One of the most important stress management tips for working parents is to remain organized and in control of situations.
Working parents invariably find themselves juggling many things such as children’s homework, preparing meals, household chores, and work responsibilities, all at once. Undertake such tasks promptly without procrastination. Lags can lead to many pending items, accumulating stress build up.
Organize and multi-task effectively through time management skills. Effective time management for working parents takes place in two dimensions. First, evaluate the time already spent to identify ways of doing things better and cutting down on time wasters. Second, plan and make sure to keep slack times to cater to the unexpected. When faced with too many tasks, prioritize based on task importance and on what cannot wait. Prepare a list of tasks in advance, probably the previous night, schedule the order of tasks, and stick to the set routine as far as possible, while keeping slack times to cater to contingencies.
Never commit to more than what one can handle, be it at home or the office. Examples of resisting pressure on demands for time include resisting the temptation to agree to the child’s request for an outing on a weekday, or resisting the temptation to slack at the office and bring work home.
Lend clarity to cherished values, but set manageable and realistic goals. Very often, thoughts lead to stress. Clarifying values and setting attainable goals based on such values reduce stress greatly.