Updated: May 11
Does this sound like a day in your three months? Your kids are tired of being home all day and fighting because they just want to play with friends. You are frustrated because you don't know if you can handle another home-schooling assignment. You are trying to keep the baby from crying while your husband has an online work meeting. By dinner time are trying to hurriedly put the food on the table, and your teenager just angrily slammed the door because you asked them if their schoolwork had been completed for the day.
Unfortunately, this is a typical scene for many of us over the last few months. However, the good news is that it doesn't always have to be this way. There are, in fact, some things you can do to ease this stress and create a more harmonious environment so that you and your family can look forward to being home together!
Here are some specific ways you can reduce stress at home
1. Get organized. Homelife can quickly become chaotic when you don't maintain organization. An organized home runs smoothly, while an unorganized home leads to stress and lost time.
A good tip is to start small with your organization efforts. Start with one room or even a portion of a room. The idea is to think of it as a series of small projects instead of one overwhelmingly huge one.
2. Communicate. Your family will certainly benefit from actively working on communication skills. When you fail to communicate effectively, you may not get what you want and can even cause upsetting misunderstandings. Working on communication will allow all family members to feel loved and appreciated and help the household run efficiently.
3. Eat dinner together. When you make it a point to eat dinner together every night, you make time to connect with your family. You'll learn more about each other and how to work as one even through stressful times.
4. Have fun together. It's essential to find ways to have fun together as a family, even while maintaining social distancing. Family time allows each family member to relax and enjoy each other's company while focusing on what is truly important.
5. Show unconditional love. Be sure to practice the art of unconditional love with your family. This leads to secure attachments and will ultimately keep everyone in your family happy and stress-free.
Children and parents alike need to know that, when they make mistakes, they have a loving family that will back them up and forgive them.
6. Give support. Go out of your way for your family members. Actively express your support by really being there for your family - no matter what. Just thinking about how much you love them is not enough!
Now more than ever, it is crucial to show your family members that you are there to support them. This might not be able to be done in person, but we can support each other through phone calls, video chats, text, or even sending something through the mail.
7. Family rules. Having a set of family rules will help with organization and allow everyone to know what's expected of them, especially through these unprecedented times.
Schedule a family meeting to establish the house rules. Make sure everyone has a chance to participate and share his or her concerns. You'll likely find a compromise that allows everyone to be happy.
A happy and stress-free home is one built on love. Don't be too hard on yourself and others, and you'll have the basis for creating an excellent home life.
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