Seven Ways to Manage Stress at Home
Stress is unfortunately a part of modern life. Balancing work, home and extracurricular activities can be a challenge for even the most organized people. And there’s no magic pill to reduce stress –you’ll have to find what works best for you. These tips are a good starting point for managing the stress and anxiety you feel each and every day.
It sounds obvious, but making a list of everything you’ve got to do can help manage stress. By making a list, you may discover you’ve got fewer “to-dos” than you thought. Lists also help you prioritize your tasks based on what’s truly the most important.
It may be easier said than done, but sometimes, you’ve just got to let things go. That’s especially true for working mothers who manage a home, career and children. Put domestic responsibilities on hold for a day or two, until things slow down. Remember, it’s perfectly OK to let the carpet go another day without being vacuumed. No one will think less of you for doing so.
Make Time For Yourself
Take time out regularly for yourself. Make sure your family knows you’ve set aside a period of time – even if it’s just 15 minutes – to relax and unwind. Read a magazine or book, take a bubble bath or spend some time meditating or praying. Use an aromatherapy comfort wrap to give yourself a great-smelling hug. Or try a facial or pedicure at home. A little pampering will lift your mood and help you feel energized. Plus, it doesn’t have to cost a lot; especially with a Kohls coupon to help you save.
Interact with friends or family
A simple telephone conversation with a friend or family member can do a lot for your mental state. You don’t even have to talk about what’s stressing you. Just hearing about what’s going on in someone else’s life provides something – other than your own worries – to ponder. Plus, you’ve probably become accustomed to sending emails or texts rather than calling someone on the telephone. Taking time to actually talk and laugh with others can do wonders for your psyche.
Cut back on stimuli
For some people, listening to or reading the news creates feelings of anxiety. While you should stay abreast of current events, consider reducing the amount of news you consume. Instead of listening to news radio while driving, listen to a music channel instead. Don’t be tempted to click on links to news stories that appear on social media sites, or you risk becoming overwhelmed by negative messages.
Any type of exercise – from yoga to karate to a simple walk around the neighborhood – boosts endorphins in your body. These “feel-good” neurotransmitters work to improve your mood, help you sleep better and decrease anxiety. You don’t have to be an athlete to get stress-reducing benefits from exercise. Any type of moderate physical activity will do.
Get enough sleep
Many people who are constantly stressed are also constantly sleep deprived. Get a good night’s rest – between 7-8 hours for most adults. Take a hot bath before bed to help you relax. Use a sleep mask, aromatherapy or a sound machine to provide just the right conditions for sleep. After a good night’s rest, you’ll be able to greet the morning with a smile.