Learn good time management. Schedule a reasonable number of activities, chores, or goals for each day. Overloading your schedule will inevitably result in a stress response:
- Write down which activities must be completed each day, and delegate chores among the members of your household.
- Accept that life won't be perfect. It's more important to have a relaxed home than a spotless house.
- Don't be afraid to say no. You can't volunteer for every worthwhile cause, and your kids don't need to participate in every possible afterschool activity.
- Prioritize what's important for you and your family. Research shows that it is healthiest to limit volunteer activities to no more than 2 hours per week.
- Schedule "down time" every day for reading, reflection, or a fun family activity.
- Anticipate your stress triggers, and practice relaxation techniques and telling yourself positive, affirming messages before encountering stress.
- Stretch your muscles when they first become tense.
- Give yourself positive, encouraging messages before beginning any stressful activity.
- Recognize and accept stressful events you can't control (for example, the weather or other people's attitudes and behavior).
- Ask for help from others -- you don't have to do everything yourself!
- Do aerobic exercise every day.
- Consider learning and practicing yoga, tai chi, and/or mindfulness meditation.
- Eat regularly -- don't skip meals.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Sing and find humor in your day.
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