From newborn babies to normal life, stress is a very common phenomenon that can happen at any given time. When a woman is pregnant and under stress, this can be transferred to her womb and affect an unborn baby. No one can avoid stress when dealing with real life, so it’s important to learn how to manage it. If it’s not managed effectively, then it can lead to arguments and confrontation within the family unit.
When you bring stress home, the entire family can pick up on it and it can affect their mood too. Since a family is made up of different people, the odds of stress striking at any given moment is high. Life is full of stress and the best way for anyone in the family to handle it is by learning techniques to manage it.
Stress does not walk up to the door and ask politely to enter. Instead, it creeps into a person’s emotions and comes out in a negative way. People tend to handle stress differently:
- Busting out in tears
- Getting angry and lashing out at others
- Falling into an unexplained depth of depression
Everyone will release their stress in different ways. Since family members are the closest people around, it’s important for them to recognize signs of stress in their loved ones.
Children and Stress
Adults have the ability to manage their stress in ways that are unnoticeable to others. But for children, it’s a bit different. Children go through a lot at school and there are many different situations that could stress them out. Children need to know that home is their “safe haven”. This means they can walk through the door and talk to someone who can relieve their mounting stress. As an adult, you need to be ready, willing and able to just listen. If a problem exists, don’t try to solve it unless they ask you to do so.
It is up to the parent to recognize stress in their children. Talk about stress with them and let them know that this is just another part of life and there are useful coping mechanisms to deal with it.
Spouses and Stress
A spouse can come home all stressed out, feeling isolated because they can’t release it. Instead of walking away and having your spouse cope with it alone, encourage them to talk about it and let the stress out. Use soothing, encouraging words, so they can calm down.
The last thing you want to do with their spouse when they are stressed out, is start an argument. Instead, approach the situation with a comparison of something that caused stress in a similar situation and explain how the stress was dealt with.
Relieve Stress with Activity
One of the best ways to take your mind off something that is causing you stress is to do some activities. Plan a camping trip for the weekend. Try playing games at home or outside in the yard. Maybe have everyone help in the kitchen with preparing dinner. Any of these items can divert you from concentrating on whatever is causing your stress.
Just note that doing something together is helping you, or someone you love, avoid thinking about the ‘thing’ that is causing stress.
Communication Helps Relieve Stress
When a person is stressed out, they will probably be reluctant to talk about it at first. However, when people know each other well, they should know how to communicate in a calm and soothing manner. A soothing voice can go a long way with someone that is dealing with emotional stress. It can make them feel more at ease and they will feel more open to discuss where the stress is coming from.
Once a healthy line of communication has opened, stress can be tackled as a team. When you work as a team, then the ideas start flowing and it becomes easier to discover the best strategy for defeating stress. It may not be defeated overnight, but it can be overcome little by little.
Stress and Trauma
Stress can cause a stroke or even a heart attack if it is repressed and not treated properly. No one wants to experience such trauma. Communication plays a big role in releasing stress. The more willing a person is to talk about stress, the better they will feel. Let them talk about the situation, no matter how long it takes. If you, or someone you care about, is unable to speak about what is causing the stress and to find a solution together, then it may be time to speak to a therapist or medical professional.
We know that life is full of stress, but the best way for anyone in the family to handle it, is by learning various techniques to manage it. Don’t let stress keep you from being the person you want to be and don’t let stress ruin relationships with the people you care about the most. Set a course of action to manage your stress or find a professional who can help you cope with it.
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