Dealing with family stress can be difficult. However, the most important thing to remember is that you are only in control of your own actions and reactions. And learning to deal with your own stress properly can have a profound impact on not only you, but those that are close to you as well.
Being part of a family can be both rewarding and stressful. Family stress management is a topic that can ignite a lot of passion. And it’s sometimes difficult to take a step back and look at the situations with a clear head when you’re dealing with people who are close to you.
There are many reasons that you may be feeling stress and/or pressure from your family, and there are a few things to keep in mind...
Dealing with your own stress in a healthy manner will have a positive effect on the people around you.
This is especially true when dealing with marital stress. Focusing on yourself and your stress rather than your partner's will have a profound impact on your relationship.
Take steps to avoid accepting unnecessary stress from others that you are close to. This may mean that you need to set new boundaries within your relationships and re-define interactions that will create healthier, and more stable interactions.
We all need a break once in awhile, and you may need to consider that it’s okay to tell your family members that while you love them very much, you have your own problems and stress to deal with and need a break from theirs… and then learn to discuss different, more positive topics with one another.
If you’ve been the back-bone and the caretaker for others’ stress and problems, approaching and creating new boundaries will need to be done with care and tact without sacrificing your own needs. However, this doesn’t mean that you completely change course and begin to turn your back on those who need you. There is a careful balance that can be created and maintained with practice.
When you begin to take steps to manage your stress more effectively, it will rub off on those around you. They’ll notice the change in you, and may even ask for your help to learn how to better manage their own stress.
When it comes to your children, your stress management may need to be more guided. As a parent, it is your job to recognize when your children are stressed and introduce some activities that will help the entire family relieve some stress.
If you are one of many stressed parents it's also important for you to focus on you. Don't be afraid to be selfish when it comes to stress management. Making time for you and healing your own soul will help the entire family's stress management goals.
Even young children can learn to manage stress. Check out this great resource for helping your kids learn skills to manage their emotions and stress.
Dealing with family stress can be sort of like surviving a plane crash... you need to put your oxygen mask on first before helping anyone else.
Throughout this site you'll find lots of helpful resources that can help you manage your stress, such as journaling and hypnosis. Be sure to also check out the free e-learning tools available and share your stories as well as read stories submitted by others.
Or pick up your copy of The Stressful Lives Stress Management Workbook today!