos or dancing or singing together, when you’re enjoying play with a child, your body releases endorphins that promote a feeling of well-being.

The article titled, “How to Reduce Stress” by the Parenting arm of Unicef has simple, proven ways for parents to manage stress and provides guidance on recognizing stress, managing anger, self care and when to seek help.

The National Parenting Helpline, operated by Parents Anonymous is available 24/7 and is a “judgment-free, compassionate space for those in need of immediate emotional support”.