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