Parenting, pressure and coping

stressed parentsThe pressure of being a parent is as high as ever. And today we have all sorts of ways to keep the pressure on, like social media or television showing us perfect families with wonderfully balanced lives. But how are real parents coping with real world stress?

“Is it wine o’clock?”

“Mommy’s little helper”

A Facebook site called “Moms who need wine”

These are a few things you may have seen online or in print. Author and recovered addict Allie Holbrook argues in a recent blog that such references serve as a distraction – not a solution – for women who are struggling, and questions why society makes light of drinking while ignoring serious consequences.

It’s not that we don’t need humour in our lives, but what’s the price (socially, psychologically) that we pay for normalizing alcohol? Working as hard as they do, parents may suffer with anxiety, depression or isolation. Dealing with these may include increased and sometimes excessive alcohol consumption.

Finding time for oneself in a busy day doesn’t always seem possible. Attempting to find healthy coping mechanisms can sometimes make the stress worse – as parents struggle to find time and money to exercise, get help with the kids or the home, or to get support for their health.

Check out this article for some ideas to help you understand or manage your stress. And let us know what’s worked for you!

Author: SMDHU

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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