Focus On Reducing Your Own Stress First
Now, if you’re the head of the Family and you’re stressed out, you need to assume that it’s going to rub off on everyone else. That’s what stress does. It’ll even rub off on your kids - they can feel when you’re stressed, and it can affect the way they behave and feel. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so make sure you work out ways to reduce your own stress.
Do A Tech Detox Together
Technology can be one of the worst things for a stressed out family. It’s true that you might not be able to get along without tech entirely - after all, you use your phones to stay in touch with one another, and you might even have work or homework to do on the computer. That’s fine. Just don’t spend anymore time than you need to using technology, especially not later on at night when you need to be settling down to bedtime.
Go On A Vacation Or Trip
Go on a vacation for a week or two, and if you can’t do that, go away for a couple of days. Exploring somewhere new with the people you love has been proven to increase dopamine levels, which improves happiness overall and brings you closer together.
Get Rid Of Clutter
Clutter is one of the biggest causes of stress in the home, especially if it’s not sentimental. Do your best to keep things minimal, and if you must have clutter, make sure it’s the sentimental kind.
Say No To Things
Don’t feel obligated to take your kids to every sleepover and playdate. Don’t accept every invite to a party if you need some time to relax together at home. Saying no isn’t rude, it’s protecting your precious time and energy and allowing you time to do what makes you happy.
Use Soothing Home Decor Elements
Your home decor is going to play a big part in how you feel, too. Make sure you’re using elements in your decor that soothe you, rather than make you feel more stressed. For instance, red can look nice in certain situations, but it isn’t going to help if you already feel stressed out. Use relaxing colors like blue and green in the home. You could also use something from aromatechsystems.com to enjoy the benefits of essential oils, which have been proven to relax people for centuries. Then there are things like Himalayan salt lamps (which I use in my bedroom), which can actually change the ions in the air and make you feel happier.
Do you have any tips to share that help your family feel less stressed?
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