Tools for Family Stress Management
Let’s talk about family stress management. It might seem that there’s nothing you can do to manage the sources of stress in your life. However, stress is a powerful emotion that puts your mental and physical well-being at risk. Learning to manage stress is an important part of any healthy lifestyle. The next two blogs will explore how to manage stress and meet challenges head on. If you learn healthy tools to manage your own stress, your family will be much better equipped to follow your example and cut down on stress.
1. Identify Why You Are Stressed.
In order to fix a problem, you first have to know what that problem is. While it’s easier to identify major sources of stress, such as a new job, a new child, or a divorce, not all stress is caused by such a specific and temporary event. If you are stressed all the time, start by examining why you feel this way. Do you see stress as necessary to function?
2. Start a Journal.
Writing things down is an excellent way of identifying patterns and common themes. Each time you feel stressed, write in down in your journal. Also consider writing down how you felt, how you dealt with the stressor, and how you made yourself feel better.
3. Get Moving.
Physical activity is a stress reliever, and exercise releases endorphins that make you feel better. You do not have to do anything extreme to see the benefits- take a walk around the block, or have a dance party at home.
In part two of the stress management blog, we will explore the 4 A’s of stress management: avoid, alter, adapt and accept. Consider starting a journal and moving more as part of your stress management tools and schedule an appointment with our health coaches at KareBoost Health to further dive into how to manage your stress!
Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach