7 Tips on how to manage your worrying as a parent
Are you a parent who worries about your kids and everything else that goes into managing a family? It can be difficult to manage your worries without letting your fears get the best of you.
As a result, here are seven tips on how to manage your worrying while taking care of your family.
1. Get some advice from the professionals: The first thing you can do is to talk to various counselors since they know how to conquer fear and anxiety. Whenever you talk to any mental health counselor, ask questions and always write down the advice given to you so you can apply the advice in your own life.
2. Surround yourself with helpful people: Make it a habit of surrounding yourself with supportive people who understand what you are going through. Join a local parent support group where you can talk to others about your current situation and meet others who can give you some additional advice.
3. Learn how to manage your fearful thoughts: The key in getting the edge off of your anxieties is by managing your fearful thinking. Whenever you get a negative and fearful thought, challenge that thought with positive statements and realistic thinking. Make it a habit to focus on the facts of your current situation and not on your negative thinking. Remember that worrying only makes things worse.
4. You can’t predict the future: There are always factors and circumstances that you cannot predict or anticipate that could make a difference in your stressful and fearful circumstances. A person may be 99% correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is that 1% to make a difference. The key is to focus on the present rather than trying to predict what may or may not happen.
5. Take a break: Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get your mind off of the problem. A person can get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.
6. Take it one day at a time: Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your situation. In addition, you will not feel overwhelmed with everything if you focus on one thing at a time.
7. You can’t manage your mental health all by yourself: A person’s fears and anxieties can be difficult to manage and more than likely he or she will need some help. Many parents think that they can overcome their mental health problems on their own. This is a mistake. A parent should admit they have a problem and then seek some kind of assistance to get their life back on track.
Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some free mental health advice, please visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com