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External stressors are factors in our life that have the ability to impact negatively upon our thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Some of them may be beyond our control.
Common stressors include:
Stress can sometimes be hard to identify because we’re so used to feeling a particular way. We also might not have the time or space we need to self-reflect.
Here are some signs that might indicate you are feeling stressed:
Emotions - Intense or long lasting negative emotions, or emotions that are unusual for you, e.g. getting frustrated over something that wouldn’t normally bother you.
Thoughts - Thoughts that are negative, repetitive, spiralling, problem-focused or ruminating, e.g. thinking things will never get better.
Behaviours - Responding in ways that are negative and ‘out of the ordinary’ for you, particularly towards your child or partner, e.g. being short with your child.
Physical - Symptoms such as headaches, digestive issues, sleep issues, etc. (If unrelated to any other health condition).
Here are some effective strategies for managing stress while parenting:
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