Balancing life and stress

Is it hard for you to balance life? Is it difficult to balance stress that you are under? We as adults live a life with stress daily but what about our children? The stress that we deal with as adults also effect our children in various ways along with the stress they deal with from various places such as school, work etc. Today I would like to give you statistics and talk about balancing life and stress.

We all know stress is a part of everyday life. Statistics shows us that approximately 33% of individuals report feeling exceedingly stress. It has also, been reported that 77% of a persons physical body becomes effected by the stress they are experiencing. Are you aware that 73% have reported the stress and strain a person feels is effecting their mental health, and 48% struggle with sleeping issues due to stress they feel and struggle with.

Stress not only effects adults in their personal life, but, also in our place of employment. However our children in todays society and for years also are under a lot of stress or pressure at school as a matter of fact, there are studies that indicate that pressure and strain is the number one concern in high school students health. This problem raises issues that interfere with the students mentally, emotionally and physically. Sadly, at times it ends with devastating results, such as suicide.

Stress is shown to affect more so single mothers, women in general and family caregivers along with less than half of ethnic population. It is true that stress effects everyone, however, the above groups feels the pressure more so than others.

With the cost of living expenses, events occurring in the world there are lots of stressors that effect all of us in various ways from physically, mentally, emotionally to acting out our frustrations, worry and anger. When we are under loads of stress it effects every aspect of our lives. Our health, finances, friends and family, employment, bills.

The big question is how can we balance our life and the stress we feel on a daily basis? How can we lower our stress levels so that our health does not become effected? Are there tools we can use and things we can do to help us from facing these kinds of issues? I know personally if there is something I could do to lower my chances of having health problems, mental health issues, anger and frustration I would do all I could to lower my odds. There is hope and there are things one can do to lower their odds of all the above.

Studies show us that there are 10 effective ways that we can manage our stress levels such as figuring out the main reason which is making one stressed, making limits and placing boundaries, use time management wisely, meeting all our necessities of life (eating right, exercise, meditation and yoga are helpful as well). Be socially engaged with others in our communities (such as church, social clubs, friends, family). Be open to trying various treatment options (aroma therapy, meditation, herbal tea’s etc. ) make time for yourself to just enjoy yourself and relax. You can find more tools and techniques in the reference.

Have you ever thought it be possible that the stress we possibly feel may be an indicator that our life is out of balance? Sounds crazy I know. We were created to have balance in our life and if we are out of balance or out of sorts our lives can be effected. Some warning signs could be, even though we work it does not feel like progress is being made. We may feel wore down and notice our physical bodies are become effected, (such as anxiety, physical symptoms). We try to accomplish to much at one time. We need to shorten that to do list. Feeling as though we are not living for us, rather we perceive we are living for someone or something else.

So how about those steps and tools to help with balancing our lives and helping us to align ourselves as we should be? First, being realistic and admitting that we can not accomplish everything at once, rather, slow down and prioritize what needs to get done, which makes our plates less full than it was. By contending with 1 to 3 problems at one given time helps to less our stress. Second, make sure to create “me time” for ourselves and take care of ourselves so that we can be on top of what we need to deal with. I personally was always told, take care of yourself so you can take care of your children they need you. Third, making ourselves goal oriented and creating a plan to reach that goal in our lives. Fourth, making sure not to just take care of our physical, emotional and mental health needs but, also, making sure we are taking care of our spiritual needs as well. As we were created mind, body and spirit. I personally believe it is important that we do not neglect any part but that we take care of all three.

Be sure to keep in mind our children suffer in balancing life and stress as well and the sad part is they may suffer in silence because, they don’t want to bother their parents with their problems. I personally had to watch for tell-tell signs if you will to see what was going on and to investigate to find out if there was any way I could help my children when they were in school. I still watch today even though they are adults. By keeping our eyes and ears open and watching for things such as angry outburst, isolating themselves, behavior changes. It helps to keep the communication lines open so to speak. I always wanted my boys to know that they could always come to me if something was bothering them.

This crazy world we live in does keep our lives in chaos and stressed. Be good to yourself and care for you so you can care for those around you that need you. It may be hard to balance life and stress but it can be done. Find which ways work for you as an individual and press on. Happy reading everyone.

Author: My cerebral palsy life

I became a writer in 2010, then I pursued an education in health care administration. Working to get a medical coding certificate to add to my professional titles. I and my husband have 2 adult children, 2 dogs. I was a single mother of two for 18 years. I have personal experience in health care as a cna, mental health and raising children with developmental disabilities. I am an advocate for the disabled as I was born with cerebral palsy and have learned to overcome challenges in life. My motto is life lessons are to be teachable, to educate, share our skills and learn to understand others that we encounter on life's journey.

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