Positive Parenting: Tips to getting happy on a bad day
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Tt happens to the best of us -- sometimes you just get in a bad mood, especially when you're a parent. Whether you're stressed, tired, or just worn out, there are a few things you can do to help boost your spirits that you may not have thought of.
As a new parent, the idea of being tired and stressed out really hit close to home for me. So when i found an article online that had a few new ways to help battle those blues.
First things first -- Drink up! Did you know that drinking more or less coffee than you normally do can lead to irritability or fatigue? Also.. If you're dehydrated... You'll feel more tired than you actually are... So keep that water bottle handy.
Another tip: If you have a dog or cat, give them a snuggle. It's a proven fact that spending time with a pet lowers your blood pressure, and your stress levels.
Worried about your weight? Go on a walk, or have a dance party in your living room (that's a big one in my household!). Exercise releases endorphins in your brain that literally make you feel happier.
Count your blessings. Psychologists agree that sometimes just being thankful and focusing on the good things in life helps reduce stress. And if you do get too overwhelmed and blow your lid, just say you're sorry. Childcare experts say your kids will totally understand if you explain why you got upset and why you feel bad about it.
Something else i do on a regular basis is get online. Read a blog, or just call a friend. I can't tell you how many times I've been relieved to read that pretty much every other parent is going through the same frustrations. Remember, none of us is perfect.
--Robyn Greene, Positive Parenting