Stress and burdens are commonplace in today’s society. Here are six ways to manage the stress and worry less than you have to.
1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Don’t worry about your life being in perfect order. If the laundry doesn’t get folded today because your daughter needs help, so be it. Cut yourself some slack and remember that you are doing the best you can for your family.
2. Take a Timeout
Learn to refuel yourself when you’re getting close to your breaking point. Sometimes that means the mess doesn’t get picked up right away because you just need to take some “me” time instead. Take a break for an exercise or curl up with a good book.
3. Rise (Early!) and Shine
Getting the kids out the door can be overwhelming. Start setting your alarm 30 minutes early to give yourself time to shower, and have a quiet cup of tea before the morning madness begins. Feeling good about yourself can make you feel better about taking on the day.
4. Lift the Burdens
You may be used to feel obligated to say yes to whatever is asked of you, which could sap you of your energy. Instead, agree to things that are important to you. Prioritizing obligations can lift a huge burden off your shoulders.
5. Creating Family Fun
Think of something you can do with your family: a fun outdoor activity, volunteer work, game night, one thing brings you all together. When you’re having fun with the ones who matter most, it’s hard to worry about anything else.
6. Be Prepared
Put together 72-hour emergency packs for every person in your family and make a plan for what to do if a disaster occurs in your area. Be sure to include 3 gallons of water per person, a supply of non-perishable food, and a first aid kit. Cover your bases now and gain peace of mind.