Having a child who requires special attention can prove to be an extreme stressor affecting your wellbeing. You are so busy with the daily grind and the intensity of the work you do with your child that you may very well be distracted from the fact that you are stressed. Every part of you is operating under extraordinary conditions, stretching you to your physical, emotional, and spiritual limits.
You see, stress does not discriminate; it can attack anyone, at any time, any way it so chooses, no matter where. You probably don’t even notice it’s there but one day you wake up and something isn’t quite right. Either you catch every cold or bug that comes around, you start getting headaches, your sleep is disrupted, your allergies are getting worse, your skin tissue becomes challenged. If you ignore these symptoms you might start developing more serious issues like cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases.
But all isn’t doom and gloom. Stress can be a good thing … as long as it’s managed. The way I like to look at it is that it is an opportunity for growth. We learn the lessons and we move on.
Here are 8 simple steps to help put things in perspective:
- Prioritize. Do only those things that absolutely need to be done.
- Ask for help whenever you need it.
- Learn to say no. You don’t have to accept every invitation just to please others.
- Learn forgiveness. It helps you let go of difficult situations.
- Talk things through with a friend or someone you trust.
- Exercise. Even short walks will help relax you physically and emotionally.
- Eat a balance diet with lots of fruit and vegetables. Ditch the frozen dinner, canned soup and cold cuts.
- Take time for yourself. Take a “mommy break” if only for 10 or 15 minutes every day and leaf through a magazine, listen to music, or simply close your eyes and do some deep breathing.
It may take some time to put all of these into practice. Take it one step at a time. Remember the old joke “How do you eat and elephant? The answer: ”One bite at a time.”
Choose one step you feel you can implement today. Once you’ve got it down pat add another step and just keep going. It’s really that simple.
How do YOU keep stress at bay? Share your secrets and start a conversation.