Is it wrong to make children aware of your stress?

If there’s one thing guaranteed to make a parent feel stressed, it’s when their offspring accidentally hits another child on the head. This is exactly what happened at the swimming pool the other day when Izzy, my youngest daughter lost control of a ride-on toy boat she was using and, bump, collided with a small boy in the pool. As the responsible adult overseeing my child’s behaviour, I felt the need to apologise and give the boat to someone else, all the while my stress levels were going through the roof.

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Is it wrong to tell your child when they are making you feel stressed? Pic credit: Max van den Oetelaar on unsplash.

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Making time for relaxation and getting away from it all

I’m not the kind of person who really does a huge amount of relaxation. I should, I know I should, but I’m one of those individuals who is, generally, always up to something. During the summer, the kids and I got away from it all for a few days and it was a glorious experience. At my age I should be very aware of the transformative power of a few days rest, but I just don’t do it enough. Poor excuse though it is, finding the time when you have young children is difficult.

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North Leigh Roman Villa in the Cotswolds. Pic credit: Steve Daniels.

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From 9-5 burn out to freelance work. Speaking to Alex Hirst of Hoxby Collective

Since I established this blog, I’ve written a lot about how parents are attempting to balance work and family life.

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Alex Hirst, co-founder of the Hoxby Collective of freelancers. Burn-out working 9-5 led Alex to create a more flexible way of making a living by promoting freelance work.

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A quick word about parental timekeeping

“We’ll be leaving in five minutes,” I shouted to the kids, who were playing outside as Mrs Adams and I chatted to our friends. In a graphic demonstration of parental timekeeping, we eventually walked out the door and got into the car an hour later.

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Now listen mums and dads, is parental timekeeping a problem? Pic credit: Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.

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Managing stress at work

Stress is one of the biggest causes of health problems in the workplace and is often a reaction people have to excessive demands and pressure being placed on them. Whilst it is a ubiquitous issue, some occupations tend to be more stressful due to the challenging nature of the job, for example working in education, as a public relations executive or in social work jobs.

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There are numerous causes of workplace stress, but thankfully many ways to reduce it.

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