Day: May 23, 2018

Stress-Free Parenting Isn’t a Myth–You’re Just Doing It Wrong

We’ve heard it all before. Parenting is stressful and it takes the life out of you. It makes you feel tired at the end of a long day and it makes you struggle to manage your own personal goals. You think about your kids all day and it becomes difficult when they start causing trouble for you. It’s understandable and completely believable that you sometimes just want to dump your children with a babysitterand have a fun night out.

Although it’s completely acceptable to do that once in a while, there are actually other ways to help lower your stress when dealing with children. In this article, we’ll be talking about stress-free parenting and why it’s not a myth, but a completely achievable reality.

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1. Get plenty of sleep

Sleep is underrated. Quality sleepis essential for helping you boost your confidence, keep your energy levels high and also help you recharge after a long day. Sleep can help regulate your mood, it can improve your focus, it can bolster your memory and it can help you fight back against illnesses. Taking afternoon naps is fine, but you’ll want to make sure that you get at least 7 hours of sleep per night. If you’re being woken up by a noisy child then learn to accept it. You can make up for lost sleep in the afternoon. If your job is affecting your ability to get quality sleep, then it may be time to take a day or two off just to give yourself a break. 

2. Get rid of stress triggers

Stress can cause a number of different problems such as mental health issues, physical health issues, developing addictions and even becoming easily irritable. The last thing you want is to start shouting at your kids or even your partner, so it’s important to get rid of stress triggers. This article titled “Tips To Reduce Daily Life Stress Triggers In Addiction Recovery” will be a great guide to help you reduce your stress if you’re personally recovering from an addiction and find that having children has caused you to slump back into old depressive habits. 

3. Simplify things

Keep things simple when you’re with your kids. Don’t take on more than you can handle and always streamline things. Using food preparation to help you cut down on long cooking times, stick to a schedule so that you know where you are in your day and always try to reduce the number of responsibilities you have. It’s completely normal to split your obligations with your partner and you might even find it helpful to ask your kids to learn to do simple house chores such as making the bed.

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4. Stop focusing on perfection 

The “perfect” parenting voice in your head is only making things harder for you. You might feel like you’re not good enough for your children, you might get frustrated that other parents are doing better than you and it can easily spiral out of control. Don’t aim to become the perfect parent that does everything in the best way possible–someone like that doesn’t exist. What’s actually important is that you love your children and that you’re doing everything in your power to make their life comfortable as well as taking care of your own health.

5. Keep yourself active

Exercise is actually one of the best ways to keep yourself fit, focused and motivated. It’s also one of the best ways to fight against stress. Not everyone loves to go to the gym every morning, so it’s important to just add bits of physical activityhere and there to help you cope with your responsibilities. This can include walking to work instead of taking public transport, it could involve cycling with your kids or even going out to a park to play with your children.

6. Remember to have fun 

You should also remember to have more fun. Far too many parents think of their daily tasks as some must-do list and they forget that they can have fun with their tasks. If you’re cleaning the kitchen, then put the radio on or some music and enjoy yourself. You can also learn to have more fun on a regular basis with your kids. If they’re playing video games, try and get interested in the same games and play with them. This can help you connect with your children and even create some friendly competition that will tighten your bond. 

7. Ask for help

Remember that you’re not alone in parenting. Whether it’s calling for a local babysitter to help you look after the kids or visiting a support group for single parents, there’s plenty of help out there if you’re willing to accept it. Trying to do everything yourself will only lead to disaster, so be more mindful of how you approach parenting and realize that you’re not alone. 

8. Stop multitasking

Far too many people focus on multitasking to helpthem complete more tasks in a single day. This is sadly counterproductive and it’s much better to focus on completing single tasks. Think of it this way; trying to do five things at once will only increase the time it takes to finish each task. If you just do each thing individually, then you’ll complete them faster and with less stress on your mind because you’re only focusing on a single thing. 

If you live a fast-paced life and find it difficult to keep up with parenting, then it’s a good idea to take a step back and look at these eight points that we’ve just described. If you find yourself failing to do one or the other, then it’s worth taking a good look at your life and realizing where you’ve gone wrong and what you can do to improve yourself. As frustrating as parenting can be at times, it’s important to deal with all of the problems one by one so that you can live a stress-free life and raising wonderful children.

 

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Best Skin Care Tips for Summers!

A lot of people desperately wait the entire year for summers to set in, I personally don’t enjoy summers much, but I love one fact about summers, this season allows me to wear light and fewer clothes and not bother much about covering myself under layers of clothing.

Another reason I love summers is for the seasonal fruits like mangoes and that indulgence in the swimming pool. But something that I dislike most about the summer season is the havoc that it plays on my skin. Yes summer is one of the worst possible season when it comes to skin problems. The stickiness, the dry air, the overpowering heat of the sun and the sweat, almost everything leads of skin issues that I dread

Some of the major skin issues that summer season brings along are:

  1. Heat Rash
  2. Folliculitis
  3. Acne Breakouts
  4. Razor Burn
  5. Oily Sticky Skin
  6. Uneven Skin Tone
  7. Dry, Irritated Skin
  8. Body Odour
  9. Sun Burns/Allergy
  10. Heat Boils

But like they say prevention is better than cure, so here are some quick tips to keep yourself away from the summer skin problems

  1. Wash your face and hands with a mild cleanser at least twice a day.
  2. Wear light and loose fitted clothes to avoid getting a rash
  3. Avoid heavy creams and moisturizers
  4. Keep yourself as dry as possible, especially the folds of the skin
  5. In case of folliculitis, apply apple cider vinegar on the affected area
  6. Increase your water intake
  7. In the case of acne breakouts, don’t wipe dry the sweat, rather pat dry your skin and products as Dalacin-T solution clears up acne , so their use can definitely help get rid of it.
  8. Use talcum powder on antifungal powders for body odor and bathe regularly.
  9. Chilled cucumbers turned into a paste by blending can be applied on sunburns to soothe the skin.
  10. Eat a balanced diet with a slight increase in fresh fruits and green vegetables in your diet.
  11. Complete your skin care routine with the Image Skincare Total Retinol A Cream

Hope you found the tips helpful. Do let us know if you have some other interesting tips to share by commenting below.

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