Sunday, November 8, 2009

Parenting Tip #13 Overwhelmed and Stressed?

My daughter called me on the phone from Texas. She was overwhelmed and stressed. She is single and getting a Master’s degree in cello performance. The next morning my oldest daughter called me from Florida. She was overwhelmed and stressed. She is a mother of 3 small children with a husband who is going to medical school. Two hours later my youngest daughter called. She was overwhelmed and stressed. She is newly married, going to school and trying to find a job.

As you read this blog, you’re probably overwhelmed and stressed yourself. So what do you do when you’re in that situation? Here are a few ideas:

Scream in a pillow in your bedroom (I mean it. Try it and see if it doesn’t help!)


Call your mother/friend

Eat Chocolate

Dance, go for a walk, jog, exercise, just MOVE

Read a book and ignore everything

Lower your standards (It’s better than abusing yourself or children)

Dovetail your “To Do List” where possible

Endure and know that “this, too, shall pass”

Be grateful because at least you are alive and active

Forget being perfect. It doesn’t exist.

Stop comparing yourself with others

Remember to enjoy the journey. This is part of the journey.

What do you do when you're overwhelmed and stressed?


  1. I go out by myself after the kids are in bed. Sometimes I just read in the Sonic parking lot with a slush in my hand; other times I go shopping. Just something by myself.

  2. I play computer games and eat tootsie rolls. Or take a nap, that's another good one :)

  3. PRAY! That should be the first thing to do. Then, in the meantime...

  4. I haven't found a solution yet, but I will try some of yours. Thanks!

  5. I always call my husband and vent off some steam. He helps me find my bearings & it calms me. It's always a quick phone call (he's rotating at hospitals for med school), but it always helps.

    I LOVE your suggestions - these are great for sanity-up-keep when you're NOT super-stressed, too. I should print this list for quick reference. ;)




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