Research finds that one in three mothers see stress as inhibitors to their ability to be a good parent. The poll conducted surveyed mothers aged 25 to 60 with children between the ages of three and 20. In their conclusions, it was found that no matter what the age of the mother or the child, dealing with stress is a pressing concern for most mothers.
While the study conducted is important for having empirical evidence to present, it is no surprise that most mothers are stressed about being a parent. They are constantly worrying about the safety, happiness, and well-being of their children, and this can be tiring and anxiety-inducing. Regularly stressing about one’s children is a normal reaction as a parent, but this does not mean that one should just simply accept the anxiety and let it affect one’s parenting.
One in eight mothers stated that they struggled with stress daily, and eight in 10 stated that this stress is coupled with the pressures of being a mother--something they believe their own mothers did not experience. On top of worrying about their child’s physical safety and well-being, mothers also constantly stress about their future: grades, choosing the right crowds in school, dealing with bullies, etc. In a more personal light, the stress of being a parent has also affected many subjects’ careers—adding to the anxieties of being responsible for a child; 33% of respondents say that their working life had suffered post-pregnancy.
While the stress is constant, many respondents have tried to find techniques to deal with it. A third of the mothers surveyed reported to have tried a stress-relief technique or activity like meditation or exercise in an attempt to manage the pressures of being a parent. Most search on social media for tips on dealing with parental stress, but many have also stated that they have phoned a helpline when seeking for advice. Out of all the respondents, 41% found comfort in food and more than half turned to exercise to manage stress.
With this research published, there is now empirical evidence and concrete measurements of parental stressors. In the future, this can be used for not only informing new parents of the new journey they are about to take, but also for employers to become more understanding of their employees’ mental health. If there’s so much stress at home, then the work environment should be more understanding.