5 Effective Stress Management Tips For Balancing Work And Home Life

stress-relief-woman-juggling-workFor most women, effective stress management tips can be a godsend. Trying to strike a harmonious chord between work and home life can be a serious balancing act.

In an ideal world, balancing career and family should go smoothly, but we don’t live in an ideal world. In reality you often end up paying too much attention to one and neglecting the other causing problems on both ends of the equation.

Instead of throwing your hands up in utter frustration, make a firm decision to stop struggling! There are some easy stress management strategies you can use to help you manage the pressures of life effectively.

5 Stress Management Tips For Work-Home Life Balance

1. Get a planner.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to become skilled at time and stress management. You can save yourself a lot of frustration and wasted time just by planning out your days. Invest in a good planner and organize your days. Be sure to include both business and personal commitments to ensure that you’re coordinating your schedule and managing your time effectively. This is one of the most important aspects of stress management for parents.

2. Leave Room For Changes.

It’s smart to plan a schedule, but it’s equally important to include room for a certain amount of flexibility. A rigid inflexible schedule itself can be a source of strain, tension, and frustration. Be practical and leave some time for commitments you may need to make at the last minute.

3. Keep the lines of communication open.

stress-management-tips2Your family suffers just as much as you do when there is an imbalance in your work and home life. It’s okay to let your boss and colleagues know that you need to spend extra time with personal and family commitments.

The same holds true in communicating with your family. Let them know when a project or other work commitment will require extra time and focus. That way, no one needs to feel neglected.

4. Leave job problems at the office.

This is easier said than done but it’s worth the effort. When you get home after a long challenging day at the office, make a point to leave your work-related issues behind. It’s so easy and tempting to carry it around with you as you go about the rest of your day.

The best job stress management tip I can give you is this: What happens at the office should really stay there. Your boss pays you for 40 hours a week. Nothing more and nothing less. So avoid “carrying” the office tension and drama around with you for 80 hours.

5. Use Natural Remedies.

parental-stress3Some people turn to medications to deal with strain and anxiety, but we all have the ability to handle problems in the workplace effectively on our own without the use of prescription drugs and pills.

Try reading articles on time management if your are often overwhelmed by pending deadlines. Learning a few practical time management skills may be all you need to meet the deadlines each month with less anxiety.

Your work-related tension may also follow certain predictable events such as performance evaluations, when you make a mistake, when you are faced with a work overload, when its time for new training, and whenever there is office conflict. If you are aware of the triggers, you can also take steps to handle the strain and frustration before it happens.

If the end of every month is usually maddening at work, make a point to get extra rest every last week of the month, or make an appointment for a massage that week, or plan some relaxation games.

Even if there are a lot of things going on with your job that cause you strain and tension, you can be in control and use stress management tips to maintain balance at work and at home. Implementing a few simple ideas is all it would take to manage your stress effectively. It really is all in your hands.

A Natural Stress Relief Solution That Works!

Are you looking for a stress relief solution? Stupid question, who isn’t these days? We can all benefit from stress management tips and advice. Life brings all kinds of pressures. You may have:

  • A busy schedule
  • Family issues
  • Work-related problems
  • Relationship trouble
  • Financial anxieties
  • Parenting challenges
  • Death of a loved one
  • Health concerns
  • …and many other things that consume your life.

Six Stress-Busting Activities to Do With Your Kids This Weekend (Part 2)

In part 1 of this article, we  shared 3  super fun ideas for stress-busting activities you can do with your kids on the weekends.

Here are 3 more great ideas for fun spending quality time with your kids, while at the same time alleviating stress.

4.    Create a family crossword puzzle. This activity is tons of fun for everyone. You can use a large piece of graph paper or find crossword puzzle templates on the web. Using your own graph paper requires quite a bit more thinking, but with older kids, this may be just what you’re aiming for.

•    All the clues in your puzzle should be connected to your family. For instance, one clue may be the name of the family dog. Make extra copies of the finished product since your child will want to share this puzzle with the entire family.

5.    Make a family collage. This fun activity is for children of all ages. Buy a sheet of poster board and collect all the family photos that have been sitting in boxes and drawers for years collecting dust. Arrange the photos randomly on the poster.

•    The most interesting collages are those that have the photos of different sizes overlapping each other. Once you and your child have decided on a favorite arrangement, glue the photos to the poster board. Voila! An instant family heirloom!

6.    Assemble a paper family quilt. Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be if you could make a special family quilt? Then, when reality set in, you realized that you have neither the time nor the expertise for such a daunting project. Well, here’s the perfect alternative. Make a paper family quilt with your children!

•    All you need on hand are 12 pieces of construction paper, some yarn, a single hole puncher, some crayons or markers, and anything else you would like to put on your quilt pieces to make them special for your child.

•    The construction paper pieces are your quilt blocks. You and your child should decide how to decorate each quilt piece. You may want to draw pictures of special people, places or things in your child’s life. Or use photos, tickets stubs, and more.

•    Once you’ve completed decorating the quilt blocks, lay out the finished quilt on the floor or table in order to punch the holes for tying the quilt. Then use the yarn to tie your quilt blocks together.

•    The finished family quilt makes a wonderful wall hanging in your child’s room or an extra special gift from the heart for any family member ( such as grandma).

So, the next time a weekend rolls around,  have fun with these unique activities with  your kids. You’ll both be glad you did!

Last week we shared 3 more super fun ideas for stress-busting activities you can do with your kids on the weekends. Click here to read that article.

Six Stress-Busting Activities to Do With Your Kids This Weekend (Part 1)

If you are a busy mom, you may be hard-pressed for quality time to spend with your kids.  What if you could come up with a memorable activity that will help you spend quality time you’re your kids which all of you can enjoy together as a family.  The kids would love it and you get to send the stresses of the week packing.

Here are some great activities you can share with your kids this weekend:

1.    Make an “All About Me” book. Every child loves to be reminded about the special place he or she holds in your heart. Collect some photos of your child from birth to the present day. (Don’t forget to include a bunch with you in them!)

•    Take some construction paper, or other paper made of sturdy stock, and cut it in half. The number of pages of your book is up to you.

•    Start with the earliest photo and discuss with your favorite little one the events and emotions that surrounded that particular moment. Children love to hear how excited you are to have them in your life!

•    Now, write a few simple sentences in child friendly language to caption each photo. When you’ve finished creating the pages, simply punch a hole in the upper left corner of each and tie the pages together. There you have it! A treasured book to last a lifetime.

2.    Start a collection. It’s no secret that kids like to collect things, from video games to candy wrappers. Why not help them start a fun hobby that can take them into adulthood?

•    Maybe you’d like to share a collection of your own. Or, better yet, discover a unique interest in your child and guide him or her to the joys of collecting something related to that passion.

•    These ideas can help get you started: seashells, coins, stamps, rocks and minerals, sports cards, postcards, comic books, fossils, or figurines (such as horses, frogs, cats, unicorns, dragons, and more). The list is truly endless.

3.    Design a vacation travel brochure. Perhaps you’ve been thinking, “I sure would love to take the kids on a vacation.” Maybe you even have a destination in mind. Design a travel brochure with the children detailing all the fun and exciting places to see and things to do on your trip.

•    The Internet provides you with a wealth of photos and information about anywhere on this planet! Gather the kids around the computer and dream away. Before you know it, you’ll be packing your bags with kids in tow!

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article next week!  We’ll share 3 more super fun ideas for stress-busting activities you can do with your kids on the weekends.