Stress Management for Parents What is Stress?



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Stress Management for Parents


What is Stress?

  • Stress is a physical and psychological reaction to a situation that places pressure on an individual.





Sources of Stress for Parents

  • Altered sleep patterns

  • New routines

  • Family visits

  • Separation

  • Finances/Child Care



Stress effects the body and mind.



Common Reactions to Stress

  • Sleep Disturbances

  • Appetite Changes

  • Muscle Tension

  • Headaches

  • Neck and Back Problems

  • Fatigue

  • Anxiety



Common Reactions to Stress

  • Exaggerated Startle Response

  • Increased Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Gastrointestinal Difficulties

  • Significant Mood Changes

  • Increased Blood Pressure

  • Frequent Urination



The impact of stress can be positive.



The impact of stress can also be negative.



How do you cope with stress?





Be Aware



What are the symptoms of distress?

  • What lets you know you are stressed out?



What is Your Optimal Stress Level?



Practice reducing stress through your personal mental attitude.



Laughter is Good Medicine

  • Stress is tightening up

  • Laughter is lightening up



Learn to RELAX



Physical coping strategies…



TOP 10 Stress Tips for New Parents

  • Recognize you’re not alone

  • Don’t’ feel guilty

  • Accept help

  • Childcare

  • Make your health a priority



Acknowledgements





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