Guest Contributor Liz Lotts
Pull your hair out. Bite your nails. Pace the floor. Dig into a pint of ice cream. These are all common forms of stress management. Unfortunately, they aren’t the most productive means of coping. As a parent, you’re already strapped for time. Add to that financial unease, family demands, work woes and maintaining overall health and well-being. It’s a challenge finding time to keep up with the daily grind, let alone taking time to manage the stress of it all.
Unfortunately, if you let stress pile up like those loads of laundry, the weight will eventually become too much too bear. Mount Vesuvius hasn’t erupted in quite a while, and your family doesn’t need a reenactment. So, instead of letting yourself hit a boiling point, follow these five simple steps to not only manage stress but to overcome it.
O – Organize your thoughts, your feelings, even your closet if you need to. Make a list of everything that’s bogging you down, with the most stressful issue at the top and the least of your worries at the bottom. Ranking your stressors unveils a certain perspective you may not have seen before. This will help you tackle the most important things first.
V – Vent to someone. It’s important to get it off your chest, so you don’t feel such a heavy load. Be selective about who you talk to, though. Make sure it’s a person you trust and who won’t make you feel judged. Even talking to your reflection in a mirror or out loud in the car can be a helpful release.
E – Exercise to boost endorphins and push through the negative emotions. Not only does exercise improve mood with a rush of feel-good hormones, it can help you keep a lid on stress-induced anxiety. A recent study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health concluded that those who exercise experience reduced levels of anxiety long after their workouts. And, sometimes a strong hit to the punching bag just feels good.
R – Review your feelings. After organizing your thoughts, writing or talking out the main stressors and working up a sweat, it’s time to reevaluate. You’ve had some time to cool off and let the issues air out. Now, you should have a clearer viewpoint of the factors causing your stress and their importance in your life.
COME to a conclusion – a conclusion to change. To properly and productively manage stress, something in your life will need adjustment – your schedule, your spending habits, your priorities or maybe just your attitude. For instance, if you’re stressing over household chores, divvy up the duties or hire a cleaning service. Living paycheck-to-paycheck and can’t climb out of debt? Seek professional financial counseling. You will successfully overcome any stressful situation once you realize that for every problem there is a solution.
By: +Elizabeth Lotts writer for Vitacost.com. Vitacost.com has been selling discount vitamins since 1994. Since then it’s grown into one of the biggest online marketplaces for healthy living essentials-with vitamins and supplements being just one of their many helpful categories! Get the best price on vitamins like Vitamin D, nutritional supplements, health foods and healthy diet products. Vitacost.com’s customers mean the world to them, and it’s their goal to provide you with the best nutritional supplements, natural foods and sports nutrition to help with your health and wellness. Vitacost.com is not affiliated with this blog, and isn’t responsible for content outside of this article.