Parenting can be one of the most rewarding aspects of life, but it can also be incredibly stressful. Between making sure your child is healthy, happy, and safe, managing schedules, and dealing with discipline, it’s no wonder that parenting can sometimes feel overwhelming. Second Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” God is your ever-present help. Here are tips to help you take the stress out of everyday parenting.
Simplify your schedule
To simplify your schedule, take a look at your calendar and evaluate which activities and commitments are non-essential. Learn to say “no” to those that aren’t a priority, and prioritize the activities that align with your personal values and family goals.
Find a calming hobby or activity you can enjoy with your child
Finding a calming hobby or activity that you can enjoy with your child is a great way to reduce stress and bond with them. Coloring, gardening, or even cooking together can create special moments and memories that you’ll both cherish.
Make time for physical touch
Making time for physical touch, such as hugs, high-fives, and snuggles with your child, is a simple yet powerful way to reduce stress and boost well-being. These moments of connection create a sense of security and love that can help you and your child feel more grounded and calm.
Create a designated space in your home where you can destress
Creating a designated space in your home where you can go to relax and unwind is a great way to take the stress out of everyday parenting. Whether it’s a cozy reading nook or a peaceful meditation corner, having a space that’s just for you can help you recharge and find moments of calm amidst the chaos.
Spend time in nature
Spending time in nature, whether it’s going for a hike or simply playing outside with your child, can have a profound effect on reducing stress levels. Being surrounded by greenery, fresh air, and sunshine can help you feel more relaxed and energized, and it’s a great way to bond with your child while getting some exercise.
Practice deep breathing exercises
Practicing deep breathing exercises is an effective technique to help calm your mind and body, and take the stress out of everyday parenting. By taking slow, deep breaths, you can slow down your heart rate, lower blood pressure, and promote a sense of relaxation and well-being.
Use positive affirmations
Using positive affirmations is a helpful way to remind yourself of your strengths as a parent, and to combat negative self-talk that can contribute to stress and anxiety. By repeating positive phrases such as “I am a loving and capable parent,” you can boost your confidence and feel more empowered to tackle the challenges of parenthood with God as your strength.
Listen to a short segment of this guided meditation from Abide on the affirmation “I am strong.”
Schedule regular date nights
Scheduling regular “date nights” with your partner is an important way to prioritize your relationship and recharge your batteries as a couple. Whether it’s dinner out or a cozy night in, a walk around a nearby lake or a game of minature golf, taking time to connect with each other in a meaningful way can help you feel more supported and connected, both as partners and as parents.
Seek out parenting support
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” God knows you can’t do this parenting thing alone. Seeking out a parenting support group in your faith community can provide valuable encouragement and advice from other parents who share your values and beliefs. These groups offer a safe and supportive space to share your experiences, ask for help, and connect with others who are navigating the joys and challenges of raising children.
Let go of control and embrace imperfection
Learning to let go of control and embrace imperfection is essential for reducing stress and finding peace as a parent. By practicing self-compassion and grace, you can cultivate a mindset of acceptance and forgiveness that allows you to be more present and enjoy the messy, beautiful journey of parenthood.
Parenting can be stressful, but implementing these 10 tips can help take the stress out of everyday parenting. With these tools, you can find peace and joy in your parenting journey.
If you’re looking for additional support in reducing stress, download the Abide app. With its guided meditations like the one above, daily devotions, and more than 300 Bible-based sleep stories (including more than 80 for kids!), Abide can help you find peace and comfort in the midst of the challenges of everyday parenting. Give it a try and see how it can help you on your parenting journey.