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If your little one hasn’t mastered the art of sleeping through the night yet, it may actually get worse before it gets better. This is when you need to get creative. If you can, I suggest taking mid-day power naps. If I’m having a rough day, I use my lunch break to walk to my car, lean then seat back and set a timer on my phone for 20 minutes. Studies have shown that a quick 20 min power nap can be more effective than sleeping for 1 hr. Another possible option is simply going to bed earlier. Swallow your pride, invest in a DVR so you don’t miss your shows and hit the sheets as early as 8- 9pm in you need to.
2. Eating Healthy & Exercise- A lot of guys underestimate the value of a healthy lifestyle. The more your meals are well balanced with fruits, veggies and protein, the more energy you have than the better you feel. Also, try to set on average a couple of hours a week of workout time. There is nothing like a great workout to start you day with a little extra pep in our step. Or based on your schedule, you can get rid of the stresses of your day off after work. Even if you can’t dedicate that much time, anything, including going for a quick walk or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, is better than nothing. In addition to this, healthy habits are a learned skill and you want to make sure you set the right example for your child so they in turn develop the right habits that they will use for the rest of their life.
|Martial Arts: My favorite de-stresser|
3. Setting Up Routines- One of the best skills I’ve learned to help manage stress is setting up and (here’s the important part) sticking to a daily routine. Daily routines are helpful because they help set a productive tone for the day. A good morning routine can be going for a morning walk, or setting some quiet time to go through a to-do list. Adopting a nightly routine is equally beneficial. For example, here’s a portion of my nightly routine: before I go to bed, I set out my and sometimes my little one’s clothes for the day, make our lunches or the next day, then I do some stretching. Doing this gives me an opportunity to wind down and mentally prepare for the next day and taking care of some chores the night before with give you fewer things to worry about. Whether it's morning, mid-day or evening, a routine is a great day to battle stress.
4. Taking Time for Yourself- By nature of being a father, you’re probably no stranger to self-sacrifice. Between your child(ren) , your coworkers , your friends, and your partner, you’re valuable to others and your time and energy are probably in high demand on a daily basis. But you have to remember that as an individual, you have to take care of your needs as well. Do you have any hobbies? Make sure you take out time every week to pursue those interests. It doesn’t have to be anything major. Reading, listing to music, watching the game or hanging with friends; just make sure it’s something you enjoy that you find relaxing...
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