Being a parent comes with a heaping ton of responsibilities. You’ve got to cook for, clean up after and care for your children at all times. On top of that you’ve got to work hard at a job so you can pay for all the wants and needs of your kids and family.
Jobs – they can get stressful. Life – it can get stressful. Stress is an awful thing and it can cause some serious issues. Let’s take a look at some statistics:
- The total number of cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16 was 488,000 cases, a prevalence rate of 1510 per 100,000 workers.
- The number of new cases was 224,000, an incidence rate of 690 per 100,000 workers. The estimated number and rate have remained broadly flat for more than a decade.
- The total number of working days lost due to this condition in 2015/16 was 11.7 million days. This equated to an average of 23.9 days lost per case. Working days lost per worker showed a generally downward trend up to around 2009/10; since then the rate has been broadly flat.
- In 2015/16 stress accounted for 37% of all work related ill health cases and 45% of all working days lost due to ill health.
Stress can make you ill. You need to find coping mechanisms at work because the stress is likely not in your power to control, it comes externally. Home is another matter though – you don’t need to bring stress into the family home! However, keeping busy with your responsibilities as a parent is going to wear you out. That’s why it’s so important to find time to relax and decompress.
This time can be hard to find, but you need to carve out some ‘you’ time, even if it is just for five minutes. You don’t need to forget about your family, but taking care of yourself for a little bit can’t hurt!
If you’re sharing a house and family with your partner, split your responsibilities, so you can both have some time off. It’s important that you work together as a team and take care of the kids together. It’s not on either of you to do it all alone. Cooking, cleaning, and care should be split and not the sole responsibility of you or your partner. This should ideally leave the pair of you with some free time.
Kids need to be entertained. Otherwise, they can get bored very easily. Keep your house stocked with fun and games. Board games, books, and video games are easy workarounds – but you can also watch movies with an app like Showbox (https://getshowboxapp.com) or listen to music with Spotify. Set your kids up with a film or music and you might be able to distract them long enough for some peace and quiet.
Just remember your role as a parent. It can get stressful – so take care of yourself so you can take care of your kids.