Bringing home the stress of work is an unfortunate reality for many working parents. The technical term for this is "work-family spillover." This can create a negative cycle of stress and anxiety that affects both work performance, and family life, and can lead to parental burnout.
Dr. Marianne Cooper, a Stanford University sociologist, offered these three tips for better work-life balance:
1. Set clear boundaries
It’s impossible to totally unplug, but you can do small things, like setting down your phone for a couple of hours to spend more time with your family.
2. Take time for yourself
Build in some “me-time” between work and home so every moment of your day isn’t consumed by your job or family. This could mean sitting in your car for ten minutes before going to work, going for a short walk outside during your lunch, or reading a book before bed.
3. Apologize to your kids for overreacting
All parents make mistakes. Apologizing to your kids helps to take the stress off their shoulders and can help you feel less stressed as well.
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