Are your children causing you stress? Mine are! I’m fresh off a three-month maternity leave with a newborn, three-nager, and geriatric dog, so I have a renewed sense of appreciation for stay-at-home parents.
April is National Stress Awareness Month. Here are some creative tips to alleviate stress with the help of your little monsters:
1. Cook a favorite meal. Just make sure it is something your kid likes (today) so as not to cause additional stress.
2. Get a massage. Bribe your partner to rub your neck or let your toddler walk on your back for a few minutes.
3. Exercise. Pro tip: Head out to the Prairie Path for a walk. Keep moving until your kid passes out in the stroller, then go home and reward yourself with a treat.
4. Take a break. If you’re like me, this might mean you lock yourself in the bathroom to read chick-lit for five minutes while your toddler watches Paw Patrol in the next room. No judgement!
5. Cuddle up with your pup! Dog owners are generally happier AND live longer . As a bonus, dogs don’t talk back and are easily bribed with food.
While kids can be stressful, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck—even in the midst of social distancing and shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19. This month, pay extra attention to what your body needs and deserves. Stay healthy, everyone!