For most parents, multi-tasking is just part of the daily routine. By necessity, we become experts at juggling our responsibilities at home, work and school, all in the course of a day. But what happens when some “unexpected turbulence” adds to that already delicate balance?
Dealing with some recent family health issues, I have been feeling a heightened level of stress. When things get complicated for me, I always reach for simplicity. Here are my 5 simple tips that help me deal with unexpected emotional stress. I hope they help you as much as they help me.
5. Limit your multi-tasking. As much pride as I take in my ability to multi-task (an essential skill for parents!), I find that I’m just not as good at it when I’m dealing with too much emotionally. I’m better off not taking that phone call while I’m in the grocery store because I’m sure to forget something. Which leads me to …
4. Make a list! I make lists as part of my daily routine anyway, but when I’m distracted by emotional stress, list-making is the key to getting through the day.
3. Work out. Sounds impossible sometimes, but I am simply a kindler, gentler me when I’ve released my stress physically.
2. Say no. I can’t do that for you right now. No. (It takes practice.)
1. Breathe. Simple, but a lifesaver. Pull over in your car, and shut down for two minutes. Just breathe, think of the good things, and be in the moment. I pray, but if you don’t, just listen to that voice inside you. It knows what it’s talking about.