6 Tips To Reduce Stress At Home And Keep Family Relationships Healthy
Everyone seems to be stressed-out these days. It doesn’t matter whether the source of your stress is troubles at work or a conflict with a family member, it creates tension in relationships, which eventually erupts into arguments and fights. This is why it’s so important to remember that you and your family are in this together, and this is what family is for – to be there for each other and support each other in trying times. You have to learn how to cooperate and manage family stress right – it will make your relationships even stronger.
What do you have to do to relieve stress in your family? Try this:
Don’t spread yourself too thin
Don’t take on more task and activities that you can’t complete without feeling burned-out and don’t make your children do the same. Many parents believe that lots of extracurricular activities will make their kids successful in the future, but having too much to do and little time to rest may turn the youngsters into neurotics. Let your kids choose activities they enjoy, and try to make your own schedule less busy.
Don’t lash out at your family because you’re stressed at work
This is how it often happens: your boss gives you a stern talking-to, you come home in a bad mood, someone at the dinner table says something that rubs you the wrong way, and you let them have it. But dinner table is where you and your family are supposed to share how your day went, and maybe, your child’s or your spouse’s day wasn’t so great either. Tell them about your troubles, they will listen and understand and find the right words to calm you down. If you’re opposed to shop talk in front of children, talk to your spouse before bedtime about your hard day at work.
Have meals together
Having breakfast and dinner together whenever your busy schedules allow it is a great opportunity for bonding with your family. You learn about your loved ones’ goings-on and tell them about yours. And there’s more to having meals with your family than an opportunity for communication. HealthLine cites two studies that suggest family meals are beneficial both for children and parents. According to one study published in the journal Pediatrics, children who eat together with their families are 24% more likely to eat healthier, and have a 12% lower risk of becoming overweight. Another study from Brigham Young University found that adults who have dinner with their families see their jobs as more satisfying.
You have to do housework unless you have a housekeeper. Why not to do it together with your family? It can even be fun and becomes much quicker if everyone has a task. In addition to that, you set an example for your children – they learn how to do housework efficiently which will help them once they grow up. The result: a clean home, no one is too tired, everyone can be proud of their contribution.
Spend free time with your family
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a pre-planned trip to a foreign country or something equally elaborate. Simply going to the movies, playing board games, or a walk in the park is a great idea for a family weekend.
Realize everyone needs some alone time
We all need some time for solitary activities and moments of silent reflection. Children need privacy too, especially in their teenage years when they just want to be left alone. You may feel like you’re not in control anymore, but if you don’t react to your children’s moodiness and minor misdeeds aggressively, they will trust you enough to come and talk to you when they have a problem.
This article is purely for informational purposes. Do not self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm that may result from using the information stated in the article.