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


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