Every parent gets stressed. It’s a part of life. How we deal with our stress will help shape the emotional health of our children. This article shows simple keys on how to deal with stress appropriately. Use these simple tips to minimize stress in your day-to-day living.
Lower your expectations and you will suffer less disappointment. Try seeing everything as already perfect and accept things as they are, then you can strive less and relax more.
Learn to say NO. Next time someone asks you to do something before the word yes slips out, pause, say you can’t give an answer just yet you’ll get back to them. This technique gives you time to think. Now you can choose to say NO, calmly, politely, and kindly.
Do one thing at a time. SLOW DOWN! If you are racing, so is your heart! Write yourself a list, prioritize your tasks and work through your list methodically. You need to enjoy what you are doing, not just the results of your efforts.
Stop trying to fall asleep. So many people go to bed desperate to fall asleep as quickly as possible, and then suffer the frustration of wakefulness. Quit struggling you need to relax before you can sleep! Be thankful that you are warm, safe, and cozy, be glad that your body is resting. Breathe deeply, slowly, gently, and listen to your heart beating peacefully.
Treat yourself to a catnap and don’t feel guilty. When your body is pleading for rest, 40 winks works wonders but only if you don’t feel guilty about this.
Get out in the fresh air! Drab office, the whir of computer hard drives the drone of your boss’s demands. Get outside during your lunch break, find a patch of green, some flowers, even wander around a garden center! Lose yourself in nature and feel your tensions dissipate, for a while at least.
Live in the now. The past is gone, you can’t change it. The future is mysterious and seductive, but only with you in your dreams. What you need is with you NOW so make the most of it. Be creative and give everything you’ve got to NOW.