Stresses of Parenting
Parenting is a round-the-clock job with many concerns and demands that can be very stressful.
In an article in the March 3, 1999, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that mothers of very low-birth-weight babies had higher levels of stress than mothers of babies with average birth weight. They also found that mothers who had very low-birth-weight babies with medical complications had an even higher level of stress.
For effective stress management of being a parent and the caregiver of a sick child, it is important to recognize the accumulation of stress from each role.
Signs of Too Much Stress:
- Feeling tired and irritable most of the time
- Feelings of being down or low that last more than a few days
- More than usual difficulty in concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty enjoying regular activities that used to give you pleasure
- Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness or guilt
- Loss of appetite
- Sleeping problems
- Loss of sexual desire
If you are experiencing any of the above problems, which may also be symptoms of depression, see your doctor.