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Stress management strategy #1: Avoid unnecessary stress

Posted by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 7:59 PM
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Not all stress can be avoided, and it’s not healthy to avoid a situation that needs to be addressed. You may be surprised, however, by the number of stressors in your life that you can eliminate.

  • Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them. Whether in your personal or professional life, refuse to accept added responsibilities when you’re close to reaching them. Taking on more than you can handle is a surefire recipe for stress.
  • Avoid people who stress you out – If someone consistently causes stress in your life and you can’t turn the relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.
  • Take control of your environment – If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the TV off. If traffic’s got you tense, take a longer but less-traveled route. If going to the market is an unpleasant chore, do your grocery shopping online.
  • Avoid hot-button topics – If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation list. If you repeatedly argue about the same subject with the same people, stop bringing it up or excuse yourself when it’s the topic of discussion.
  • Pare down your to-do list – Analyze your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “shoulds” and the “musts.” Drop tasks that aren’t truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.

How do you avoid stress?

source: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm

by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 7:59 PM
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slw123
by on Mar. 23, 2013 at 8:19 PM

I avoid people who stress me out as much as I can.  I also pare down my to do list and assign things to other people.  Oh, and I say 'no'.

jessicasmom1
by Silver Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 9:13 PM
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Thanks I like to avoid people who stress me out if possible  Thanks for the tips

chrissydan
by Gold Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM
I do a lot of these at one time or another to de stress I also have a glass of wine and just focus on something else
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by on Mar. 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM

I do some of these & they do help/work :)

MamaMandee
by Gold Member on Mar. 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM
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I do all of these but Im still working on number one. I hate letting people down.
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flowerfunleah
by Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 12:36 AM

I avoid people who bring unto them a lot of drama in their lives.

flowerfunleah
by Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 12:37 AM
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I don't get involved in my friend's problems, I give advice, but that's as far as I go, it's there choice to follow it. They're strong adults and are capable of figuring out their own problems.

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 8:22 AM

 That's hard to let go of.

Quoting MamaMandee:

I do all of these but Im still working on number one. I hate letting people down.

 

fraujones
by Bronze Member on Mar. 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

These are great tips. 

Juniper53098
by on Mar. 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

I've gotten better at saying no.  I've determined my limits and try to stick to them.  I have set limits with my mom, who used to stress me.  The limit was that I didn't want her husband in my life.  She has agreed to come without him for many years, now.  The only times I have to see him are Christmas and funerals.

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