De-Stressing as a Busy Dad

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We love our children and we wouldn’t change fatherhood for a thing, but sometimes being a dad can be pretty full-on. 

Our kids are like little whirlwinds who never seem to get tired of playing games and asking questions and that means even the best of us can end up stressed out and more than a bit frazzled from time to time, especially if we have other commitments like work and chores to handle too.

If that sounds all too familiar to you, then it’s time for you to do some daddy de-stressing, and below you will find some excellent suggestions on how you might do that.

Head off on a hike

When you’re feeling really stressed out, sometimes all it takes is lacing up your hiking boots and hitting the trails to make you feel better again. The fresh air will blow the cobwebs away and the gentle sights and sounds of nature will help to soothe your body and mind so you can come back home and be an even better dad to your kids.

Treat yourself

When we are dads, we often spend all of our time and money on treating our kids, but we deserve a treat too, and indulging ourselves can be a good way to de-stress and relax. In the past, men would put their slippers on and retire with pipes and cigars in the lounge. You can absolutely still do that if it’s your thing, but these days there are so many activities you can do to relax from meditation and yoga to simply streaming a favorite movie on Netflix that there is no reason you cannot sneak in a little treat each evening once the kids are safely tucked in bed.

Hit the kitchen

One of the simplest ways you can relax without leaving the house, and which you can even get the kids involved in if the will actually be helpful. Is cooking. There is something very soothing about chopping veggies and frying meat that can ease your mind and transport you to a calmer place. Even better, you get a nice meal out of it at the end of the day!

Join a sports team

All work and no play can make daddy a very stressed man indeed. One of the best ways to have some fun and blow off steam while also setting a healthy example for your kids, is to join a sports team and get involved in a sport like football or baseball. Not only will you get lots of de-stressing exercises, but you will be able to meet other dads in a similar position, so it is a good way to meet more dad friends and boost your social circle in the best possible way too.

Being stressed out is nothing to be ashamed of and neither is taking some time out to relax chill and ultimately come back to your dad duties the next day a better, more effective father than you were before!


My name is Richie and I am a 38 year old father of two, a daughter and son. I am married to a beautiful woman named Destiny. She is the foundation of our family, and without her, none of this would be possible. During the day I work as a network security administrator for a local school district. At night I can be found illustrating books, working on websites, or creating music, but more than likely though I am spending time with my kids.

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