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A Ray Of Sunshine In A Field Of Stress: Learning To Be A Calm Parent

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When we teach our kids important lessons in life, we can sometimes neglect to learn from them ourselves. We can preach about being considerate, patient, and calm but there will be times when we don’t feel that we can do this ourselves. Perhaps you’ve had a bad day, the children seem to be running riot, and it’s all contributing to a pressure cooker between your temples. Being a good parent is also about learning how to be calm based on the situation. Going off the handle, or even showing that your anxiety levels are rising can set you up for a fall. So with this in mind, what are the best ways to become a calm parent?

Practice Anxiety-reducing Techniques

It’s not something that you do once and then you are cured, but it’s about figuring out the right combination methods to minimize anxiety. While there are modern things floating around, like CBD oil for anxiety, when you figure out the right techniques that calm you down quickly, it’s worth continually trying these. The techniques can vary depending on the situation. If you are in the middle of a stressful moment, sometimes you need to step away and count to 10, take a few deep breaths, before coming back. Sometimes you have that fear which stays with you all day, in which case, you figure out how to gradually calm yourself down, such as by using progressive relaxation. There’s an abundance of great techniques out there, and it’s about finding the right ones for you so you can operate with an even temperament.

Look At The Bigger Picture 

Part of the reason we get upset in the moment is because of something little, but what we can do, aside from asking ourselves why we are upset, but we have to look at the bigger picture. Will the world come to an end if your child doesn’t hang their backpack on the coat hanger? If that little bit of mess stays on the floor for an extra 10 minutes, will it cause an abundance of problems further down the line? Of course not. Sure, we need to clean up, but there is no point in feeling like this insignificant moment is worth agonizing over.

Decide To Be Happy Rather Than Right

Sometimes we cannot let things go. And we have to remember that when it’s appropriate that we have to let everyone else be wrong or do something that we don’t necessarily agree with, so they can learn from their mistakes. And if we feel that we need to be right all the time, this is our ego talking. Instead, choosing to be happy, and letting things that pale in significance go will result in a far happier household. 

Whatever you feel, understanding to be calm is the first step to a much better resolution. As parents, we can feel that we fly off the handle too much, but as long as we start to notice this, this is when we can make things a lot better.

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