In today’s society, stress and anxiety have become more common, affecting people of all ages. Additional stressors due to fragile marital relationships and child custody and/or support typically will increase anxiety thus creating an overwhelming situation. While there’s no one-size-fits-all prescription for stress management, learning healthy stress management practices is critical. Adopting a daily routine which increases your resilience from the inside out will not only enhance your own well-being but will also set a great precedent for your children and encourage healthy habits for life.
Our Tips for Healthy Stress Management
We hope that the following tips transform your relationship with stress and allow you to set a positive example for your children.
Keep a stress journal.
In many situations, we may not be aware of the exact cause of stress in our lives. Keeping a stress journal and recording the specific circumstances which preceded a stress response allows you to analyze your day-to-day routine and make changes to reduce your overall stress load.
Streamline your time and money.
Time and money management are two significant sources of stress in most adults’ lives. Streamlining your activities and expenses may significantly improve your mood and will free up time for more enjoyable, stress-relieving activities.
Stress creates a hormonal response which has an unhealthy effect on the body, but exercise goes a long way to counter these effects. Choosing an activity you really love and/or which involves friends or family members enhances the stress relieving effects, particularly if laughter is involved.
Communicate your needs.
As parents, we often have the tendency to neglect our own needs in an attempt to meet the needs of those around us. Unfortunately, this leads to excess stress and burnout, so it is important to communicate your own needs to loved ones and learn to say “no” when you are feeling overwhelmed.
Adopt a wider perspective.
Some of us make mountains out of molehills and in the process generate unnecessary stress. If what you are worried about is something you won’t even think about years down the road, chances are you could benefit from looking at your situation from a broader perspective.
Look for the positive aspects.
Attitude is everything and maintaining a state of gratitude will transform your entire life. Instead of complaining about what is not going right or what you don’t have, look for the life lessons you are learning or all the wonderful things you DO have in your life to return to a state of inner peace.
Take care of yourself.
We all need to practice self-care to handle stress in a healthy way, so learn to take some time for yourself each and every day. Do whatever feels best to you, be it spending time talking to a friend, getting a massage, going someplace special, etc.; you’re sure to emerge from your self-care session better prepared to manage the stress of daily life.
Set a Great Example for Your Children
Children are like sponges and parents are some of the most influential people in their lives. Naturally, we all want our children to develop healthy habits; setting a great example with healthy stress management techniques will provide your little ones tools to enhance the quality of their lives. Start today and watch how healthy stress management improves your own life and the lives of those around you before, during, and after a divorce.
If you or a loved one are in need of a fresh start, our legal team is here for you. Contact us at 888-220-1098 to schedule a confidential consultation.