Everyone faces stress nowadays. After all, this is a hyper-stressed, fast-paced world and some days, it can feel like a crisis is waiting to happen. And this is especially true for parents. So, how do you combat this demanding lifestyle and be at your best for yourself and your family? If you aren’t sure, fear not because here are three simple tips for tackling stress.
Tackle Only What’s Necessary for Now
One reason people are burdened down with stress is that they take on more than they can handle. So maybe you’re simply doing too much. If you are feeling anxious and stressed out, take a step back and prioritize what is necessary to do for now. Leave the rest for another day, another time or forget it. Life is too short to feel overwhelmed all the time.
Remember, your health and wellbeing depend on less stress. If you find it is difficult to say no to others, find the strength to be upfront with your friends and loved ones. Explain how stressed you feel in a calm, confident and kind manner. And lastly, let them know you may be able to help in the future, but for now, you need to restore your vitality.
See the Glass as Being Half Full
You have probably heard the adage about how some people see the glass as half full while others see it as half empty. This means people view situations from a prism of negativity or positivity. When something happens in a person’s life, they can choose to find positive or negative aspects of the situation. Even in a bad situation, the person could be grateful for some small part of it.
For example, if you are stressed out by the holiday season, you could slow down and try to enjoy the experience more. Before you know it, Christmas, Hannukah and New Years will be a memory, so enjoy. This is seeing the cup half full. Those who only see the glass half empty may greatly increase their stress. That is not healthy and can drag a person even deeper into negativity and even lead to depression.
Who would ever think smiling would do a person so much good? But many studies confirm the benefits of smiling. The fact is, when you smile, your body thinks it’s happy. Smiling sends a message of happiness to your brain.
The act of smiling helps reduce stress by sending happy messages instead of stressful ones to your brain. So, go ahead and smile today. You will make yourself feel good, and chances are you will make someone else’s day, too.
Hopefully, these three tips will help you feel better and add some balance to your emotional well-being. Try one, or try them all, and you could reduce your stress and anxiety soon.