first week as a new mom, when you couldn't stop staring at that precious bundle
long enough to care about the pile of dirty laundry stacking up on the living
Well, those days
give you a run for your money, and it doesn't take long.
Throw in some
politics, terrorism and a splash of personal safety, and you are well on your
way to becoming the biggest pent-up ball of anxiety the PTA has ever seen.
Stress, as we
all know, can lead to bad things, including a higher
mortality rate. The triggers
are endless: 24-hour news, highlighted rage and the day-to-day frustrations that come
along with parenting. So how do we keep a lid on all of that pressure without
causing an explosion?
tend to suppress fear in hopes to avoid passing it onto our children, but
that's not how toxins work. We all mean well when we do this. But these toxins have a way of seeping in and destroying lives.
That is a lot of
tension under one roof. Imagine what it does to a child.
It's easy to
camouflage stress, but not when you have kids. They pick up on everything and
can quickly sense when things are amiss. Worst of all, they feed off of our
negative energy until it becomes their own, and then pass that vicious cycle
down to the next generation of anxiety-ridden children.
The good news is
that you don't have to be a perfect parent to raise a happy child. You do,
however, need to find a way to relieve some of that pressure so that you're not
taking it out on your kids, and it doesn’t need to be complicated, Hurley writes. In fact, reducing
stress is not only easy; it can also be fun.
like to take my aggression out on an elliptical machine at the gym (while
scrolling through social media and stressing myself out even more). But others might
prefer doing yoga, reading, cooking, golfing, going for a walk or a million
other cool things that can be done alone or, better yet, with the family.
tiny eyes are watching 24/7 and mimicking what they see, it is our job—as
parents—to make healthy choices.