Anyone that’s ever had a child will understand how nerve wracking it can be. Knowing you’re solely responsible for this fragile little human with no real training is enough to make even the most level-headed individual feel nervous. But some of us suffer with parental anxiety more than others, which doesn’t ease up even as they get a little older. If you’re struggling, here are some things that might help.
Learn more about children’s health
Learning more about children’s health and the human body can be really reassuring. You could take a first aid course designed for children, the practices you use are slightly different than on an adult and so it’s worth doing even if you’ve had first aid practice before. You could take on a child nutrition course, giving you the information you need to ensure your child is properly nourished and have everything they need in their diet. If you have a strong interest in children’s health, something like an online neonatal nurse practitioner degree would allow you to learn more about children’s health and could enable you to change career too. Best of all, these kinds of things can all be studied from home in a flexible way. Knowing more about children’s health can give you peace of mind and reassurance if you’re a little anxious.
We live in a world that’s full of hazards and dangers- essentially there’s risk in everything we do. There are dangers out of the home, on the roads and in public, and there are even dangers in our home (more accidents happen at home than anywhere else!) With that being said, it makes no sense to second guess our every move and think about catastrophic, worst case scenarios. What you should do, however, is practice safety and eliminate the risks that you can. When it comes to you child, this means moving cleaning chemicals to a shelf that’s out of reach. Keeping doors and gates locked, using baby gates to keep them out of kitchens and away from stairs. Childproof your home and eliminate the risks that you can, instead of worrying about every eventuality that can happen. Read up on risks and dangers so you can prevent them, but don’t assume that you’re going to miss something and put your child in danger.
Visit your GP
If you’re an anxious parent, you might well be anxious in general. Anxiety is an incredibly common mental health issue, and it can really rule you life when left untreated. Speaking to your doctor and getting onto the right treatment could well improve the way you feel when it comes to looking after your child. Medication, therapy or a combination of both could be the way to go. Don’t feel as though you have to suffer through it, you won’t get into trouble or be looked down on by your doctor for admitting how you’re feeling. It could make a huge difference and being more level- headed will allow you to be the best parent you can be.