Juggling between work and personal life can be hard. Sometimes, there are workplace conflicts. Other times, you’re going through family-related stress. Both can impact your health and, eventually, your ability to work.
You can find pockets of peace to handle stressful familial situations and avoid impacting your work. Read this guide to scour your way through any adverse situation.
Sometimes, it helps if you know your stress cues. For instance, when you’re stressed, do you become clumsy, forgetful, short-tempered, or anything else? Try learning your stress cues or ask your family members to observe your signs of stress. You can do the same for them. This way, you can identify the signs of stress and manage accordingly.
A family-related conflict or issue can often affect your ability to do anything. It can impact your work too! Instead, try doing something meaningful and relaxing. You can take out time to read a book, talk to a friend or take a walk to enjoy the outdoors.
Breathing exercises can help with stress. You can try to engage in mindfulness practices such as meditation or breathing techniques. You’ll easily find useful videos on the internet regarding breathing techniques.
Tip: Try to sit straight and tall and breathe for a minute. It can also help if you actively tell your mind that you’re breathing. It may sound silly, but it can help keep you focused on the present and control your breathing.
Eight hours of sleep is important for humans. You can set a time to sleep and wake to practice healthy sleeping. When you try to discipline yourself around a sleeping schedule, it can help to manage stress and frustration.
You can also include a nap time in between the day if it’s possible. You can try a “cat nap” – a 15-minute power nap at work to refresh yourself. Just try to keep the nap time short so you can sleep at night without any effort.
Try to tell remind yourself that it’s okay to feel angry, sad, stressed, or anxious. These are normal human emotions. Instead of avoiding them, notice these emotions and name them. It’ll help you to be self-compassionate. Using consoling words and language can also reduce anxiety during the times of stressful situations.
Sometimes, your priorities may shift during a familial situation, but try to honor and understand your family’s needs. It’ll help in the recovery. As an adult, you can model appropriate responses such as maintaining calm and balance to help other family members, especially children.
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