Share responsibilities and chores
Instead of taking everything on by yourself, get others involved. Assigning specific chores around the household means there’s that much less to worry about. If emptying the dishwasher is your daughter’s job and taking the bins out is done by your son, you do not have to worry about it anymore. Fixed routines and chores also avoid stressful arguments and teach children to take responsibility. Regarding meals, share the cooking with your partner or flatmate, and treat yourselves with a meal or takeout once a week. Another great trick is to prep meals in advance, storing portions in the freezer for a day when you don’t have the time to cook.
Handle emotional stress in a constructive way
Swallowing anger or suppressing hurt feelings might seem like a safe bet to avoid conflicts, but in the long run, the accumulated tension will cause stress. Instead, seek out a calm moment and address your concerns. By expressing your own feelings instead of making accusations, avoiding words like “always” or “never” and making an effort to understand the other person’s perspective, you can solve the conflict in a stress-free way. In contrast, not every tiny issue has to turn into a full blown discussion. Instead of getting worked up over your partner’s socks lying on the floor, ask yourself: Will this still matter a year from now? If yes, then address it as described. If not, take a second and remind yourself of your partner’s wonderful qualities; it will be easier to overlook their small flaws.
Do what brings you peace
When you cannot pinpoint a specific stressor but experience an intangible feeling of imbalance, find an activity that calms your mind and brings you inner peace. Whether it be yoga, meditation, arts and crafts, physical exercise or autogenic training (a relaxation technique) — experiment with different outlets until you find your holy grail.
Me-time and digital detox
Too much screen time is a notorious contributor to stress. Try apps that help you limit screen time or even commit to full digital detox days where you allow yourself some me-time away from technical devices. Indulge in your own little wellness retreat; light some candles, relax in the warm bath with a book, apply a face mask and drink a soothing cup of chamomile tea.