Passion, love argument, and conflict are some of the ways family members communicate with each other, and it is how they bond and develop as a family. However, stress that comes from people who are close to you can be tough to escape. And as the saying goes, ‘you can choose your friends but not your family.’
So, whether it is an unpredicted sickness, financial challenges, arguments of something small, or bad scores, it is literally unavoidable that every family will tackle stress together. However, families that are well prepared for these challenging times always come out stronger and more ready to tackle problems in the future.
The following are some tips to help you keep stress away from your home:
Working out is an excellent way to stay in shape and help get rid of stress. And every half an hour of running or brisk walking can make a significant difference in both your mental and physical health. Also, exercise helps make you feel happy and dynamic by triggering the release of the feel-good hormone, the endorphins.
Besides, according to the APA (American Psychology Association), an estimated 34% of teens say that they participate in physical activity to reduce stress. So, consider incorporating fitness activities that the whole family can participate in, such as bike riding, walking, or even hiking.
Keep your family home clean
The truth is that having kids forces every parent to lower their cleaning standards because, in little time, their priorities have shifted from cleaning the house to taking care of the kids. That is perfectly okay! Lack of time and fatigue can be the main things to blame. However, it is essential to note that multiple studies have shown the connection between an untidy house and some illnesses.
Besides, your levels of stress are highly impacted by the space you live in. so, it is vital to take every step to make sure that your home is clean. Also, make sure that your indoor air quality is good; if it is not, get the help of a professional for your ac repair, add some green plants and open the windows.
Everything surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic can increase the level of stress in your family home. So, it is crucial to put more effort into what is within your control, for instance:
Be a good role model: kids tend to do what you do during quarantine, and they can also be affected by your stress. So make sure that you are doing your best to handle stress utilizing some coping skills whenever you feel stress accumulating.
Keep them informed: do your children know anything about the current pandemic? Consider offering age-appropriate and consistent information to help clear any confusion they might have about the disease. Assist them in every way to stay positive.
You know your kids and spouse more than anyone. So, you are likely to pick up on what they display, especially when they are acting differently. Instead of getting moody too, try to ask what the problem is. Grumpy teens might snub your questions; however, letting them understand that you are available for anything can motivate them to open up.
Many challenges come with living together as a family. A lot of things can introduce stress, so make sure that communication is open, make your home clean, exercise together and if you decide to relocate for peace of mind, take the necessary steps to avoid stress when moving.