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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Tips to Handle Stress | Family Economics

By Alison Lewis


Whether it’s family or work, life can be stressful no matter what stage you are in. Between three active children and an aging parent, I have been searching for various ways to help me relax. Below are a few of my favorite tips that have helped me to relieve stress!

1.    Identify the problem: Ask yourself what is triggering your anxiety and write down possible solutions for each. Having a list in front of you will help you understand and identify the issue.

2.    Exercise regularly: Even if it is taking a walk with a friend, stay active! Head to the gym and try a Pilates or yoga class. These classes teach various ways to meditate, while helping loosen tight muscles and facilitate deeper breathing.

3.    Get some rest: Sleep helps your body replenish. Try going to bed even 30 minutes earlier, you’ll be able to handle stress better if you’re well-rested and nourished.

4.    Take a hot bath or get a massage: Take some time to yourself and relax in a warm tub with a good magazine. Put Glade® Pluglns® Scented Oil or Glade® Jar Candles in your bathroom for added relaxation. If possible, get a massage. A massage can help relieve tension immediately and encourage muscular relaxation, making you feel better instantly!

5.    Hang with friends: Spend time with people who make you laugh, are supportive and fun to be with. Talk your troubles out with a professional or a friend.


6.    Travel: If possible, plan a getaway and take some personal downtime in a new setting. Even staying with a friend or family for a night can help give you a new perspective on things and give your mind a night off from stress. Or, make it a family trip and spend some time with your loved ones! If you’re traveling with kids, check out my tips on how to make your vacation stress-free here.

7.    Do what you love: Read a good book, see a movie, go get your nails done or simply watch your favorite show. Make time to do a favorite activity at least once a week to help take your mind off your problems and put a smile on your face!

8.    Stay positive: Keep your head up and stay optimistic! Next time you’re feeling down and nothing else works, try a smile! Smiling tricks your body into helping you change your mood for the better.

What are some of your favorite tips to relieve stress?

Photo courtesy of Alison Lewis.

8 Comments so far

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On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Stuart from Idaho wrote

This is great advice and i love your photos

On Friday, May 3, 2013, Lisa from Nashville wrote

This is fabulous! I love your posts here

On Friday, April 12, 2013, TidyMom wrote

just staring at that photo would relive my stress!!!ahhhhhh, beautiful!! Great tips!

On Monday, April 8, 2013, Jeanette wrote

Great tips and reminders - I need to keep some of these in mind next time I'm feeling totally stressed out!

On Friday, April 5, 2013, Laura wrote

Great Post! My favorite is #7: do what you love. I find that i am less stressed when i really focus on doing what i love and take my mind off the things i cannot control

On Friday, April 5, 2013, Mark from New York wrote

Love that photo! Saw you on Fox & Friends this week in New York! Great job! Best thing that ever happened to Fox in a while!

On Friday, April 5, 2013, William D wrote

Great tips! You are such an inspiration and great mom!

On Friday, April 5, 2013, Tracy from California wrote

Great post Alison for all of us


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