Parenting woes: How dads can handle child-rearing stress

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A father plays many roles: he is the provider, the disciplinarian, and the family’s protector. So when you come home from work, you can’t always have fun, chill with the family, and relax. Sometimes, being a parent can (literally and figuratively) be a handful. So how can men handle the responsibilities and stress that comes with fatherhood? Here are four tips:

Stay physically fit

This entails having a proper diet and regular exercise. Your body needs to be able to handle the strains of both work and family life. Eating healthily gives you the energy to keep up with your children even after getting home from the office. It’s so important for us to be active, so we don’t succumb to laziness and exhaustion.

Get enough sleep

Studies have shown that getting eight hours of sleep can significantly reduce stress. If eight hours of uninterrupted slumber is not possible, try and get power naps in the middle of the day to give you the extra energy boost.

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Proper time management

Your job is very important because it financially supports your family. However, pouring all your time on work will quickly burn you out. Try not to bring your work at home if you can help it. It’s important to keep your personal and professional lives separate. Also take advantage of your vacation leaves – people are more efficient with some R & R. Wisely manage your time between your family, your career, and yourself to avoid stress.

Learn to say ‘no’

Admit it now, you’re no superman. Frankly, nobody is, so don’t feel bad if you need to say “no.” You get stressed because there might be too much on your plate, and you’re biting off more than you can chew. Learn how to say no to unimportant things in order to avoid overworking yourself.

Hi, I’m Christopher J. Keehner and I’m both a dad and a businessman. Follow me on Twitter for more tips on fatherhood and business management.